Some fresh excitement is brewing as the winners for this year’s Pinotage Rosé competition have been announced. Since the introduction of the competition in 2017, the interest in this category has skyrocketed, having grown immensely popular among casual wine drinkers and aficionados alike. This increased demand has resulted in more producers adding Pinotage Rosé to their wine portfolios.
This year’s winning Pinotage Rosé wines are quality-driven and refreshing, while showing great nuance and poise, reiterating the versatility of Pinotage wine styles.
Vice-chair of the Pinotage Association De Wet Viljoen says, “It is an understatement to say that we surprised to see the enthusiasm of many producers showing a keen interest in this competition. The notion that bottles with stickers sell, definitely puts our phenomenal producers on the top of the list when it comes to buying Pinotage Rosé”.
“On behalf of Absa, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to this year’s winners. The Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions have made this a challenging year for all South Africans, especially the wine industry which is a significant contributor to the South African job market. As a proud partner to The Pinotage Association we are encouraged with the resilience shown by the winemakers during these difficult times. Absa reaffirms our commitment and support to the industry and wish it continued success for the future,” says John Tshabalala, Managing Executive for Absa Retail and Business Banking, Cape Region.
The expert panel consisted of Wilhelm Pienaar, Danie Steytler, Rüdger van Wyk, Corlea Fourie and Charles Hopkins.
WINNERS – 2020 PINOTAGE ROSÉ COMPETITION
Bon Courage Lady of the House Pinotage Rosé 2020
Winemaker Jacques Bruwer
De Krans Pinotage Rosé 2020
WO Western Cape
Winemaker Christoff de Wet
Merwida Pinotage Rosé 2020
WO Western Cape
Winemaker Magnus Kriel
Painted Wolf Rosé Pinotage Rosé 2020
Winemaker Jeremy Borg
Florence by Aaldering Pinotage Rosé 2020
Winemaker Reinhard Odendaal