SA Champions hailed in inaugral
2017 Standard Bank/Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge Winners
The 2017 Standard Bank/Chenin Blanc Top 10
Challenge attracted 136 entries, up almost 10% on 2016, with all the
major wine-producing areas represented. The five-member judging panel,
tasting all submissions blind, short-listed 33 wines for consideration
before deciding on the ten eventual winners.
The CBA has been
running the annual Standard Bank/Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge since
2014 and is working across various fronts to raise the reputation of
Chenin Blanc, South Africa's most widely planted varietal. These efforts
have played a key role in establishing the country's quality credentials
amongst international wine critics, writers and other influencers in
recent years, with Chenin Blanc now widely recognised as South Africa's
backs South Africa's most planted Grape Variety - Chenin Blanc
The Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa is proud to announce the
signing of a three year sponsorship agreement with Standard Bank in
support of a Top 10 Chenin Blanc Competition, to be known as the
Standard Bank/Chenin Blanc Top Ten Challenge.
The Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa represents around 120
premium South African Chenin Blanc producers.
The reward to the top 10 winners will be financial and specifically
designed to reinforce the economic and social benefits to the workplace
and workforce. Winners will receive R25 000 each and the money must be
used to reinforce the economic and social benefits in the workplace and
to the workforce. We are proud of our association with Standard Bank
because great partnerships make great business and we really look
forward to making Chenin Blanc the iconic, quality, South African white
wine grape says Ken Forrester, Chenin Blanc Association Chairperson.
Standard Bank is always pleased to partner with key role players within
South African business sectors that contribute significantly towards our
economy. The South African Wine Industry Stats (SAWIS) shows that in
2012 we were the eighth largest wine producer in the world in terms of
litres produced. The figures also show that around 320 million litres of
wine were sold domestically, and 410 million litres were exported during
2012 says Nico Groenewald, Head of Agribusiness at Standard Bank.
In line with this, it made sense for us to join forces with the Chenin
Blanc Association in support of this initiative, says Nico Groenewald.