The Decanter World Wine Awards
The 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards attracted more entries this year than any other wine competion in the world, cementing its position as the worlds biggest wine competion. In total 10,285 wines were entered, more than double the ammount when the competion launched six years ago. The number of companies submitting wines increased by 23% to 2,240. This phenomenal growth is due to Decanter's reputation for using only the very best judges, coupled with its unparalleled global reach for results.
Decanter's rigorous judging process has often led the Decanter World Wine Awards to be referred to as "the terroir competion." This year judges, more than 50 of whom flew in from overseas, included top sommeliers. Only 64% of wines were awarded a medal and of these just 2.8% won a Gold Medal or trophy.
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2008
- Crucible Shiraz 2006 Awarded "Gold Medal"
- The Very Sexy Shiraz 2006 Awarded "Silver Medal"
- Cloof Pinotage 2002 Awarded "Silver Medal"
- Cloof Ducket Merlot Cab/Sauvignon 2006 Awarded "Commended"
The Very Sexy Shiraz 2006 won a Gold Medal on this prestigious wine show.
Wine & Spirit - Simon Woods
Lynchpin 2005 was rated 92 points in the January edition of Wine & Spirit (UK):
"Not only would I have been hard pressed to guess that Merlot was the driving force behind this gentle giant, I'd have struggled to spot the 14.5 per cent alcohol. Lush, but not too exuberant, with a savoury, plummy core and smoky, herby notes, this could almost be described as Chateauneuf-du-Pape meeting right-bank Bordeaux."
Sélections Mondiales des Vins Canada 2007
Gold medal for The Very Sexy Shiraz 2004
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2006
A gold medal for the 2004 The Very Sexy Shiraz
Decanter Wine Awards 2006
2004 Cloof Crucible Shiraz was awarded the Regional Trophy (best Rhône Varietal red wine from South Africa) in the 2006 Decanter Wine Awards: "Dense ripe fruit, cinnamon/cloves. Huge round, full, extremely rich and long."
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – 2006
Gold Medal for the 2004 Cloof Merlot/Cabernet Franc
South African Airways 2006
Cloof Bush Vines Mañana 2003 - First Class
Cloof Pinotage 2003 - First Class
Cloof Bush Vines Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 - Premium Class
Cloof Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvigon/Merlot 2003 - Premium Class
Cloof was also awarded the CEO's Trophy for having the most wines selected for the 2006 wine list (shared with Stellenzicht
Double-Gold for 2004 Cloof Crucible Shiraz
Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2005
Double-gold medal for Cloof Crucible Shiraz 2003. Also awarded the Grand Prix for being the highest-scoring wine on the show
Decanter Wine Awards 2005
Gold for Cloof Crucible Shiraz 2003, one of only three gold medals awarded to South African reds. "Ruby colour. Raspberry, loads of flavours. Powerful complex. BBQ smoke, sweet oak. Rich, full, powerful, beautifully balanced. So much going on, wonderful!!"
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – 2005
Gold Medal for the 2003 Cloof Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
British Airways Economy Class 2005
Cloof Dusty Road Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2004
British Airways Economy Class 2005 Cloof Dusty Road Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2004
Double Gold for the 2003 Cloof Crucible Shiraz
Gold for the 2003 Cloof Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
The 2003 Cloof Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot was joint top-rated Bordeaux-style blend, with the 1999 Meerlust Rubicon
Juliet Cullinan Wine Connoisseur's Awards
Gold Medal for the 2002 Cloof Pinotage, one of only 5 gold medals awarded by the panel of Cape Wine Masters