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Muscadel kings crowned

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Orange River Cellars’ White Muscadel 2015 and Du Toitskloof Cellars’ Red Muscadel 2014 both received Platinum awards at the recent 14th Muskadel SA Awards.

Orange River Cellars shows constant good quality with its fortified wines, adding this award to its tally of three Platinum and two Gold Muskadel SA Awards since 2013.

“This wine was a real team effort,” says Chris Venter, production manager at Orange River Cellars. “The new packaging, as well as the Platinum award we received at last year’s Muskadel SA function, definitely impacted on our sales,” says Venter.

Du Toitskloof Cellars in the Breederivier Valley is a 100% Muscat de Frontignan with a plain, yet striking etiquette and excellent aging potential.

“Muscadel is one of our speciality wines and we only produce 5 000 litres annually. We use grapes from only one block of vineyard, thus we are ensured of only the best quality fruit to make a great wine,” says Shawn Thomson, winemaker at Du Toitskloof Cellars.

Gold Awards

The Breederiver Valley showed once again why it is the “soetes” capital with a hand full of Gold awards.

Van Loveren Rooi Muskadel 2015, Rooiberg Red Muscadel 2015, Badsberg Red Muscadel 2014 and De Wet Cellar Rooi Muskadel 2014 all received Gold awards.

Boplaas in Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo won Gold for the second consecutive year for its Boplaas Heritage White Muscadel. Last year the Boplaas Heritage White Muscadel 2011 won Gold and this year the Boplaas Heritage White Muscadel 2013 walked away with the honours.

Tasted blind, the wines are judged and scored according to a tried and tested points system.  The uniqueness of the packaging also contributes to the final points tally and often means the difference between a gold or platinum award. Consumers can identify winning Muscats by the Gold or Platinum Muskadel SA stickers on the bottle

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