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The competition seeks to reward non Bordeaux-style blended wines that are created  reflect their unique origins and expression of place. This year’s competition drew 82 entries from 62 producers. These were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Erica 2014 scored 91 points, making it the second highest scoring wine of the competition. For more details and the full results, click here.  
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 13:40

Gold Medal in the 2017 Gold Wine Awards

We’re delighted that our 2017 Vondeling Rosé has already picked up a Gold Medal in the 2017 Gold Wine Awards. The Gold Wine Awards are judged by wine enthusiasts under the watchful eye of the Cape Wine Academy. The focus of the competition is excellent value and as such, all wines judged were under R110 per bottle. The tasting is conducted blind and the results are audited. Congratulations to Matthew Copeland and the winemaking team!  
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:20

Julian's July Newsletter

Julian Johnsen (Vondeling) Simon Leschallas, Rupert St. Aubyn, Claire Williams, Mark Levison Gower, James Thorne (Cambridge Wines) and Bridget Johnsen (Vondeling) The end of June and July have been busy times for us involved in Vondeling. On June 22nd in Mayfair, London, we launched our first vintage of Philosophie (2014) which is our attempt at producing an ultra premium Bordeaux blend from our vineyards. Each bottle is numbered and 1650 were produced. Each year, we commission a different artist to…
Vondeling 2015 Chardonnay achieves 90 point score in the UK based wine journal Decanter. The exceptional 2015 Chardonnay from Vondeling shone amongst its SA counterparts in the April 2017 issue of UK wine journal Decanter. Out of 120 South African Chardonnays tasted, 7 were deemed “Outstanding” with scores of between 95 and 97 points, and 47 judged as “Highly Recommended” with scores of 90 -95. Leading UK based wine judges, Tim Atkin (MW), Greg Sherwood (MW) and John Hoskins (MW)…
The SA Wine Classification and SA Cellar Classification – updated annually since 2004 – are based on the top ratings and awards from experts in the world’s most respected forums for the assessment of wine quality and interest value where South Africa has a significant presence. This involves reviews by panels of judges who conduct their assessments in a ‘blind tasting’ environment, i.e. with the names of the wines and their producers withheld so as not to influence the jury…
We are so proud to have been awarded our second consecutive John Platter 5 star award. This time last year, winemaker Matthew Copeland accepted the award for the 2012 Erica, our flagship red. This year, for the 2015 Babiana, our flagship white blend. Based on Chenin Blanc from a single block planted in 1986, and blended with Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay - the Babiana is named for a rare species of fynbos that is endemic to the Paardeberg. The stellar…
The 2016 Veritas Awards attracted 1 760 entrants to this year’s competition, and from all these hopefuls, only 30 double gold and 130 gold medals were awarded. Vondeling’s flagship, Shiraz based blend, Erica 2013 was amongst the 30 wines that achieved double gold medals in what was arguably one of the most fiercely contended categories. The Red Blends category attracted the highest number of entries (227) and only three double golds were awarded. Five renowned palates from around the globe…
We are very proud to announce that the 2013 Vondeling Cabernet Sauvignon has won gold at the 2016 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Out of 1067 entries, only 35 wines were awarded gold medals from which the final 21 trophy winning wines were selected. The Vondeling Cabernet was one of only two Cabernet Sauvignons to wine gold, and or trophy medals. The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is in its 15th year and is convened by leading South African wine authority,…
We’re very proud to have won two gold medals in the 2016 Michelangelo Awards; one for our flagship Shiraz based blend, Erica, and one for our secret weapon, Cabernet Sauvignon. There were 1829 entries into this year’s awards, of which only 271 were awarded gold. Says Michelangelo CEO, Lorraine Immelman, “By employing internationally respected and highly experienced judges and abiding by the highest international technical standards, the Michelangelo has become a global player on the world map of wine and…

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