Durbanville Hills has once again been recognised at the prestigious Michelangelo International Wine and Spirit Awards, winning two coveted Grand d’Or Medals (double gold) and four Gold Medals at the 2016 awards ceremony, which took place earlier this week. The Grand’Or Medals were awarded for the Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Merlot 2013 and the Durbanville Hills Blanc de Blancs MCC 2012.

Now in its 20th year, the Michelangelo competition is adjudicated by a panel of accredited wine judges, wine makers, wine masters, journalists and sommeliers.

Cellar Master at Durbanville Hills, Martin Moore, says that these awards signify a remarkable achievement, given the exceptional calibre of entries. “The Durbanville Hills range is made up of accessible, food-friendly wines, and this recognition serves as proof that we are standing by our belief that award-winning wine should be easily accessible to consumers everywhere.”

Moore attributes some of this success to the location of vineyards and precise sourcing of grapes. “The unique character of our prizewinning Rhinofields Merlot lies in the influence of the two distinctly different vineyards from which the grapes were sourced – one on a sunny, north-facing hill, chosen for the prominent varietal aromas of the grapes, and the other on a cool, south-facing slope, chosen for the sound structure the grapes would impart to the wine.

“The grapes for the Durbanville Hills Blanc de Blancs MCC 2012 originate from vineyards mostly located in the lower Durbanville foothills on the southern slopes, some 250 metres above sea level and grown in dark red soils. This unique location gives this 100% Chardonnay the finesse, elegance and ageing potential of between five and eight years.

Gold medals were awarded for four wines from two of the winery’s ranges, including the Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Durbanville Hills Merlot Dry Rosé 2016 and the Durbanville Hills Caapmans (Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot) 2011.

Moore says that the cool climate provided an ideal environment for the production of top-quality Sauvignon Blanc grapes, something the Durbanville area has become renowned for. “The Durbanville ward is considered one of the Cape’s coolest wine regions, thanks to the sea breezes that drift inland from False Bay and Table Bay and the late afternoon mists that bathe the slopes. These conditions are ideal for the slow ripening of the grapes, allowing them to develop their full-flavoured, intense character.

“These six prestigious awards once again provide us with the opportunity to demonstrate our consistent approach to producing internationally acclaimed wines across various cultivars and ranges,” concludes Moore.

The range of award winning wines are available from a range of stores nationwide, the Durbanville Hills cellar or via the online platform,  Visit for more information.

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