KWV reigns supreme in global wine stakes once again, thanks to its eight illustrious medals awarded at this year’s Concours Mondiale de Bruxelles International Wine Championship. Taking centre stage when the results were announced on Friday, were the Paarl wine and spirits producer’s red wines, which also claimed one of the event’s rare Grand Gold medals.
KWV The Mentors Shiraz 2011 was singled out by a panel of the world’s foremost international wine judges as worthy of the Grand Gold, which was awarded to less than only one percent of the 8 200 entries this year.
Other prize-winning red wines in the KWV The Mentors premium range – the Pinotage and Petit Verdot, both of the 2011 vintage – proudly shared the podium to receive Gold medals, along with the Laborie Jean Taillefert 2011, Cathedral Cellar Triptych 2011 and KWV Classic Tawny. Silver medals were awarded to KWV The Mentors Chenin Blanc 2012 and the KWV The Mentors Cabernet Franc 2010.
“Naturally, we’re delighted with the consistent recognition our wines have received at this high level,” said KWV Chief Winemaker Johann Fourie.
“This is particularly true of the red wines in our KWV The Mentors portfolio, which are styled for international palate. Their performance at Concours Mondiale and authoritative competitions like it, as well as the response from wine connoisseurs around the world, demonstrates the success of this strategy.
“Another highlight for us is the Gold medal won by the KWV The Mentors Pinotage 2011. Pinotage is an outstanding variety. It is pleasing to see it being rewarded by international judges in an internationally recognised competition,” said Fourie.
A total 50 producer countries competed during the 19th Concours Mondiale de Bruxelles, held this year in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Sommeliers, wine buyers, importers, journalists and wine writers – in all 305 wine tasters representing 40 nationalities – gathered for three days to judge this year’s entries.
KWV is a leading wine and spirits producer in South Africa. Its head office is located in Paarl, in the Western Cape region – one of the country’s top wine producing areas. The company sources wines and grapes from the best and most sought-after viticultural regions in South Africa. KWV is known internationally for brands such as Roodeberg, KWV wines, Golden Kaan, Cathedral Cellar, Café Culture and the KWV 3, 5, 10, 15 and 20 Year Old brandies. KWV is a founder member of the Industry Association for the Responsible Use of Alcohol (ARA).