In what has been described as one of the most competitive line-ups in the 22 year-old history of the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards – attracting a record number of 2 255 wines and spirits entries – Linton Park Wine Estate walked away with 4 gold awards, including one double gold and three gold awards.
The estate’s Chardonnays, having won various trophies at the highest level during the past three years, once again excelled with its 2016 The Bridge of Hope Chardonnay crowned with a double gold medal and its newly released 2017 Linton Park Reserve Wild Ferment Chardonnay with a gold medal.
Gold medals for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
According to Herman le Roux, Linton Park’s Commercial Director, the 2018 Michelangelo awards are a new landmark in the estate’s long-term programme and strategy to plant quality cultivars and craft exceptional wines: “In addition to the outstanding performance of our Chardonnays, the gold medals for both our 2016 Linton Park Merlot and our 2015 The Bridge of Hope Cabernet Sauvignon validate our claim that our unique terroir and climatology against the lush Groenberg mountain are ideal for the high-quality production of a variety of sought-after noble cultivars that are in demand by wine consumers globally. Furthermore, I think that it proves the exceptional versatility of our wine-making team under the leadership of Chief Winemaker JG Auret competing at the highest level. We are indeed proud of all of our staff with this well-rewarded team effort.”
The New Wild Ferment Chardonnay
“The Michelangelo gold medal for our first wild fermented Chardonnay, the 2017 Linton Park Reserve Wild Ferment Chardonnay, set a new milestone for us from a vinicultural point-of-view. Consequently, this new wine has been launched with a specially designed label and under the Louis Fourie brand, paying tribute to our original 17th century French Huguenot founder and farm owner”, emphasised JG Auret. He added: “Wine lovers will be surprised by this Chardonnay’s ‘different’ yet surprisingly elegant style.”
Chief Winemaker’s Tasting Notes on Award-winning Wines
2017 Linton Park Reserve Wild Ferment Chardonnay
“A beautiful elegant full-bodied Chardonnay, bursting with aromas of bright fruit of a lime-lemon purity and fresh tangerine. The lively aromas are followed onto the palate by complex notes of stone fruit and hints of butter. The finish is well balanced and lingering with clean citrus notes on the aftertaste.”
2016 The Bridge of Hope Chardonnay
“A beautiful elegant medium-bodied Chardonnay, bursting with aromas of bright fruit of a lime-lemon purity and fresh tangerine. The lively aromas are followed onto the palate by complex notes of stone fruit, soft cinnamon spice and hints of butter. The finish is well balanced and lingering with clean citrus notes on the aftertaste.”
2016 Linton Park Merlot
“Plummy and stewed fruit on the nose, with rich plum ripe fruit on the pallet along with an almond touch. Well-balanced with a delicate oak finish. This wine has a good structure that will allow further ageing. 12 months in French Oak, first, second and third fill.”
2015 The Bridge of Hope Cabernet Sauvignon
“Rich and full bodied with a generous core of dark berry fruit. A well-balanced wine with firm tannins. Luscious, smooth texture with evocative spice from French oak aging on the aftertaste.”