After a record 239 entries in 2010, which have grown from 151 five year ago, which is relatively high, considering the very strict wine of origin rules that are applied in this competition making it an expression of our top Terroir wins. Only wines certified as a single vineyard wine, estate produced wine or from a specific ward can participate, and in the judging “only quality counts”, says Marius Labuschagne, the Project Leader of SA Terroir Wine Awards. The Judges at this year’s awards were Charl Theron, David Biggs, David Hughes, Erika Obermeyer and Pierre Marias. Fort Simon which is situated in the Bottelary ward in the Stellenbosch District, was again awarded the National Trophy Winner for the Top Fort Simon Platinum Collection, Viognier 2009, in South Africa, this follows on from them receiving the same award for the maiden 2008 Vintage last year. Winemaker, Stander Maass describes this wine as a very aromatic wine, with lots of typical Viognier aromas of peach, quince, pineapple and apricot flavours, leading to a perfectly balanced wine with soft wood aromas. He recommends the wine with white meat dishes as well as scallops, thai food and fish dishes.
The Fort Simon Chenin Blanc 2009, which is a lightly wooded Chenin, was also awarded the Top Chenin Blanc for the Bottelary ward. This was one of 19 entries in this category. Fort Simon’s Chenin Blanc remains one of their icon wines. For the first time ever in this competition a trophy was awarded to the top wine area. The Bottelary ward performed exceptionally well with five finalists and three National Winners.