Mundus Vini is Germany’s biggest wine tasting competition and attracts thousands of entries every year. 2020 was somewhat challenging – as other competitions such as Decanter World Wine Awards, International Wine Challenge and the International Wine & Spirit Competition also found – because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Around 4 500 tasting samples were assessed by 120 socially distanced judges over the course of four days.

“This year, our expert jury was impressed by the quality,” said tasting director Christian Wolf. “We are pleased that we can help to provide a worthy platform for the best wines in currently difficult times.” A total of 919 gold medals were awarded, 19 of which went to South African wines.

Chardonnay did particularly well with KWV Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay 2019 the top performer, being singled out as best South African white while the KWV The Mentors Perold 2017 was its red equivalent.

White wines which received gold medals were: Nederburg Chardonnay 2019, De Wetshof Bateleur Chardonnay 2018, Survivor Chardonnay 2019, False Bay Windswept Sauvignon Blanc 2020, La Motte Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Simonsig Sunbird Sauvignon Blanc 2020 and Waterval Chardonnay Colombard (DGB) 2020. The sole sweet wine which received gold was Perdeberg’s 2017 Dryland Collection Longevity natural sweet chenin blanc.

Red wines awarded gold were: 2017 Laborie Signature Shiraz, 2017 Alto Rouge, 2018 Glen Carlou Grand Classique, 2016 Glenwood Grand Duc Syrah, 2017 Perdeberg Dryland Collection Resolve Pinotage, 2017 The Mentors Cabernet Franc (KWV) and both 2016 and 2017 Dr Charles Niehaus (KWV).