At the 2014 Michelangelo Awards, Newstead won a Gran D’or (double gold) for its first ever MCC Brut Chardonnay. In 2016 the estate won a second Gran D’or, this time for its Rosé bubbly. In 2017 Newstead won its third double gold for their second MCC Brut Chardonnay. In 2019 Newstead won a double gold for its 3rd MCC Brut Chardonnay, as well as a double gold for their third Rosé MCC.
“We are surprised and delighted,” Newstead’s Doug Lund said after the Michelangelo Awards ceremony.
For good measure, the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay have also been awarded at previous Michelangelo Awards, and their Brut MCC Blanc de blanc scored 95 in the IWSC (International Wine and Spirits competition), one of three South African sparkling wines to be awarded gold.
It’s an impressive showing for an estate that released its first wines only half a decade ago, and which is located in Plettenberg Bay – a region not known for its vineyards. But Newstead’s kudos and Anton Smal’s wine making have helped to raise the region’s winemaking profile and credibility.
And perhaps Newstead’s loyal aficionados knew something ahead of the Michelangelo judges. The estate’s bubblies are in high demand and often sell out before they’re released.
The Michelangelo Awards is South Africa’s leading international wine show. This year judges from 23 countries judged over 2000 entries, and Newstead’s MCC’s were only two of five bubblies to win a double gold.