The Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards is one of South Africa’s premier wine industry contests. This year’s competition marks the 19th consecutive year of collaboration between Absa Bank Ltd, member of Barclays Africa Group Ltd (Barclays Africa,) and the SA Pinotage Association in recognising wineries from throughout South Africa for their interpretation of the country’s famous indigenous grape variety.
The wine regions of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Durbanville each delivered two of this year’s Absa Top 10 winners. Neethlingshof joined Kanonkop in flying the Stellenbosch flag with its Estate Pinotage 2014. Altydgedacht Pinotage 2013 and Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve 2014 saw Durbanville staking a spot as a potent Pinotage region, while Paarl producers Windmeul and first-time winner Ayama won Absa Top 10 trophies for the Windmeul Pinotage Reserve 2014 and Ayama Pinotage 2013 respectively.