Franschhoek wine farm Le Lude has received the highest points to date for a South African MCC at the recent Decanter World Wine Awards in London. Le Lude’s maiden vintage, the 2012 Vintage Cuvée, received a whopping 97 points.

Only 2361 bottles of the vintage were produced, and the wine is made with 83% chardonnay and 17% pinot noir grapes, whole bunch pressed and matured on the lees for 56 months. Le Lude’s non vintage Rose and Reserve Brut bubblies were awarded 90 and 88 points respectively – this translates to mean “a very accomplished wine with impressive complexity”, and “a well-made, straightforward and enjoyable wine”.

“Awards such as these show that our pioneering approach is paying off and creating a reputation for wines which are internationally renowned for finesse, elegance and refinement,” said Le Lude’s owners, Nic and Ferda Barrow, who established the wine farm in 2011.

The Awards are one of the largest, most influential wine competitions in the world, and this year they received 16 500 entries. Michael Hill Smith, Master of Wine and Co-Chair of the DWWA, said the competition helped producers to raise their profile internationally. “For consumers faced with the prospect of such choice; choosing a bottle with a DWWA sticker on it, particularly a Gold or Platinum should reassure them that the wine has been through a rigorous judging process, against much competition and you can trust the quality.”

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