De Grendel walked away with three awards at the 19th Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards of South Africa. This year 17 international wine and spirits specialists from 15 countries were joined by local judge, Gregory Mutambe and brandy and spirits judges, Dave Hughes and Dr Caroline Snyman, to judge the entries over 6 days in mid-August.
A total of 1 665 entries from 364 producers were entered in a total of 48 classes. De Grendel was awarded Platinum for De Grendel Rubaiyat 2013 and Gold for De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and De Grendel Op die Berg Pinot Noir 2012.
Lorraine Immelman, founder of the Michelangelo Awards commented on the consistently high number of entries received: ‘This is an indication of the wine industry’s dramatic move to international markets over the past decade. As the world becomes smaller and the South African market becomes more and more saturated, producers have to investigate ways of increasing exports of their products. We believe that a wine which has fared well in Michelangelo will be well accepted in countries.’
De Grendel is honoured to have received one of only 13 platinum medals! The platinum medal was awarded to the De Grendel Rubaiyat 2013 which also won a Gold award at the IWSC Awards earlier this year.