The recently launched 2023 edition of Platter’s SA Wine Guide has honoured Trade Winds Wine with one of the highest accolades bestowed by the popular wine annual, that of Platter’s 2023 Newcomer Winery of the Year. This prestigious title is awarded to a producer debuting in Platter’s and achieving the highest scores for their wines:
· an esteemed pinnacle 5 stars (95 points or more on the 100-point rating scale) for the Trade Winds Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 and
· 4½ stars (94 points) for the Trade Winds Sauvignon Blanc 2021.
This acclaim in South Africa’s most authoritative wine guide crowns a splendid debut year for Trade Winds Wine, which yielded several illustrious awards.
Trade Winds Sauvignon Blanc 2021 triumphed as the best Sauvignon Blanc at the 2022 Trophy Wine Show, winning the Sunday Times Trophy with a top score of 97/100. This beautifully balanced Sauvignon Blanc was also selected by internationally renowned wine critic and judge, Michael Fridjhon, to represent our country at the 2022 Global Fine Wine Challenge which is exclusive to New World wine nations, comprising South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. The very best wines that the New World has to offer will be revealed in early December.
The Trade Winds Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 was awarded a Double Gold medal at the 2022 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. Gran d’Or (Double Gold) wines score between 93 and 95.99 points. It earned a Silver Medal, with 90 points at the 2022 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC)
More about Trade Winds Wine
Trade Winds’ heritage reflects the adventures of its founders, Martin Voigt and Richard Wells, friends and long-time wine aficionados. They wanted a brand name which embodied an exciting and trusted choice in high quality wines. As an international aviator, Martin spent many hours navigating over the oceans of the world, contemplating the voyages of mariners in the days of sail when the most critical and reliable of the elements affecting their explorations were the trade winds. Capturing this essence of reliability and adventure, the brand seeks to inspire your very own wine journey of discovery. With decades of experience in the wine industry, Honorary Cape Wine Master and Master Blender Colin Frith, has long term relationships with several wine estates. Based in Stellenbosch, every season he tastes and selects to source produce for the specific balance in wine profile he is seeking to so expertly create.
Caption: Platter’s 2023 Newcomer Winery of the Year was awarded to Trade Winds Wine
Middle: Colin Frith, Jean & Robin Voigt (all from Trade Winds Wine) flanked by Esh Naidoo (Diners Club) on the left and Philip van Zyl (Platter’s MD & editor) on the right
Trade Winds Sauvignon Blanc 2021
The Trade Winds Sauvignon Blanc 2021 is a superb blend of grapes from low-yielding old Sauvignon Blanc vines planted on cool elevated mountain slopes in Stellenbosch (for richer tropical notes and softer acidity), and cool-climate Elgin grapes (for greener herbaceous characters and minerality). This beautifully balanced Sauvignon Blanc is generous in style with a full nose layered with citrus, pineapple and peach. The palate is complex, combining the character of fresh cut grass and green herbs with ripe tropical fruit notes of peach and apricot, along with an enjoyable level of minerality. The wine is fresh with soft acidity, a good mouthfeel and a round lingering finish.
Platter’s 2023 SA Wine Guide – “Melange of ripe tropical flavours mingle with bright, zingy acid & citrus vivacity. Light lees contact in tank adds structure & length.”
Trade Winds Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
The Trade Winds Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 is a harmonious blend of grapes from low-yielding old vines in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon region – from elevated vineyards that benefit from cooling breezes off the ocean. The wine was matured in older 300ℓ French oak barrels and 2nd and 3rd fill oak barrels for 18 months, the balanced integrated oak providing a platform for the fruit to shine. The complex nose reveals rich aromas of juicy black cherries, plums and blackcurrants followed by fragrant cedar wood and tobacco notes and shows the distinctive character of classic Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose follows on to a full rounded palate of developing flavours of black olives, cassis and subtle oak spice, with some fine ripe tannins giving a long soft finish. This elegant and fresh Cabernet has a well-balanced mouthfeel and a clean black fruit farewell.
Platter’s 2023 SA Wine Guide – “Confident debut of 2019. Fruitcake-toned body given spice from 18 months in seasoned French oak. Inky depth & concentration delivered without loss of refinement, 18 months mellowing in bottle at cellar adding to the elegance.”
Purchase Trade Winds Wine
Trade Winds Wines, retailing at between R159 – R185 a bottle, can be purchased online at:
· Port2Port online fine wine marketplace. Shop here
· Norman Goodfellows online. Shop here
· Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar online. Shop here
· Wine Cellar online. Shop here
· Wine Concepts online. Shop here
· Dry Dock Liquor online. Shop here
Or in store at:
· Norman Goodfellows Gauteng stores – Wynberg, Kyalami, Melrose, Fourways and Illovo
· Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar – Sea Point and Tokai
· Wine Concepts – Newlands
· Dry Dock Liquor, Parkhurst Gauteng
Trade Winds Wines will soon be available nationally at other leading wine retailers and restaurants.