Bizoe Wines awarded Gold at International Wine Challenge
The maiden vintage of winemaker Rikus Neethling’s premium white blend Henrietta was awarded a gold medal in London this week at the International Wine Challenge (IWC), one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious wine competitions.
Favourable weather conditions during the 2008 harvest produced concentrated flavours in the Franschhoek-grown semillon, which makes up 70% of this semillon-sauvignon blend. The wine was barrel fermented and matured for 7 months in French oak prior to bottling.
"I’m pleased the wine was recognised as a worthy gold medalist, especially as it is a more restrained classic style, with an agreeably moderate 12.5% alcohol.” says Rikus Neethling. “I also feel there is sufficient depth and structure for positive development of the wine in bottle over the next 6 years."
Bizoe Henrietta is hand-wrapped, bottled in classy Burgundy bottle and packed in cases of six. A total of 2,700 bottles were made, and is available from selected retailers at around R160 a bottle.
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