The premier National Wine Challenge aims to identify winning wines by cultivar and blend, with medals awarded for top- scoring wines.
Rietvallei Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 – Double Platitum Top 100
Rietvallei Natural Chardonnay 2019 – Double Gold
JMB Chardonnay 2019 – Double Silver
Rietvallei Chenin Blanc 2019 – Double Silver
JMB Cabernet Franc 2016 – Double Silver
Estèanna Red Cabernet Sauvignon Cab Franc Petit Verdot 2016 – Double Silver
Our 1908 Muscadel 2015 and Rietvallei Red Muscadel 2018 received 91 points on Winemag under the sweet and fortified catergory.
Our JMB Cabernet Franc 2014 received Gold at ther Sommelier Wine Awards 2019.
Our Estéanna Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot 2016 received Silver at ther Sommelier Wine Awards 2019.
We are happy to announce that our Rietvallei JMB Chardonnay 2019 received a gold medal and placed in the top 10 best chardonnays in the world at the 2020 Chardonnay du Monde.
The 2020 Chardonnay du Monde saw 658 samples from 37 countries being tasted and scored. The competition was held at the Chateau des Ravatys in France’s Burgundy region, where half the judging panel came from outside France. Not only do organisers comply with international competition standards, but use scientific criteria for tasting and maintain strict quality standards, making this one of the most credible international contests.
An overview of our JMB Chardonnay 2019:
The Rietvallei JMB Chardonnay 2019 is a full-bodied, complex wine with excellent fruit and wood- integration. Lots of work in the vineyard and minimal interference in the cellar, allows this wine to express its terroir to the fullest. A complex nose, rich in citrus aromas and complemented by some spicy, toasted oak notes. The palate is rich and creamy, with a mixture of ripe orange, lemon and lime flavours.
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The Rietvallei 1908 Red Muscadel is a unique dessert wine, made from the oldest red Muscadel vineyard in South Africa. The bush vine was planted on the Estate in 1908, by the second generation of the Burger family, and consists of approximately a quarter of a hectare. At more than a 100 years old, these bush vines have an extremely low yield, resulting in an excellent fruit concentration.
Muscadel was the first wine made on the estate and the original Muscadel-making recipe is still used to this day (for many years this hand-written recipe was still nailed behind the cellar door). As passed down through the generations, most of the traditional wine making techniques like the fermentation in open concrete tanks, the wetting of the cap by pushing it down by hand every two hours during fermentation and finally the use of a hand operated basket press, are still followed. You could really say that this wine is hand made.
The bush vines were harvested by hand at 28 °Balling (Brix), and after slight crushing taken to open concrete fermentation tanks. Here it was kept on the skins for two days for colour and flavour extraction. During this time the mash was worked every two hours by means of manual punch down and pump-overs. On day three the must naturally started fermenting and fortification with pure wine spirits was done on the skins. Extra skin contact was then allowed for another two days before racking and pressing. The must was then left on its primary fermentation lees for six months after which it was racked again and allowed to further tank mature for 12 months on the fine lease before bottling. This maturation is essential for the marriage of the spirits and the wine.
Winemaker Kobus describes this delicious dessert wine as deep red in colour, full-bodied, rich, yet gentle. A floral bouquet comes through on the nose, with typical raisiny sweetness and an intense flavour that lingers on the palate and follows through on the aftertaste while the acidity compliments and balances the sweetness. This is a true collector’s item and additional bottle maturation gives excellent results.
When entertaining, this beauty pairs excellently with noble cheeses and almost any dessert. It is delicious with rich chocolate or strawberries & ice cream, but has no qualms to stand on its own and is a perfect companion in front of the fireplace on a chilly evening.