It’s official. La Vierge Jezebelle Chardonnay 2021 is a fine wine of global standard.

La Vierge’s bold and beautiful Jezebelle took to the international stage in the invitation-only 2022 Global Fine Wine Challenge* and walked off with a Gold medal in competition against 600 of the best New World wines.

The Global Fine Wine Challenge is unique in that 120 wines from each country – South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA – are personally selected by a leading local wine authority as representing the best of their country’s wines. The top 120 South African wines in the Challenge were chosen and invited by highly-regarded wine commentator and international wine judge Michael Fridjhon.

La Vierge Jezebelle Chardonnay 2021 received scores between 93 and 97 to win Gold, judged in a blind tasting by a panel of international Masters of Wine.

The golden thread through all their comments on Jezebelle was “rich and delicious”.

“This award is especially significant because the wine was selected as one of South Africa’s best chardonnays by a respected wine critic, to compete against the best from New World countries known for high-quality chardonnay.

“This is one of our first truly international awards and tells the consumer that they are selecting a world-class wine when they purchase a bottle of Jezebelle Chardonnay,” said La Vierge winemaker Christo Kotze.

Jezebelle Chardonnay has a devoted customer following and has built up a track record of awards over several vintages. Accolades for the 2021 vintage include:

  • a Gold medal (97 points) in the 2022 Investec Trophy Wine Show – the only chardonnay from South Africa’s premium chardonnay winelands in the Hemel-en-Aarde appellation to win gold;
  • 4.5* (92 points) in the 2023 Platter’s SA Wine Guide;
  • 91 points Tim Atkin MW South African Report.  

Share the delight of Jezebelle Chardonnay 2021, available from www.lavierge.co.za at R170 per bottle.

* The Global Fine Wine Challenge started life in 2003 as the Tri-Nations Wine Challenge between South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, alongside the Tri-Nations Rugby Championship. It expanded to the Five Nations and then Six Nations Wine Challenge, with inclusion of south and north American wines. After the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the competition has been re-branded as the Global Fine Wine Challenge, still by invitation-only and still with a focus on New World wines.