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Douglas Green are celebrating Gran d’Or honours for their Vineyards Creations Chardonnay 2011 from The Michelangelo International Wine Awards announced in Cape Town on Friday last week.

“What fantastic news as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Douglas Green Wines!” says an elated Douglas Green Oenologist, Jaco Potgieter. “Recognition like this is tremendously encouraging, as it is tangible acknowledgement of our tireless efforts in selection of specific vineyards for stylistic expression and varietal performance as well as the brilliant collaboration with our growers and appointed cellars.

Douglas Green himself used this exact approach and now seven decades later, we think he would be pleased that his philosophy is still finding favour and winning gold medals.”

The 16th annual Michelangelo International Wine Awards attracted more than 1432 entries from 295 producers that were judged by an expert panel of 15 judges from 14 countries. Australian based Cape Wine Master and Technical Director, Sue van Wyk, was enthusiastic about the quality level of the entries saying,“Top scoring wines are of world class quality.”

A total of 44 Gran d’Or medals were awarded, with only 4 for Chardonnay. The grapes for the 2011 vintage are from sites grown on the limestone soils of Robertson and Bonnievale that are world-renowned for top class chardonnay with classic structure and fresh flavours. This solid core was perfectly complemented by the fruit-forward, peachy notes in the fruit from the warmer Worcester area. Each vineyard block was fermented separately with 80% on French oak, 10% on American oak and the remaining 10% left unwooded. The wine was left on the final lees for further complexity and integration before final blending and bottling at our cellars in Wellington.

What makes this a stand-out Chardonnay? “This is the end result of experience and terroir with a proven track record for varietal performance packed with sunny ripe fleshy peach,lime marmalade and orange blossom delicacy finishing with discreet vanilla and tangy pineapple flavour,” says Jaco. “It is a very attractive wine, and the 2012 vintage is looking even better!”

Douglas Green Chardonnay 2011 is available at selected wine retailers at an average retail selling price of R 45.00.

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