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IWSC London 2004 Best Red Blend in the World: Kaapzicht Steytler Vision 2001

The results of the prestigious annual International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London has been announced and history was made. The Kaapzicht Steytler Vision 2001 became the first so-called Cape Blend to be selected as the best red blend in the world.

More than 30 wine producing countries participated at the 2004 IWSC.
Red blended wines which contain South Africa's homegrown red wine variety, Pinotage, is referred to as a Cape Blend. The Kaapzicht Steytler Vision 2001 which received the international Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Trophy for the Best Red Blend consists of 40% Pinotage, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot.

Most winemakers and marketers agree that a so-called Cape Blend should contain at least 30% Pinotage, but I wanted to make our homegrown red wine grape variety even more prominent, therefore the 40% Pinotage. South Africa must have its own unique red blend rather than always imitate other countries. This award is a blessing from God and one will always be grateful, says Danie Steytler, owner and winemaker of Kaapzicht Estate

In addition, the Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2001 at the same competition also received the international trophy for the Best Pinotage.

 

Kaapzicht scoops Michelangelo International Awards, Johannesburg, September 2002

Dear All,

I have great news about a great surprise, which hit us this weekend: at the Michelangelo International Awards evening in Johannesburg our Steytler Vision received a silver medal, the Steytler Pinotage a gold medal and our little, medium of the range Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Kaapzicht Bin 3 walked away as best red blend of the entire competition ( 724 entries ), with a Grand Gold Award !!!

During the conversation with the judges afterwards it became clear, that they had not been looking for robust blockbusters, but for harmonious, well balanced and elegant styles of wines. ( seven of the eight judges were from overseas, one from South Africa)

The best news is, that we have about 5000 x 6 cases of the Grand Gold winner in stock, plus another 1500 x 6 cases of the very smooth drinking previous vintage 2000 and the price will NOT be increased.

How is that for good news on a Monday morning ?

Best regards,

Yngvild

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