A brief journey out of Cape Town, Nederburg Wine Estate rests in the heart of the famed wine district of Paarl.

This Western Cape winery’s 2016 vintage of Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes, The Anchorman Chenin Blanc, has recently been awarded a platinum medal at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards in London – a prestigious panel of Wine Masters and Master Sommeliers chose the platinum medal winning wines from gold medal winners in a particular region and specific categories defined by wine style.

The award-winning Anchorman
The award-winning Anchorman

The Anchorman, a wooded Chenin Blanc that commemorates Nederburg’s founder, Philippus Wolvaart, who bought the farm in 1791 and planted Chenic Blanc, won a platinum medal for the best South African Chenin Blanc priced at over £15.

It offers a “superb combination of freshness and complexity with ripe apricot, orange and floral characters laced with spice and minerality” according to white-wine maker Natasha Boks. Boks also says that the wine is a “blend of very differently vinified components.

One portion of fruit was fermented in second and third-fill 300-litre barrels. A second component was fermented in stainless-steel tanks, while a third was fermented in very old, large vats and the remainder involved a fermentation technique usually reserved for red wines.”

White-wine maker Natasha Boks
White-wine maker Natasha Boks

Nederburg also won three Decanter gold medals for the 2012 and 2013 vintages of its Private Bin Eminence Noble Late Harvest, as well as the 2014 vintage of its Ingenuity White blend.

The Ingenuity White 2014 and The Anchorman 2016 are available from the farm in Paarl, outlets such as Norman Goodfellows, highly rated restaurants, and style bars as well as online at vinoteque.co.za.

The estate isn’t new to winning either. Nederburg was recently placed 36th in World’s Most Admired Wine Brands’ top 50 survey by Drinks International. The winery has also been also selected ‘South African Wine Producer of the Year’ at the 2016 International Wine and Spirit Competition. Finally,

Finally, Nederburg has also been awarded the 2017 Platter’s By Diners Club South African Wine Guide’s ‘Winery of the Year’.

Right here on our doorstep!



A 750ml bottle of Nederburg The Anchorman 2016 retails for around R150, and Nederburg Ingenuity White 2014 for approximately R220.

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