The Decanter Wine Awards are held in London every year under the aegis of the important wine magazine, Decanter. They are certainly one of the most important international competitions and often set the benchmark for other awards.
Words by Greg Landman
The judges are drawn from all over the world and are considered the best palates in the business. SA wine fundi Fiona McDonald is the Regional Chair for South Africa and well known sommelier—head of the Sommelier Association of SA—Higgo Jacobs is one of the judges on the panel.
This year two SA wines were voted Best in the World at the Awards, a no mean feat when one considers the competition.
The Paul Cluver Seven Flags Chardonnay 2016 was crowned the best in its category and the Vin De Constance 2013 from Klein Constantia was voted best in the Sweet Wine category. The Chardonnay is superb—of course—from 26 year old vines on the Cluver estate in Elgin, aged in 25% new oak barrels. It abounds in intense citrus notes, a world beater if ever there was one. Wine maker Andries Burger is to be congratulated on this great achievement.
The Vin de Constance is the latest in the iconic wines that were much loved in times gone by by people like Napoleon who drank them on faraway St Helena and writer Jane Austen who loved a spot or two before dinner. Both of these wines are currently available on the respective estates—at a price, naturally.
PAUL CLUVER ELGIN PHONE 021 844 0605
KLEIN CONSTANTIA PHONE 021 794 5188