Welbedacht Hat Trick 2006 voted SA's Best Red Blend at 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards
26 May 2009
In a fitting accolade to mark South Africa’s 350 years of winemaking, the Welbedacht Wine Estate of Schalk Burger and Sons has won the coveted Trophy Award in the category of Best Red Blend for South African Wines at the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards in London. The Welbedacht Hat Trick 2006 was one of 10,000 entries received this year, of which only 2.8 % won a gold or trophy award. The Decanter World Wine Awards is the largest wine show in the world.
Schalk Burger Snr, proprietor of Schalk Burger and Sons, is delighted with the result. "What makes this so special is that this category is hotly contested. Winning a Trophy Award in this category is an amazing achievement for us."
"The Welbedacht Hat Trick 2006 is a Cape blend that consists of 50% Pinotage, 25% Syrah and 25% Merlot; a fitting testament for a cultivar that expresses itself so exceptionally well on the soils that we are blessed to have on our Estate on the slopes of the Groenberg in Wellington," says Burger.
Jacques Wentzel, Cellar Master at Schalk Burger and Sons, says 2006 is fast becoming a superb vintage for fruit flavours, which lie at the heart of the Welbedacht Hat Trick.
"The core of this blend has been the immense fruit focus which culminates in the Pinotage contributing fresh red berries and the more complex plum flavours. The Syrah adds the spice and floral flavours, while the Merlot rounds it off with the fullness that it adds to the final mouth feel,” he says. “These cultivars beautifully express the terroir of our estate and encapsulate our winemaking philosophy, namely to make wines that are varietal expressive. The quality of our blend is also helped by the fact that we built our cellar to suit our fruit."
The name 'Welbedacht' means "well thought out" in Dutch - a fitting name for this increasingly prestigious wine estate where great care is taken to express each wine and cultivar’s unique character.
"As only traditional methods are used to make our wines, we believe that the 2006 Welbedacht Cape blend embodies all the attributes of a rare hat trick, and as such, a black label is awarded to it," he concludes.
Submitted by: Rolf Carelse
Redline – a division of DraftFCB (SA)
Enquiries: Tiaan Burger
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Reference: pr02 - welbedacht voted sa’s best cape blend at 2009 decanter world wine awards
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