Plett vineyards shine with the Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 

Bitou Vineyards in Plett have won a Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge Award
Published: May 3rd, 2021

Plett vineyards shine with the Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge

Bitou Vineyards and Kay & Monty Vineyards are both recipients of awards with the Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge. The Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge provides recognition to vineyards and wineries that set an international benchmark.

The Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge is used as a marketing tool to increase sales in both local and international markets. For 30 years, the group has been publishing their printed and online wine guide and has been conducting more than 10,000 wine tastings per year with a French tasting panel. South African wineries can take part in the challenge.

Patty Butterworth, CEO of Plett Tourism, notes that the awards are a result of the efforts of many individuals. “We are proud that two of our vineyards have received this honor given the number of growers in South Africa that focus on international standards. This recognition belongs to the teams, which for many years, have successfully woven such high standard practices into everything they do.”

One individual that stands out, in particular, is Plett winemaker Anton Smal. He is the winemaker at both Bitou and Kay & Monty.

‘Smallie’ is a pedigreed winemaker. He began his career at the well-known Villeria wine farm in Stellenbosh, Cape Town between 1991 – 2010. After gaining vast experience in a variety of cultivars, in particular Cap Classiques (MCC or traditional Champagne method of producing), he moved to Plett’s founding wine farm Bramon.

With the sun, sand, and surf at his reach he has dug his heals in and now calls Plett home. He continues to work for several wine farms in the area, including Bitou Vineyards and Kay & Monty Vineyards. 

BITOU VINEYARDS AWARDS

Bitou Vineyards Méthod Cap Classique Sauvignon Blanc – 2017
MCC (Méthode Cap Classique) – Plettenberg Bay
Rating 91/100
Dégustation: année 2021
Attractive first impression. Green apple, pretty lees notes from yeast. Unexpected well integrated acidity, good mousse and palate weight with long finish.

Bitou Vineyards Sassy Sauvignon Blanc Off-Dry – 2020
Sweet white wine – Plettenberg Bay
Rating 90/100
Dégustation: année 2021
Light yellow. Gooseberry and granadilla nose. Light-to-medium palate with a fruit-forward aroma. Apple, gooseberry and fresh peach follow from the nose. A fragrant and layered wine.

Bitou Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc – 2019 (silver)
Dry white wine – Plettenberg Bay
Rating 84/100
Dégustation: année 2021
Light yellow. Subdued nose with some fruit salad notes. Medium palate with fresh fruit-salad and quince. Pithy on the finish. Drink now.

KAY & MONTY VINEYARD AWARDS

Gold – Kay & Monty MCC Champu Chardonnay – 2016
MCC (Méthode Cap Classique) – Plettenberg Bay
Rating 89/100
Dégustation: année 2021
Straw yellow. Freshly baked bread, yellow apple and pear notes carries to taste. Medium to light palate but shows a good return on the aftertaste.

Gold – Kay & Monty SAV Sauvignon Blanc – 2020
Dry white wine – Plettenberg Bay
Rating 87/100
Dégustation : année 2021
Very light yellow. Subdued nose with hints of capsicum and green apple. Medium-to-light on the palate with a crisp finish. Fruit-salad and fig. A great summer-sipper.

Kay & Monty SAV Sauvignon Blanc – 2019
Dry white wine – Plettenberg Bay
Rating 90/100
Dégustation : année 2021
Light yellow. Tropical nose with hints of white pepper. Fruit-forward palate with canned peas and capsicum. Full and rich on the finish. Drink through 2025.