Backsberg Dazzles at Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards

The results of the 2018 Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards were revealed at an exclusive dinner at Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Cape Town on the evening of the 29th of September. In one of the most competitive lineups in the history of the competition, Backsberg Estate Cellars dazzled beyond belief, being awarded the highest rated wine in its category, a platinum and two gold medals.

Regarded as the largest competition of its kind in South Africa, the Michelangelo Awards attracts critical acclaim both locally and abroad on an annual basis. This year’s competition enticed a total of 2 255 wine and spirit entries – a record number in the competition’s 22 year standing.

This year’s international judging panel consisted of 30 judges from 16 nationalities. The wines were tasted blind over several days to ensure optimal scoring conditions and overall 26 trophies, 36 platinum medals and 150 double gold medals were awarded.

Backsberg’s not-yet-released Family Reserve Red 2016 – a Bordeaux style red blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec – delivered on all counts, bagging the TM Mercurey French Style Red Blend Trophy. According to Lorraine Immelman, Michelangelo’s Managing Director, for a wine to achieve this status means that “its peers paled in comparison: it had the highest score of all entries in its class.” Essentially one ought to “be humbled in its presence.”

Already a gold winner from the Old Mutual Awards held earlier in the year, Backsberg’s Pumphouse Shiraz 2016 continued to shine. Backsberg’s broody, full-bodied red was awarded a platinum medal and scored a whopping 96 points. The Family Reserve White 2018 and Merlot 2017 stood sound walking away with gold medals in both instances.

Backsberg looks forward to seeing the development of these wines in the next few years.


*If you’re a trend-setter and would like to get your hands on Backsberg’s Family Reserve Red 2016 before its official release, please send an email to bianca@backsberg.co.za. We’ll be offering free shipment on all orders nationally. In all other instances, please feel free to purchase these award-winners on the estate’s online store here. Stocks are limited.


Backsberg’s Michelangelo Awards Winners for 2018 are as follows:

  • Family Reserve Red 2016 – TM Mercurey French Style Red Blend
  • Pumphouse Shiraz 2016 – Platinum Medal
  • Family Reserve White 2018 – Gold Medal
  • Premium Merlot 2017 – Gold Medal
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