Kievits Kroon scores high in 2012 Wine List of the Year Awards

Kievits Kroon Country Estate just outside Pretoria has received 3 Flutes for its Long Wine List in the inaugural Food24 Wine List of the Year Awards.

Three Flutes are given to wine lists which score 86% or higher.

The wines are judged on content (including an original and innovative choice of wines, and variety of cultivars); balance (including overall value, styles, and balance of local, organic, garagistes and smaller producers); suitability (whether the list suits cuisine and image of restaurant); and presentation of the actual wine list.

Organised by industry leaders, Michael Olivier and Michael Bampfield-Duggan, South Africa’s Wine List of the Year Awards aim to be ‘the standard accolade for any restaurant which cares about serving good wine to its customers’.

Categories included Short Wine List (20 to 40 wines), Medium Wine List (41 to 80 wines) and Long Wine List (over 81 wines). Judges were Cathy Marston, Wine Writer for food24, respected chef Dr Bill Gallagher, Catherine Boutell Coakley, experienced wine list judge, who judges with her husband Dr Jim Coackley, and Myrna Robins, author and wine writer for The Argus.

Head Judge Cathy Marston said that it was great to see people exploring wineries outside the very familiar ones. “I saw lots of smaller wineries from the more unusual areas, which is fantastic in giving people more choice.”

Wine lists were awarded either 1, 2 or 3 Flutes according to percentages reached when matched by the Judges to the scoring criteria for Short, Medium or Long Lists.

Granita waiter Paulus shows off the Kievits Kroon Sauvignon Blanc which is on the restaurant’s award-winning wine list

Kievits Kroon was one of 13 restaurants to receive 3 Flutes in the area which included Gauteng and the Northern Province. The estate, which is known as ‘The Winelands in Gauteng’, has also received three consecutive Diamond Awards for its wine list in the annual Diners Club Wine List Awards. Last year the estate launched its own Grand Rouge and Sauvignon Blanc which are included on the wine list.

Kievits Kroon’s award-winning wine list can be downloaded from the website

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    Plot 41, Reier Road
    Kameeldrift-East, Pretoria
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