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ULTRA VALUE WINE CHALLENGE RESULTS


Looking after consumers. Thesecond set of annual results. The industry wine challenge that assists consumers find the smartest buys for under R100.

The second Ultra Value Wine Challenge attracted continued strong support from a large range of stellar producers. Collectively they entered 500 carefully selected wines that met the strict price category of sub R100 per bottle, VAT included.

Robin von Holdt reviewed the 2016 Challenge: ‘We are delighted with enthusiastic industry support for this key, and growing, category of best-value. Tougher times lie ahead, yet many are keen to enjoy their lifestyle of enjoying good wine. And why not? The value sector is high growth and remains a hugely enticing arena. Bang for buck; outperforming through a combination of quality at very attractive prices, is key’.

The support was contagious and healthy from leading vineyards, big and small producers alike. The lead-up with #Frugalfridayfeasts and #Throwbackthursdays continued to gain media traction.

‘Overall Challenge chair Ginette De Fleuriot had a credible team of nine expert judges. Three panels were chaired by Richard Kershaw MW, Fiona McDonald and JD Pretorius. Their focus and ensuing debates around each wine were thrilling. A significant portion of wines simply did not get through that first, arduous, quality hurdle. Then, the algorithm that took price into account in order to arrive at the value-adjusted final result, saw another substantial number of wines fall aside. Therefore, the victories are really sweet for those wines that cracked the final nod and gained an award, as confirmed by the independent Auditors.

In line with international competitions and to keep an eye on the reputation and prestige of winning an award, under 60% of entered wines, were awarded. Of these, just 7% of wines gained Double Gold Medal awards. Less than 17% gained Gold Medal awards, while a little over 30% gained Silver Medal awards. Awards, without any doubt whatsoever, were very difficult to achieve. They were hard earned, thus deserving the strong recognition and attention that they will receive this year yet again.

Multiple winners included the following producers, each scoring weighty victories in most award categories:

• Douglas Green Bellingham 31
• Alvi's Drift Private Cellar 14
• Namaqua Wines 11
• Overhex Wines International 10

Industry comments from top awarded cellars:

Overhex MD Gerhard van der Wath:

‘Overhex Wines International has established itself as a top performer in local and international wine competitions. Performing well at this competition underlines the company’s promise of consistent quality at an affordable price point.’ (10 winning wines.)

Overhex Award-winning Wines:


DOUBLE GOLD

Balance Winemaker’s Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Balance Winemaker’s Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2016

GOLD

Balance Classic Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2015
Balance Classic Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016
Balance Winemaker’s Selection Merlot 2015

SILVER

Balance Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Noir 2015
Balance Winemaker’s Selection Chardonnay 2016
Balance Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Grigio 2016
Balance Winemaker’s Selection Pinotage 2015
Balance Winemaker’s Selection Chenin Blanc 2016
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GOLDEN RESULTS FOR OVERHEX WINES


The Gold Wine Awards is a consumer judged competition that evaluates wines in the R100 or less per bottle price bracket, and awards the wines that are excellent value for money.

The Cape Wine Academy as logistical partner of Gold Wine Awards, put together the panel and selected consumers who are qualified tasters or Cape Wine Academy graduates.

Throughout the double blind-tasting, the tasters did not know the identity or price of the wine and the results of the tasting were statistically linked to the price of the wine to determine which wine was real value for money.

Overhex Wines International proved victorious with 10 gold medal awards across its two main brands. Balance Wines received gold medals for the Balance Classic Sauvignon Blanc Semillon; Balance Classic Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot; Balance Winemaker's Selection Chenin Blanc; Balance Winemaker's Selection Chardonnay; Balance Winemaker's Selection Shiraz; Balance Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir; Balance Winemaker's Selection Pinotage and Balance Winemaker's Selection Merlot. Survivor Wines' Offspring range red and white blends both received gold medals.



WE LOVE UNUSUAL WINES

Dax Villanueva



There are many reasons why wine festivals are great, it’s not just that there is a wide variety of wine in one place for tasting. One of my favourite reasons for attending wine festivals is that I get to try new wines that I have not tried before...

Below are 6 stand out wines that you don’t want to miss and some information about them.

Best For: Pool party


Wine: Balance Winemaker’s Selection
Producer: Overhex Wines
Variety: Pinot Grigio
Price: R45

Pinot Grigio may not be very popular in South Africa yet, but it’s extremely popular in other countries of the world. Pinot Grigio is a great substitute for Sauvignon Blanc, which is probably the most popular ‘summer wine’ in South Africa.

Slightly sweeter and less acidic than sauvignon blanc, this Pinot Grigio is an easy drinking wine which is perfect drinking with or without food.

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A GLITTERING PERFORMANCE

Multiple Awards for Balance Wines

Awards
We are super proud of our winemaking team, our wines and all their awards!

Over recent months an ever-growing list of awards has once again confirmed that the Balance wine range is going from strength to strength.


Michaelangelo Awards

Balance Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir - DOUBLE GOLD
Balance Winemaker's Selection Pinor Grigio - SILVER

Ultra Value Awards Balance Sauvignon Blanc Semillon - DOUBLE GOLD
Balance Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot - DOUBLE GOLD
Balance Winemaker's Selection Pinot Grigio - GOLD
Balance Winemaker's Selection Shiraz - GOLD
Balance Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir - GOLD
Balance Shiraz Rosé - SILVER
Balance Winemaker's Selection Chenin Blanc - SILVER
Balance Winemaker's Selection Cabernet Sauvignon - SILVER
Balance Winemaker's Selection Sauvignon Blanc – SILVER

2015 VERITAS AWARDS

Balance Winemaker’s Selection Chenin Blanc - Silver
Balance Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Grigio - Silver
Balance Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Noir - Silver
Balance Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot - Bronze
Balance Sauvignon Blanc Semillon - Bronze
Balance Shiraz Rosé - Bronze
Balance Winemaker’s Selection Sauvignon Blanc - Bronze



BALANCE EXCELS AT MICHELANGELO
AND ULTRA VALUE AWARDS


Balance Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir recently won Double Gold, and Balance Winemaker's Selection Pinot Grigio Silver, at the recent Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards.

In addition, Balance Wines received no less than nine awards at the Ultra Value Wine Challenge 2015.

Two double gold medals were received for the Balance Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, as well as the Balance Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon with three gold medals awarded to the Balance Winemaker's Selection Pinot Grigio, Balance Winemaker's Selection Shiraz and the Balance Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir. Two silver medals were also awarded to the Balance Winemaker's Selection Chenin Blanc, as well as the Balance Winemaker's Selection Cabernet Sauvignon.

“During the past ten years the Balance Range has established itself as a top performer in local and international wine competitions, underlining the company’s promise of consistent quality at an affordable price point,” - Gerhard van der Wath

“We were privileged to do things spot-on from the start out. This has led to our company operating successfully in various markets. Our aim is to deliver the best possible quality of wine, as well as prices in line with a specific wine objective. We do this with our cost effective supplier chain which provides wine and service according to our clients’ needs.”

Our Ultra Value Wine Awards:
Balance Sauvignon Blanc Semillon - DOUBLE GOLD
Balance Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot - DOUBLE GOLD
Balance Winemaker's Selection Pinot Grigio - GOLD
Balance Winemaker's Selection Shiraz - GOLD
Balance Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir - GOLD
Balance Shiraz Rosé - SILVER
Balance Winemaker's Selection Chenin Blanc - SILVER
Balance Winemaker's Selection Cabernet Sauvignon - SILVER
Balance Winemaker's Selection Sauvignon Blanc - SILVER


OVERHEX'S OVERSEAS SUCCESS

This article about Overhex Wines International recently appeared in the Cape Argus.



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4 MICHELANGELO AWARDS FOR BALANCE WINES

The annual Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards gives South African wines the opportunity of being judged by an international panel of wine experts.  Balance Wines is pleased to announce that at the recent 2014 judging we were awarded one gold and four silver medals. The winning wines are:

Balance Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir 2014 – Gold Medal
Balance Winemaker's Selection Pinot Grigio 2014 – Silver Medal
Balance Winemaker's Selection Chardonnay 2014 – Silver

Balance Eco Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – Silver

Especially rewarding is the fact that the first vintage of both the Balance Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Noir and the Balance Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Grigio each won a medal - with the Pinot Noir receiving gold! It is also significant that the Balance ECO Sauvignon Blanc 2014 performed so well. Launched only a few months ago, every bottle in the range carries an Audited Ecologically Certified stamp to guarantee sustainable and environmentally friendly viticulture and viniculture – making Balance ECO a highly relevant brand for the informed consumer.

All in all a truly satisfying result!




   

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