Trend-setting South African wine brand Brampton has made an indelible mark at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the competition’s results released earlier this week have shown. Not only did the Brampton Pinotage 2014 clinch a much-prized Trophy at this leading local wine show, the Stellenbosch-based brand also secured a place on the Top 10 Most Successful Producers podium.

Brampton is known for its creative and free-spirited approach to wine, with the buzzing Brampton Wine Studio in the heart of Stellenbosch’s busy town centre being the home of the brand and social hub for its trendy wine followers. It is a place where lively discussion and self-expression are celebrated, surrounded by great wine, food and company to match.

Being a brand with a strong consumer focus, the Brampton range of wines are only entered for selected competitions in really outstanding years – the 2014 Pinotage being a case in point. The result was an intensely fruit-driven wine, brimming with signature mulberry, raspberry and cherry flavours.

The Brampton Pinotage 2014 scored an impressive 93 out of 100 in the OMTWS judges’ final points tally. It follows a string of strong performances from Brampton wines in recent years, including a Veritas Gold medal for the Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and a Top 10 finish for the Rosé 2015 at last year’s Rosé Rocks competition.

For the creative team behind the Brampton brand, led by winemaker Richard Duckitt in the cellar, it is inspiring news that a wine made in a fruit-forward, accessible style loved by consumers and young consumers in particular, is also getting the nod from the best local and international wine critics through esteemed competitions such as the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Pinotage, South Africa’s quintessential indigenous grape variety, was after all founded on a creative and innovative idea. How fitting therefore that many decades later, Brampton is raising the bar with a truly expressive Pinotage that oozes originality and style.