WHAT MAKES A SAWi TROPHY WINNER

SAWi presents only 4 Trophies at its annual wine awards. This is for best fine white wine and best fine red wine producers, the best fine wine producer for both white and red wines and a brandy trophy. With some way to go still, perhaps a trophy for best fine sparkling wine could be added in future. So, why are these accolades so limited and different to many other awards outcomes?

Well, the bar is set very high here, otherwise only considering a Platinum Award for having achieved 95+ on a multi-vintage performance basis for a wine and a Grand Gold Award for a similar achievement above 93 points out of 100. No wonder that a SAWi Trophy Award is the ultimate achievement in South Africa’s for wine producers.

In other words, SAWi seeks to recognise those achievers that really stand out amongst all-comers.
This comes from the fact that SAWi measures the performance of all wines annually at once, while when it comes to wine competitions, only those wines that were entered at the time are adjudicated. That is also why in the latter case annual Trophy winners changes continuously.

SAWi also strives to see wineries produce a range of fine wines and not only a once-off standout performance. That is why the SAWi ‘Algorithm of Excellence tracks performance over a multi-vintage basis. The ultimately goal is to see all reserve range kind of wines obtain points scores above 90.

In other words, whether producing 10 wines or only 3 wines, their individual wine point-scores should be in unison. The result is that this shows up the best producers from the rest.
These are without doubt the real leaders of the industry. This makes sense by looking at the SAWi Trophy winners over the years.

TROPHY WINNERS OVER THE YEARS

2010
Winery of the Year
Joint accolade for
Rijks Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage
&
Saronsberg Cellar Full Circle Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier

Wine of the Year
Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
La Motte Shiraz Viognier (runner up)

2011
Winery of the Year
Bouchard Finlayson

Red Wine of the year
Rijks Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage
Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir (runner up)

White Wine of the year
Mulderbosch Vineyards Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Hamilton Russel Chardonnay (runner up)

2012
Winery of the Year
Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Red Wine of the year
Rijks Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage
Eagles’ Nest Shiraz (runner up)

White Wine of the year
Hamilton Russell Chardonnay
Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (runner up)

2013
Winery of the Year
Bouchard Finlayson

Red Wine of the year
Rijks Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage
Saronsberg Cellar Full Circle Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier (runner up)

White Wine of the year
Hamilton Russell Chardonnay
Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin Blanc (runner up)

2014
Top Wine Producer of the year
Constantia Glen

Best Red Wine Producer (top 3 wines)
Kanonkop Estate
Bouchard Finlayson (runner up)

Best White Wine Producer (top 3 wines)
De Morgenzon
Groot Constantia Estate Chardonnay (runner up)

Best Brandy
KWV 20YO Brandy
Van Ryns 12YO Brandy (runner up)

2015
Top High End Wine Producer of the Year
Saronsberg Cellar

Highest Multi Year Score Achieved for a White Wine (top 3 wines)
Jordan Wine Estate
De Morgenzon (runner up)

Highest Multi Year Score Achieved for a Red Wine (top 3 wines)
Saronsberg Cellar
Kanonkop Estate (runner up)

Highest Multi Year Score Achieved for a Brandy
Joined Accolade
KWV/Van Ryn’s/Laborie Brandies

2016
Top High End Wine Producer of the Year
Groot Constantia Estate

Highest Combined White Wine Score (top 3 wines)
Kleine Zalze Wines
De Morgenzon (runner up)

Highest Combined Red Wine Score (top 3 wines)
Saronsberg Cellar
Bouchard Finlayson (runner up)

Highest Multi Year Score Achieved for a Brandy
Van Ryns 12YO Brandy
Laborie Alambic (runner up)

2017
Top Fine Wine Producer of the Year
KWV
Kleine Zalze Wines (runner up)

Top Fine White Wine Producer of the Year (top 3 wines)
De Morgenzon (runner up)
Kleine Zalze Wines

Top Fine Red Wine Producer of the Year (top 3 wines)
Bouchard Finlayson
Kanonkop Estate (runner up)

Highest Multi Year Score Achieved for a Brandy
Laborie Alambic
KWV 20 Year Old Brandy [Runner Up]