The International Wine Challenge is in its 34th year. The IWC is a meticulously judged wine competition where each wine is judged blind for faithfulness to style, region and vintage. During the judging process, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three occasions by at least 10 different judges. Awards include medals (Trophy, Gold, Silver, Bronze) as well as Commended and Great Value awards.

Our South African wines put on quite a show this year. Below are the winners of Trophy, Gold and Silver awards.


Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016
IWC Franschhoek Chardonnay Trophy and Gold Medal

A bottle of La Couronne Chardonnay 2016

Congratulations to Eldorette, Henk and the team at La Couronne in Franschhoek on winning the IWC Franschhoek Chardonnay Trophy and Gold Medal for their Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016. This is a lovely, complex, medium weight chardonnay with scented vanilla spice, some honey and pear. A tangy, saline acidity and a long, refreshing finish.

In addition to this Gold Medal and Trophy, La Couronne also won Bronze Medals for their Limited Release Pinotage 2015 and their Merlot Rose 2017 and a Commended for their Malbec 2015.


The Bell Tower 2013
IWC Silver Medal

A bottle of Asara Bell Tower 2013

Sleek, intense and packed with sweet black plum and bitter chocolate, with an edge of balsamic. A sweet intensity and structure.

Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016
IWC Silver Medal

A bottle of Asara Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016

Fresh tight lean style with vanilla oak characteristics on the finish. Warm, Waxy, ripe style, juicy melon and ripe apple fruit and some lingering honeysuckle.


Vigneron's Selection Chardonnay 2016
IWC Silver Medal

A bottle of GlenWood Vigneron's Selection Chardonnay 2016

Bold and powerful citrus burst, mouth-fillingly rich and creamy vanilla with beautifully integrated oak. Butterscotch and glycerine, creamy balance with great length and lift.

Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc Grand Duc 2016
IWC Silver Medal

GW Sem Saus Grand Duc 2016

Baked apple and cinnamon, buttered popcorn with savoury notes. Long and complex.


Shiraz 2015
IWC Silver Medal

A bottle of GC Shiraz 2015

The 2015 Shiraz shows textbook black pepper spice and violets on the nose with hints of Cape fynbos and black currant.  The intense fruit flavours follow on the palate with firm tannin and a fresh acidity that promises great ageing potential.

Pinotage 2016
IWC Silver Medal

A bottle of Groot Constantia Pinotage 2016

A bold, generous, rich, plummy fruit with notes of dark chocolate and mocha. A traditional style of Pinotage, of earthy farmyard qualities interlaced with full dark fruits.

While we do have the Groot Constantia wines in stock, you will need to wait a bit longer for some of these other award winners. We expect the arrival of the Glenwood Vigneron’s Selection Chardonnay 2016 over the course of the next month. The Asara wines and the La Couronne Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 will be arriving at Hard To Find Wines over the next few months.