CTEX: Wine, Beer & Spirits Awards 2019



On Tuesday, 26th February 2019, the top dogs of the wine, beer and spirits industry in Cape Town and surroundings showed faces and shook hands at the starting of our second week of awards ceremonies which was hosted at the ever so charming, Nomad Bistro & Bar. Our panel of judges took their time filtering through all the possible nominations, and even then struggled to get the nominations down to 5 per award category, but alas we are here and very excited to recognize and celebrate diversity in the alcohol industry. The first event of the second week of ceremonies within the Cape Town Experiences Awards 2019 was incredible to say the least.

The evening started with some drinks from our sponsors, and delicious snacks from the great entertainment venue, Nomad Bistro & Bar while business owners and like minded people came together and shared stories and ideas.

Soundtrack recorded live at the ceremony. Performance by The Guy is Alive.

Video by Kaashif Stellenboom [[VIDEO GOES HERE]] It’s been months of planning and careful execution from the judges and our team to put together this extravagant event and what an honour it has been to see it come to life!We'd like to thank NOMAD Boutique Backpackers for accommodating our hosts and guests who flew in from across the country to celebrate the adventures of the Cape, and a big thank you for all the nominees and their supporters who have attended the ceremony. Cape Town wouldn't be Cape Town without its adventures and tourism!And lastly, but definitely not the least, thank you to all our sponsors who helped us make this happen. So without further adue -- It is our pleasure to announce the nominees and winners of each award AWARD: Best Lager NOMINEES:

  • Striped Horse

  • Boston

  • Jack Black

  • Drifter The Legend Lager

  • Devil's Peak

WINNER:

  • Drifter: The Legend Lager

Started in early 2015, Drifter is a nautical-themed brewery based in Cape Town, South Africa. Drifter symbolizes adventure, creativity and community, which is what the team strive for in the beers and at the brewery. Whether it is sinking a batch of Belgian triple beer on the ocean floor or adding peanut butter to a winter brew, Drifter is always looking ahead and pushing the boundaries to keep the craft beer industry exciting in South Africa.

AWARD: Outstanding Beer Innovation NOMINEES:

  • Darling Brew

  • Devil's Peak Brewery

  • Boston Breweries

  • Woodstock Brewery

WINNER:

  • Devil's Peak Brewery​

Devil’s Peak has been at the forefront of the South African craft beer scene since 2012. For the last six years, they have built a reputation as one of the country’s leading and pioneering craft brewery. AWARD: Best Weiss NOMINEES:

  • RedRock Badmoon Crystal Weiss

  • Boston: Johnnie Gold

  • Darling Brew: Bone Crusher

  • Newland Springs Mountain Weiss

  • CBC Amber Weiss

WINNER:

  • Darling Brew Bone Crusher

In operation since 2010, Darling Brew is one of South Africa’s first well established and award-winning microbreweries. They brew a wide range of premium specialty beers, including traditional lagers, ales, oat ales, pale ales, IPA’s, wheat beers and exotic darks – that are loved for their flavour, quality ingredients and brewing process. **In the category of Best Weiss, one nominee received so many votes that the judges couldn't help but take note. The public has spoken! WINNER OF THE BEST WEISS - READER'S CHOICE AWARD:

  • Newlands Springs Mountain Weiss

AWARD: Best Pale Ale

NOMINEES:

  • Quagga (Perdeberg)

  • Woodstock Californicator

  • Atlantic Storm

  • Citizen Alliance

  • Woodstock Pot Belge

WINNER:

  • Atlantic Storm

An award winning microbrewery in Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa. They are dedicated to producing quality craft beer with exciting & unique flavours. Winners of Silver Medal at 2017 South African National Beer Trophy, Bronze Award at 2017 Cape Town Festival of Beer and Winners of the 2013 Rogue Brewers Award at SouthYeasters Summer Festival.

AWARD: Best Craft Cider

NOMINEES:

  • De Grendel Three Spades

  • Cluver & Jack

  • Sxollie

  • Cape Town Cider House

  • Everson's

WINNER:

  • Cape Town Cider House

From backyard brewing in the ‘burbs to the high streets of Woodstock, the humble apple has made its way all the way from the fertile soils of the Elgin Valley to the stainless-steel tanks at Cape Town Cider House. And from that, a true craft cider was born.

AWARD: Rising Star

NOMINEES:

  • Aegir Project

  • Wild Clover

  • Urban Brewing Co

  • Brewer's Coop

  • Jack Black Brewing Co

WINNER:

  • Jack Black Brewing Co

Focussed on distinctive quality and innovation, their beer is made from the finest natural ingredients at their state-of-the-art Cape Town craft brewery. At Jack Black’s Brewing Co they are dedicated to brewing beers that inspire themselves in the brewery. Their focus is flavour and their philosophy is to innovate while staying true to traditional, hand-crafted methods. AWARD: Cape Town's Champion Beer

NOMINEES:

  • Jack Black Lager

  • CBC Amberweiss

  • Devil's Peak First Light

  • Striped Horse Lager

  • Citizen Alliance

WINNER:

  • Striped Horse Lager

Striped Horse Lager pairs a layered malt complexity with perfectly balanced hops to create textured, yet easy drinking, refreshment - the ultimate African thirst quencher. Enjoy their crisp, refreshing beers – perfect for those dry, hot African days… and nights!

AWARD: Best Pinotage

NOMINEES:

  • Kanonkop Black Label

  • Beyerskloof Diesel

  • Simonsig Redhill

  • Vondeling - Bowwood Pinotage

  • Spier 21 Gables

WINNER:

  • Simonsig Redhill

At Simonsig, the Malan family values drive the Estate’s commitment to producing wines of internationally regarded excellence, expressing the unique and diverse terroir of the Stellenbosch region.

AWARD: Best Merlot

NOMINEES:

  • Eagle's Nest

  • Anthonij Rupert

  • Schalk Burger Welbedacht

  • Meerlust

  • Buitenverwachting

WINNER:

  • Eagle's Nest

Quality and consistency is paramount at Eagles’ Nest. Their unique terroir, combined with passionate attention to detail in the vineyards, yields fruit that is crafted into wines which are the epitome elegance, finesse and complexity.

AWARD: Best Cabernet Sauvignon

NOMINEES:

  • Rust en Vrede

  • Le Riche

  • KWV The Mentors

  • Delaire Graff

  • Warwick First Lady

WINNER:

  • KWV The Mentors

KWV is a leading South African wine and spirits producer with a distinguished heritage. KWV is celebrated around the globe for its product innovation and exceptional brands, which include Roodeberg, The Mentors, KWV Brandy, Laborie, Cathedral Cellar and Classic Collection.

AWARD: Best Red Blend NOMINEES:

  • Ataraxia Serenity

  • Idiom Cape Blend

  • Vilafonté Series C

  • Vergelegen Estate - V

  • La Motte Hanneli R

WINNER:

  • Vergelegen Estate - V

Founded on 1 February 1700, Vergelegen (meaning "situated far away"), has been under the ownership of some of the world's great explorers and visionaries, each of whom, in their own way, have helped shape Vergelegen to what it is today: a world-class Estate.

AWARD: Best Shiraz

NOMINEES:

  • Saronsberg

  • Alvi’s Drift Signature

  • Boschkloof Wines - Epilogue

  • Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines - Iron Syrah

  • Hartenberg Estate - The Stork Shiraz

WINNER:

  • Saronsberg

Nestled at the foot of the mountain after which it is named, Saronsberg Wine Estate is a contemporary addition to the rich heritage of Tulbagh Valley. The cellar is a contemporary building with a beautifully finished tasting room. Earthy textures were combined with contemporary touches in this spacious area from where visitors have views into both the hi-tech fermentation cellar and the maturation cellar whilst being surrounded by Saronsberg’s contemporary art collection.

AWARD: Best Sauvignon Blanc

NOMINEES:

  • De Grendel

  • Kleine Zalze Family Reserve

  • David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner

  • Fryer's Cove Sauvignon Blanc

  • Anthonij Rupert Wines - Cape Of Good Hope

WINNER:

  • Fryer's Cove Sauvignon Blanc

Fryer’s Cove is the only vineyard within the Bamboes Bay ward, which is also the smallest ward in South Africa. The vines of Fryer’s Cove dot the hillside 500 meters from where the cold ocean throws its breakers against a rocky shore. The locals are as robust and unfettered as the landscape and it is this terroir that imbues every bottle of Fryer’s Cove wine. Fryer’s Cove wines have a distinct maritime flavour, hence our slogan ‘forged of the earth, tempered by the sea’.

AWARD: Best Chardonnay

NOMINEES:

  • Meerlust

  • Ataraxia

  • Warwick First Lady

  • Paul Cluver Seven Flags

  • Crystallum - Clay Shales Chardonnay

WINNER:

  • Warwick First Lady

Warwick Estate is a high-end South African winery in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. It has a rich history dating back to 1771. They implemented an environmentally friendly approach to produce top quality grapes, refraining from using pre-emergent herbicides in our vineyards.

AWARD: Best Chenin Blanc

NOMINEES:

  • De Morgenzon

  • Ken Forrester

  • Mulderbosch

  • Stellenrust

  • Alheit Vineyards - Radio Lazarus

WINNER:

  • Ken Forrester

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, their vineyards are commonly referred to as the Home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years our range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades. AWARD: Best MCC

NOMINEES

  • Graham Beck- Cuvee Clive

  • Simonsig Estate - Cuvèe Royale

  • Le Lude - Rose

  • De Grendel - Brut

  • Perdeberg - Rose

WINNER:

  • Perdeberg - Rose

Established in 1941, their wines are rooted in a tradition of producing award winning wines grown in various micro climates in the area. The superior quality of Dry land vineyards and their innovative winemaking techniques combine to produce premium wines of world class quality. AWARD: Best White Blend

NOMINEES:

  • Mullineux White

  • Alphabetical Vin Blanc

  • Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh

  • Waverley Hills Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2018

  • De Krans Tritonia

WINNER:

  • Waverley Hills Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2018

Waverley Hills is a unique winery, they are moving away from a system based on inputs of chemicals, to a management-based system of grape-growing, establishing a “green approach” to winemaking. Waverley Hills wines are organically certified by ECOCERT, based in France, but conducts inspections in over 80 countries making it one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world.

AWARD: Best Classic Dry

NOMINEES:

  • Triple Three Gin - Juniper

  • Pienaar And Son - Empire Gin

  • Jorgensen's - Original Gin

  • Cape Town Gin - classic dry

WINNER:

  • Cape Town Gin - classic dry

The Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company recently launched the premium Cape Town Gin brand as a proudly South African gin. Distilled and bottled locally, these gins have a distinctly South African flavour and celebrate the vibrant diversity of Cape Town. AWARD: Best Floral Gin

NOMINEES:

  • Bloedlemoen

  • Inverroche

  • Musgrave

  • Six Dogs Blue

  • Cape Town Gin Company - The Pink Lady

WINNER:

  • Musgrave

**In the category of Best Floral Gin, one nominee received so many votes that the judges couldn't help but take note. The public has spoken!

WINNER OF THE BEST FLORAL GIN - READER'S CHOICE AWARD:

  • Six Dogs Blue

AWARD: Best Fynbos Gin

NOMINEES:

  • Buchu Gin

  • Cape Fynbos Gin

  • Woodstock Gin Company

  • Wilder's Distillery

  • Sugarbird Fynbos Gin

WINNER:

  • Wilder's Distillery

Photo credit: Kaashif Stellenboom & Kyle Josephs.





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