Anton Swarts CWM, Sandy Harper CWM, Bennie Howard CWM, Beyers Truter (chairperson of the Pinotage Association), Christine Rudman CWM, Colin Frith CWM
The Absa Vintage Pinotage Awards is a ground-breaking initiative that celebrates the artistry and outstanding craftsmanship of South African winemakers. In its first year with a fresh approach, the awards have evolved from the Absa Top 10 Pinotage awards to focus on judging Vintage wines separately. This innovative decision was made in collaboration with the esteemed Institute of Cape Wine Masters, ensuring the utmost integrity and expertise in the evaluation process.
At the Institute of Cape Wine Masters, we extend our warmest congratulations to all the deserving winners who have displayed how beautiful Pinotage wines can age. Your dedication to producing outstanding Pinotage wines has not gone unnoticed, and we celebrate your well-deserved achievements.
The Absa Vintage Pinotage Excellence Awards have attracted a panel of distinguished judges renowned for their discerning palates and extensive knowledge of the wine industry. The esteemed judging panel includes Bennie Howard, Anton Swarts, Christine Rudman, Colin Frith, and Sandy Harper, each bringing their expertise and passion to the evaluation process. Their collective experience and deep understanding of the nuances of Pinotage have ensured a rigorous and fair assessment of the nominees.
Beyers Truter, Chairman of the Pinotage Association, expressed his excitement for the new direction of the Absa Vintage Pinotage Excellence Awards, saying, “The decision to judge these Vintage wines (wines 10 years and older) separately was a progressive move inspired by the Institute of Cape Wine Masters. We believe this approach will shine a spotlight on the exceptional qualities of each Vintage, highlighting the uniqueness and diversity of South African Pinotage wines.”
Once again, congratulations to all the winners and sincere thanks to everyone who participated. We are grateful for the partnership with the Pinotage Association, and our Cape Wine Masters are looking forward to judging the Absa Vintage Pinotage Awards in 2024 and beyond.