Benguela Cove's 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Triumphs

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Winemag Next Generation Awards 2024: Benguela Cove's 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Steals the Show

The FedEx Next Generation Awards have been announced

Results of the inaugural Next Generation Awards sponsored by shipping company FedEx Express and convened by are live. The aim of this new competition is to identify South Africa’s emerging winemaking talent. A condition of entry was that entrants should be under 35 years of age at the time of the awards ceremony on 11 June.

62 Wines from 37 entrants were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a panel consisting of editor Christian Eedes as chairman as well as Spencer Fondaumiere, chairman of the South African Sommelier Association and wine writer Malu Lambert. 

Cool Climate Cabernet Sauvignon Ranked in Top 10 at the 2024 Winemag Next Generation Awards

Benguela Cove raises a glass to a remarkable achievement.

Our 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon emerges victorious, ranking in the top 10 with 95 points at the Winemag Next Generation Awards. This singular cool climate wine, meticulously crafted by our rising star winemaker, Michelle Waldeck, embodies the region's unique terroir and the future of South African winemaking.

Michelle, a 30 under 30 Winelands Winemaker played a pivotal role in bringing this exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon to life. Her meticulous attention to detail and innovative approach to cool climate winemaking shine through in every sip. 

Benguela Cove 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

The Benguela Cove 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon reigns supreme, true to its noble lineage. The Walker Bay region's cool climate infuses the wine with captivating aromas of blackcurrant, dried herbs, and fynbos, the fragrant South African shrubland. Hints of salty liquorice and leather add complexity, while a seamless dance between fruit and acidity creates a truly captivating experience. Polished tannins round out the palate, leaving a lasting impression of finesse and elegance. 

New-World Flair Meets Old-World Finesse

This award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon masterfully bridges the gap between New-World and Old-World styles. Expressive fruit anchors the wine in a vibrant New World character, while restrained oak use adds a touch of sophistication reminiscent of Old-World charm. The wine boasts great concentration and palate weight, a testament to Michelle's meticulous winemaking process. This exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon is built to mature gracefully, promising an even more rewarding experience with time. 

This victory at the Winemag Next Generation Awards not only celebrates an exceptional wine but also shines a light on the rising stars of South African winemaking, like Michelle. Benguela Cove's 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon stands as a testament to the region's immense potential for crafting world-class cool climate wines. 

Benguela Cove Wine Estate 

Beyond crafting exceptional wines, Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate is celebrated as one of the World's Best Vineyards for 2023. Nestled within a protected nature reserve, this 200-hectare haven boasts stunning scenery and a deep commitment to conservation. As part of the UNESCO-designated Kogelberg Biosphere, Benguela Cove plays a vital role in safeguarding one of the planet's most diverse floral communities, boasting over 1,880 species. The estate prioritises coexistence with nature, implementing sustainable practices like utilising ducks for natural pest control. This dedication to preserving the surrounding beauty allows visitors to experience a unique blend of award-winning wines and breathtaking biodiversity. 

Exceptional Experiences in the Winelands

enguela Cove isn't just about exquisite wines and conservation efforts! It's a full-fledged family destination brimming with exciting activities. Dive into the world of wine with our diverse tasting experiences, from classic tours to thrilling sabrage experiences. Embark on a vineyard safari to witness the magic first-hand. Foodies will delight in our gourmet pairings. For a dose of family fun, Benguela Adventure awaits! Challenge yourselves with a game of pirate golf or let the kids loose at the splashtastic water playground. Every Saturday, adults can kickstart their weekend with the invigorating Benguela Cove Park Run. With so much to discover, Benguela Cove promises an unforgettable experience for all ages. 

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