[Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Walker Bay] – La Vierge is proud to announce that its exquisite Apogée Pinot Noir 2020 has achieved resounding success by securing a top position in the esteemed Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Awards. This recognition underscores the winery’s commitment to crafting exceptional wines that captivate the palate and stand out in the competitive world of winemaking.

This latest recognition comes just a few weeks after the 2020 vintage was one of only three South African wines to have been awarded a Trophy at the 2023 International Wine Challenge (IWC) – claiming the South African Trophy for the country’s best Pinot Noir, while the Apogée Pinot Noir 2021 was the only South African Pinot Noir to be awarded Gold in the 2023 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC), with 96 points – the highest score awarded in the competition. Furthermore, this acclaimed wine was announced as the national Pinot Noir champion in the 2023 SA Terroir Wine Awards earlier this week.

The Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Awards are widely regarded as a benchmark of excellence within the wine industry, recognising the finest examples of this delicate and nuanced varietal. La Vierge’s Apogée Pinot Noir 2020 has emerged as a standout, showcasing the dedication and skill of the winemaking team.

La Vierge has long been known for its unwavering pursuit of perfection, and the Apogée Pinot Noir 2020 is a testament to that dedication. This particular vintage boasts a symphony of flavours and aromas, intricately woven together to create a wine that is both elegant and memorable. With its velvety texture, vibrant red fruit notes, and subtle hints of spice, the Apogée Pinot Noir 2020 offers a sensory experience that is truly unparalleled.

“We are absolutely thrilled to see our Apogée Pinot Noir 2020 recognised in the Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Awards. This accolade is a testament to the passion and craftsmanship that our team pours into every bottle,” said Christo Kotze, Winemaker at La Vierge. “Our goal has always been to create wines that embody the unique terroir of our vineyards and bring joy to wine enthusiasts worldwide.”

The success of the Apogée Pinot Noir 2020 is a culmination of La Vierge’s commitment to sustainable practices, innovative winemaking techniques, and a profound respect for the land. The winery’s location in the heart of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley provides an ideal climate and soil conditions for cultivating exceptional Pinot Noir grapes, and this latest achievement is a testament to the winery’s ability to harness the potential of the land.

As La Vierge continues to push the boundaries of winemaking, the Apogée Pinot Noir 2020 stands as a shining example of their dedication to excellence. This recognition in the Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Awards serves as a milestone in the winery’s journey, further motivating the team to create wines that consistently surpass expectations.

Wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs are invited to experience the award-winning Apogée Pinot Noir 2020 firsthand. It is a limited-edition wine that embodies the essence of La Vierge’s philosophy – to craft wines that are a harmonious blend of artistry, nature, and science.

For more information about La Vierge and its exceptional wines, please visit www.lavierge.co.za