At the 2014 Michelangelo Awards, Newstead won a Gran D’or (double gold) for its first ever MCC Brut. In 2016 the estate won a second Gran D’or, this time for its Rosé bubbly. And this year Newstead won its third double gold in four years, for their second MCC Brut.
“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 the Rosé bubbly has now been nominated as one of the top wines in South Africa.
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.
The Michelangelo Awards is South Africa’s leading international wine show. This year 28 judges from 23 countries judged over 1600 entries, and Newstead’s Brut was one of only three bubblies to win a double gold.