This year Simonsig became the most-awarded cellar in the history of the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge by winning the competition’s Best Producer Award for the fourth time.
Cuvée Royale 2012, a 100% Chardonnay wine with lees contact of 60 months, was crowned the best wine of the competition, as well as top in the Blanc de Blancs category, while Simonsig’s Woolworths Pinot Noir Rosé No Added Sulphur MCC 2015 won the Rosé category.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, judging panel convenor Heidi Duminy, CWM, said the overall standard was agreed by all judges to be excellent, with vintage distinction playing a key role.
This year’s judging panel consisted of Cape Wine Master Heidi Duminy, sommelier and consultant Higgo Jacobs, educator and journalist Cathy Marston and winemakers Elunda Basson and Johan Malan from JC le Roux/Pongrácz and Simonsig respectively. All wines were rated according to a 100pt system, and the scores of producer-judges were not taken into account for their own wines.
The prestigious 2017 Cap Classique Challenge, hosted by the MCC Association in association with Portugal-based cork company Amorim, took place for the 16th consecutive year on 14 September at the 12 Apostles Hotel. About 97 entries were received.
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