Old Road Wine Co. Pepper Wind Syrah Breezes into Terroir Awards as a National Winner

A single-vineyard Syrah from the Old Road Wine Co. in Franschhoek re-affirmed its commitment to showcasing a unique sense of place by winning a National Award at this year’s Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards, South Africa’s only competition specifically recognising wines showing exceptional linkage to geographical site. Pepper Wind Syrah 2017 was named one of 32 National Winners out of 240 entries, and the top Syrah on show.

Ryan Puttick, Old Road Wine Co. cellarmaster, believes that winning the Terroir National Award is tremendously satisfying as it recognises wines which show the unique personality and character of very specific vineyard sites – the raison de l’être of the Old Road Wine Co. 

This is a perfect example of a wine with its own unique character and personality which is a pure reflection of where it is grown in Franschhoek and will be very difficult to imitate.

The Novare Terroir Award is a continuation of a strong run for Old Road Wine Co.’s Pepper Wind Syrah. The 2017 vintage recently was also placed among South Africa’s Top 12 Syrah wines in the National Shiraz Challenge, and also scored a commendable 91pts in the latest SA Report by Tim Atkin MW.

The aim of the Old Road Wine Co.,  is to create premium wines showcasing Franschhoek’s diversity of terroir as well as grape cultivars and wine styles. For a young winery, the recent spate of awards and recognition from top critics has exceeded expectations and placed Old Road firmly on the map as a top producer committed to continuing the fantastic wine legacy of Franschhoek.

The Pepper Wind Syrah also won the award for Best Franschhoek Syrah. Other Old Road Wine Co. winner for Franschhoek were Best Chenin Blanc (Stone Trail Chenin Blanc 2018) and Best Semillon (Grand Mere Semillon 2017). https://www.oldroadwinecompany.com/

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