Where Douglas Green? Winning gold medals in Europe, that’s where. The enigmatic South African Wineland character and a household name among wine-lovers world-wide, has won two Gold Medals at this year’s Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, one of Europe’s foremost annual wine competitions that was held in Valencia, Spain at the end of April.
The Douglas Green Chardonnay and Douglas Green Chenin Blanc, both from the 2008 vintage, were awarded Gold at this year’s competition during which 6289 wines and spirits were judged by over 240 international experts.
According to Pieter Terblanche, Douglas Green brand manager, this international recognition vindicates Douglas Green’s continued commitment to sourcing best quality grapes from selected vineyards spread over a large area of the Cape winelands. “The success of Douglas Green relies on partnerships, so these two international awards belong to the various grape growers, the cellars we use to make the Douglas Green wines and our winemaker, our winemaker Jaco Potgieter and viticulturalist Stephan Joubert,” says Terblanche.
“The most important element in our whole ethos, however, is the consumer,” he continues. “And these Gold Medals prove that Douglas Green does not renege when it comes to offering the best possible quality at affordable prices. The Douglas Green Chenin Blanc 2008 and Chardonnay 2008 are sold for below R30 and R35 respectively, allowing our customers to enjoy internationally recognised wines without breaking the bank.”
Douglas Green winemaker Jaco Potgieter says both wines underscore the quality of the 2008 vintage. “The Chenin Blanc grapes were sourced from premier vineyards in Wellington, with the winning Chardonnay coming from the limestone-rich soils of Robertson,” he says. “It was an almost perfect vintage due to the preceding cold winter, and the two wines in question show bursts of sunny fruit. This is what South African wine is known for and is something we at Douglas Green do best!”