The results from the 24th Concours Mondial de Bruxelles wine competition are in, and Boschendal has garnered one gold and four silver medals for its wines, which fuse a 330-year wine making tradition with contemporary innovation. With 9080 wines from 50 countries competing for coveted grand gold, gold, and silver medals, these results are outstanding and a testament to the winemaker’s visionary handling of South Africa’s exceptional terroir.
The 2017 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles were held in Spain from 5-7 May, with an international panel of 320 judges comprising buyers, oenologists, journalists, and sommeliers. Such a large gathering of experts is inevitably an influential occasion, revealing important insights into the latest viticulture trends. Aside from this, it’s also an opportunity to celebrate excellence, and the wonderful diversity that makes the world of wine unique.
The gold medal was awarded to the Boschendal Lanoy 2015 – known for its enticing fruitiness and gentle notes of cigar box spiciness – while silver medals went to the Boschendal Sommelier Selection Chenin Blanc 2016, the Boschendal Sommelier Selection Pinotage 2015, the Boschendal The Pavillion Chenin Blanc 2016, and the Boschendal The Pavillion Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015.
Says marketing manager Shirley van Wyk, “We are honoured to be recognised by one of the world’s foremost wine tasting championships. One of the defining features of this competition is the diversity both of its entrants and the judges so it’s wonderful to know that our wines compete at such a high level internationally.”
BOSCHENDAL, A TRULY MODERN WINE ESTATE
One of the most established and iconic wine estates in Stellenbosch, Boschendal has reinvented itself to appeal to a new generation of wine lovers. The estate has a farm-to-table approach to wine which encourages visitors to understand the origin of the wine, the winemaking process and taste the terroir in each glass.
Boschendal’s young winemakers are driving change by experimenting creatively while preserving traditional winemaking techniques to produce premium wines, such as the limited release Vin de Memoire Chardonnay and a range of contemporary wines, served exclusively at the Werf Restaurant.
While Boschendal exports to over 50 countries, the winemaking team endeavours to entice the palates of both international and local wine lovers with modern wines and welcomes all visitors to explore the farm, which has undergone a true metamorphosis with the addition of farm-to-table dining options, an abundant five-acre food garden and the philosophy of working sustainably with nature to produce real food.