Want to showcase your pride? Entries for the third annual Standard Bank/Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge are now open and all South African Chenin Blanc producers are welcome to enter their offerings.
South African Chenin Blanc has created a buzz in recent years and it’s gaining momentum. This variety is raking in awards, locally and abroad, and is moving the South African wine industry forward.
The wines will be judged over three days, from 5 to 7 July, during blind tastings by a panel of wine experts. These wine fundis include chairperson Christian Eedes, one of South Africa’s most respected wine judges; Jamie Goode, a London-based wine writer for the United Kingdom national newspaper The Sunday Express; Higgo Jacobs, who is certified with the Court of Master Sommeliers; Cathy van Zyl, Master of Wine, regular judge and associate editor of Platter’s South African Wine Guide; Samarie Smith, wine writer and judge; as well as associate judge Tinashe Nyamudoka, Head Sommelier/Beverage Manager at The Test Kitchen.
This year marks the third challenge and entries into this competition have grown significantly since its inception. The Top 10 wines will receive R20 000 each. Since the inception of the competition, wineries have acknowledged the fact that producing wine requires teamwork and have embraced the stipulation of the Top 10 Challenge that the prize money must be used to reinforce the economic and social benefits in the workplace. The awards ceremony announcing the winners will take place on 24 August at Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch.
“We are privileged to be a strategic partner in the current Chenin revolution,” says Willie du Plessis, Standard Bank Head of Business Banking: Western Cape. “We truly believe that this cultivar will act as the catalyst of what moves the South Africa wine industry forward.”
Closing date for entries and submission of samples is 29 June 2016.