Dr Charles Niehaus 2020, the 10th vintage of the signature red wine named after Roodeberg’s illustrious founder, has clinched Double Gold at the 2022 Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge in France.
Awarded a score of 92/100, this jewel in the Roodeberg crown is a fitting tribute to Dr Niehaus who pioneered the cherished South African wine brand over 70 years ago.
Fruit purity and complexity are the crux of this super-premium Roodeberg that has evolved since its maiden vintage in 2010 into a superbly concentrated and integrated wine. The award winning 2020 vintage is a harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Shiraz (40%), Malbec (12%) and Durif also called Petite Sirah (8%).
“The wine is all about selecting the best of the best from the vineyards, the individual bunches and the berries, down to the finest barrels for the final blend. Our goal is to produce the best super-premium blend that our vineyards can deliver,” says Roodeberg winemaker, James Ochse.
Rich and juicy with great depth and fruit concentration, the wine erupts in your glass with aromatic layers of blackcurrant, mulberries and plum enlivened by hints of violets. It is generous with a well-integrated, grippy tannin structure rewarding with an intense and lingering finish.