The 2019 SA Women’s Wine & Spirit Awards discovered some wines, spirits and liqueurs that are out of this world.
The aim of the annual competition is to find worthy wines, spirits and liqueurs judged by all-female panels, and to award the best products entered.
Packwood won a Gold Award for their 2018 Blanc de Noir.
White wines saw a significant growth from last year and the number of 2019 wines entered was surprising, especially considering how early in the year this competition is being held. The general feedback from our panellists were very positive. The 2019 Sauvignon blanc wines stood out as crisp with persistent length. Last year 2018 Chenin blanc wines were highlighted as outstanding, and 2019 again stood out this year. Panellists agreed that the Chenin blanc class was really exciting and diverse, especially the newer vintages.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Sauvignon blends seem to do consistently well and this year was no exception. One judge singled out the Shiraz wines for the good integration shown, while some thought the red blends were some of the most impressive categories.
This year the sweet wines showed extremely well, with the Muscadels and natural sweet wines some of the favourites.
The judges on the wine panel were: Katie Barratt, Wanda Cronje, Tanja Beutler, Erika van Zyl, Catherine Dillon CWM and Doulette Braak. The judges in the spirit and liqueur panel were: Dr Caroline Snyman CWM, Marlene Bester and Anriënka Vlok van Zyl.