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Our Award-Winning Wines

An array of awards and accolades were given to many of our offerings in 2019 and Orange River Cellars is proud of these prestigious achievements.

Alternative Varieties Report Winemag

Presented by Winemag.co.za the Alternative Varieties Report focuses on single-variety wines which fall outside the mainstream.

2018 Lyra Quasar 89 points

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is a premier wine competition, identifying the very best Cape wines, recognising the achievements of the country’s winemakers, and honouring excellence in the wine industry. Old Mutual has been the headline sponsor of the competition since its inception in 2002 and the show’s judges sift through more than 1000 wines entered annually and presents the top wines to some 1500 wine enthusiasts at Public Tastings in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

BRONZE:
2017 Lyra Vega
2017 White Muscadel
2018 Straw Wine

NWC  / Top 10 SA Wine Challenge

The premier National Wine Challenge aims to identify winning wines by cultivar and blend, with medals awarded for top- scoring wines. This competition’s approach helps to position winning wines with strength and integrity, building their own wine brand and facilitating enhanced sales. According to the organisers it also helps wine lovers to buy better wines.

TOP 100 / DOUBLE PLATINUM AND GRAND CRU WINNER:
2017 Red Muscadel
2018 Straw Wine

TOP 100 / DOUBLE PLATINUM:
2017 Lyra Vega

DOUBLE GOLD:
2017 White Muscadel 2018 Lyra Quasar

SA Muscadel Awards

Tasted blind, the entrants for the SA Muscadel Awards are judged by a panel of five judges and scored according to a tried and tested points system. Consumers can identify winning Muscats by the gold or platinum Muskadel SA stickers on the bottle. Enartis SA have been involved in the Muscadel Association for 15 years and as sponsor of the awards.

GOLD
2017 White Muscadel
2017 Sweet Hanepoot

China Wine and Spirits Awards

The China Wine and Spirits Awards (CWSA) is the biggest wine competition in Hong Kong and China. CWSA Judges together sell 75 million bottles of wine and spirits per year making it the most influential wine and spirits awards in the world. The awards are focused on finding wines and spirits for the Chinese market, which are judged by 100 Chinese wine and spirits buyers (which include importers, distributors and retailers).

DOUBLE GOLD
2017 Lyra Vega

GOLD
2018 Ruby Cabernet 18 2018 Pinotage
2019 Sauvignon Blanc

SILVER
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

BRONZE
2017 Shiraz 17

Winemag Signature Red Blend Report

Winemag.co.za’s annual Signature Red Blend Report aims to reward winemakers who are prepared to try something a little different, wines included “distinctive of their originators”.
In 2019 58 entries were received from 42 producers and these were tasted blind by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

2017 Lyra Vega – 89 points

Michelangelo Awards

The Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards was established in 1997 to offer South African producers the opportunity of having their wines adjudicated locally by a highly experienced and respected panel of professionals from around the globe. The primary objective is to support local wine and spirits producers who are targeting international markets for exports and, through our international judges, are able to determine whether their wines will be well received both abroad and locally.

DOUBLE GOLD
2016 White Muscadel

GOLD
2018 Omstaan Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Master Reserve
2016 Red Muscadel

Vertias Awards

The Veritas Awards is the longest-running and one of the most prestigious wine and brandy competitions in South Africa. It started in 1991 and gives recognition to wines and brandies of exceptional quality, while the distinctive Veritas symbol of excellence serves as an authoritative quality guideline for wine and brandy connoisseurs. More than 120 international and local judges gather every year during September in the Cape Winelands to judge the entries that cover the full spectrum of different styles and vintages. Wines and brandies are tasted blind by panels that consist of seven experts judging 10 wines/brandies at a time.

DOUBLE GOLD
2019 Omstaan Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Master Reserve
2016 White Muscadel 2015 White Muscadel

GOLD
2019 Omstaan Colombar Cellar Master Reserve
2019 Lyra Quasar
2019 Orange River Cellars
Colombar (O/D) 2017 Lyra Vega
2017 White Muscadel 2013 Red Muscadel

SILVER OUTSTANDING
2018 Straw Wine 2017 Red Muscadel 2016 Red Muscadel

SIL VER
2019 Regopstaan Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Master Reserve
2019 Lyra Irsai Oliver Sparkling wine (Demi-Sec)

BRONZE
2019 Orange River Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

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