Two of Boland Cellar’s new wines shone brightly at the 21st annual Michelangelo International Wine Awards this September. The Boland wines, which received the prestigious awards, were the 2015 One Formation Pinotage Shiraz Grenache and 2017 Talent and Terroir Chenin blanc. Approximately 1 600 wines were judged at this year’s competition.
“The Boland Cellar team is immensely grateful and humble to be recognised at an acclaimed global competition such as the Michelangelo International Wine Awards,” says Maraleze Knoetze, Boland Cellar marketing.
2015 One Formation Pinotage Shiraz Grenache
The One Formation wine range, which includes the Michelangelo’s gold-medal winner, the Pinotage Shiraz Grenache blend, reflects the cellar’s key goals, to “collaborate” and combine different elements. In this case, three varietals were combined to form a singular blend.
The One Formation series was inspired by experimenting with lesser-known varietals to result in a range of authentic regional blends. The 2017 Pinotage blend provides layers of dark, and ripe fruit, and has a juicy and approachable taste profile – all harmonising in a smooth, lingering taste.
The Pinotage was cold-fermented and then blended with the Shiraz and Grenache to ensure the long, clean finish. The wine can be enjoyed with grilled beef rump or braised pork.
2017 Talent and Terroir Chenin blanc
Boland Cellar’s second gold-medal winner, the 2017 Talent and Terroir Chenin blanc, certainly shows the winemaking team’s dedication to producing a great, signature wine. The 2017 vintage’s harvest came from a very dry, yet cool season, which allowed the Boland Cellar team to create a versatile wine with a beautiful tropical and litchi taste profile.
Adding to the winning wines, is Boland Cellar’s newest release in the Talent and Terroir range, the 2017 Sauvignon blanc, which took a silver medal.
The One Formation Pinotage blend sells at approximately R79 per bottle, while the Talent and Terroir Chenin blanc and Sauvignon blanc are available at around R55 per bottle. The wines can be purchased at selected liquor outlets and the tasting room in Paarl.