Orange River Cellars scoops top award

Platinum winners for Muscadel SA 2017, from left, Alvi van der Merwe, Chris Venter and Tiaan Loubser.

The 15th annual Muscadel SA Awards function, sponsored by Enartis SA, was held at Noop, Paarl last week, where among 23 entries, Orange River Cellars from the Northern Cape was triumphant for the third consecutive year, winning two platinum awards.

Orange River Cellars’ white muscadel 2016 as well as their red muscadel 2016 both received platinum awards – Muscadel SA Awards’ highest accolade.

“Our muscadel are not made in the old traditional way anymore; we make use of modern technology, like red- and white winemakers, to ensure that the balance and quality are perfect before we bottle,” says Chris Venter, production manager at ORC.”

The Breederivier Valley was well represented by Du Toitskloof Cellar with their Du Toitskloof Cellar Red Muscadel 2014 being awarded platinum a second year running. “The secret is top quality grapes from a top region. This wine is made with passion and great aging potential, crafted to a product close to the consumer’s heart,” says Shawn Thomson, chief winemaker at Du Toitskloof Cellar.

Alvi’s Drift Wines from Worcester was the fourth wine to be awarded platinum at this year’s awards for their Alvi’s Drift Premium 2014.

“This muscadel along with our Verreaux Pinotage is part of the Alvi’s Drift Ultra-Premium range; this wine was carefully made with a lot of passion and we are happy to share it with the consumer,” says Alvi van der Merwe, from Alvi’s Drift.

Two cellars between Worcester and Robertson were awarded gold; Nuy Winery for their Nuy Rooi Muscadel 2012 and Rooiberg Cellar for their Rooiberg Red Muscadel 2014.