Franschhoek Cellar wines brought their characteristic French influence to the internationally-respected Michelangelo Wine & Spirit Awards: securing two Gold Medals for its wines. Inspired by the picturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley, with wines made from this region’s finest vineyard sites, this winery proudly reflects the French heritage of its home, with labels that celebrate key landmarks in the area.

Franschhoek Cellar’s La Cotte Mill Chenin Blanc 2018 and Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc 2018 brought home the Michelangelo Gold’s this year, with ratings that surpassed the 89+ (out of a possible 100) mark.

The Michelangelo Wine & Spirit Awards competition is renowned for its strict judging criteria, done by a panel of esteemed local and international judges. This year, a record number of 2 255 entries were received, with medals only awarded to wines that scored among the top third of the wines entered.

The Franschhoek Cellar team are therefore incredibly proud of their results! Says winemaker Ryan Puttick: “This year’s vintage was characterised by intense drought, but we were lucky that this resulted in intense concentration in the wines. The fact that our young La Cotte Mill Chenin Blanc and Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc received these outstanding ratings indicates just how exceptional 2018 turned out to be.”

The Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc 2018 has expressive tropical aromas tinged with capsicum and attractive Cape gooseberry, grapefruit and pineapple. Its gentle acidity makes it a perfect accompaniment to prawns on the braai and creamy mussels.

The vibrant and youthful La Cotte Mill Chenin Blanc has fleshy peach, nectarine and honeysuckle aromas. The winemaker recommends that this wine is enjoyed chilled with sushi or a pear and walnut salad.