NWC National Wine Challenge 2020

National Wine Challenge Top 100 SA Wine Results 2020

National Wine Challenge Top 100 SA Wine Results 2020

The National Wine Challenge, incorporating Top 100 SA Wines, the premier fine-wine-only wine competition in SA, launches the industry’s first set of key results for 2020.

Given the nature of lockdown, it was of course not possible to host the annual celebratory fixture this year.  A strong line up of well over five hundred fine wine entries made for a very competitive challenge, albeit in exceptionally difficult industry circumstances.  Not a record number, but given the lockdowns, ban on sales, logistical issues to deliver and move wines and so on, we felt really very pleased with this result.  Moreover, the wine quality this year was absolutely outstanding.  It has brought out the best and this always makes for a great set of results.  Most importantly, vineyards can now use these results to aid their much needed wine sales and to further enhance their brand, for the balance of 2020.


ROBIN VON HOLDT reviews the 2020 NATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE (NWC), now in its 10th successful year:

“We are totally thrilled with this year’s success! Now in our 10th year running this premier fine-wine competition, we highly value the positive, strong levels of support and commitment offered to us by many of SA’s leading vineyards.  We find it both stimulating and rewarding to work with SA’s talented wineries. There continues tremendous respect for the manner and approach applied by our professional team as it goes about its business to support and promote SA fine-wine through the National Wine Challenge. Wineries continue to see valuable commercial advantages and brand enhancement opportunities competing for the acclaimed array of awards. Industry and public recognition of stellar performances provides independent credibility for high performing wines.

SA fine wines remain on the ascendency. Their quality continues to improve and many critics support the SA fine wine scene against strong competition worldwide.  Cellar practices have further improved  together with more stringent viticulture applications.  The result is better fine wine generally, showing more favourable structure and balance in our best wines, with less extract and manipulation.  Despite the global negatives of Covid 19, together with our own local and peculiar industry sanctions and issues, the future, once we overcome these obstacles, remains a bright one.   Thus, we too continue our justified praise of SA’s fine wines at every opportunity. And especially the current, now- awarded Top 100 SA wines.  They totally deserve it!

The results in 2020 are particularly strong.  They showcase a diverse portfolio of exceptional wines.  This award is always a tough nut to crack.  Attracting more fine wine entries simply makes it that much harder to achieve the coveted win.  A good number of new vineyards again entered the 2020 NWC for the first time. Pleasingly a few managed to crack a win! The quality of judges, the judging protocols and rigorous audit, leads the way and sets the standard that others follow. Our warm thanks again go to all of our supporters. Our special congratulations go of course to all 2020 winners.”

Original  Source: wine.co.za 

Onto the results… 

Top 100 & Double Platinum awards

  • Alvi’s Drift Verreaux Pinotage 2017
  • Alvi’s Drift Verreaux Pinotage 2018
  • Alvi’s Drift 221 Special Cuvee 2018
  • Albertus Viljoen Chenin Blanc 2019

Double Gold awards

  • Alvi’s Drift 221 Chenin Blanc 2019
  • Alvi’s Drift Reserve CVC 2019
  • Alvi’s Drift Reserve Chardonnay 2019
  • Albertus Viljoen Chardonnay 2019
  • Alvi’s Drift Reserve Drift Fusion 2018

Congratulations to our wine making team and all the staff who contributed to producing these wines.

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