Medal-winning Deep South Gins

Our awards

We have been very fortunate to have won some amazing awards for our products, with the first award taking place before we had completed our licensing! We do not particularly pursue awards and competitions for their own sake: rather we use them as a way of benchmarking our products against others in South Africa and abroad. 

Competitions are not the only way we assess quality of course.  Our products are reviewed by restaurants and bars, vendors and retailers, bloggers, vloggers and of course our wonderful customers, and we value their input, published or private (see some published articles

And we thank them for their many great suggestions over the years.

Below is a list of the public awards we have received

2023

Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards 2023

Michelangelo’s main purpose is to provide consumers with an unbiased opinion of the best wine & spirits globally available. The International 100 point OIV system is used.  All products are judged ‘blind’, thus the judges aren’t aware of the origin of the product being adjudicated and aren’t influenced by product packaging. A Gold medal indicates a score of 89-92.99 points. A maximum of one third of entries obtain medals.

ENYI Gold Rum

RUM TROPHY AWARD

Merit Wine & Spirits Challenge 2023

The illustrious and prestigious Merit Wine and Spirit Challenge bestows coveted Gold Awards upon exceptional wines and spirits of the utmost quality. It also commends best value spirits priced at R300 or below. As a testament to extraordinary merit, those exceptional wines and spirits that have the honour of receiving both awards are granted the esteemed Double Gold award. The Merit Wine and Spirit Challenge serves as a pinnacle of distinction, honouring the finest libations and showcasing the crème de la crème of the industry

Lumo Awards 2023

The Lumo Awards aim to identify the best wine and spirits available to consumers. Quality is simply the only measure used. The panel consists entirely of female judges, and they recommend wine and spirits to all consumers. Lumo Awards was previously the SA Womens Wine and Spirits Competition

Premium Vodka

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL

Cape Dry Gin

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL

Taprobane Gin

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL

Three Citrus Gin

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL

Intercontinental Spirits Challenge 2023

The Intercontinental Spirits Challenge is a global showcase of exceptional spirits, staged across several continents. The judging panel comprises industry experts, who meticulously assess a diverse range of spirits categories. The Africa leg of the competition featured outstanding spirits and liqueurs from 13 countries across the continent.

Medal winners reflect excellent products with outstanding craftsmanship

Premium Vodka

GOLD MEDAL

Amber Rum

GOLD MEDAL

Cape Dry Gin

GOLD MEDAL

Taprobane Gin

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL

Old Reserve 55 Arrack

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL

Trophy Spirits Show 2023

The Trophy Spirits Show is a South African competition open to all producers and importers. The show scores and ranks all products across a series of categories, identifying the gold, silver and bronze medallists, and attracts many international brand names.

It is very competitive show, where entries are up against some of the biggest brands in the world, and a medal of any kind is a notable achievement.

Taprobane Gin

SILVER MEDAL

Spice Island Gin

BRONZE MEDAL

Premium Vodka

BRONZE MEDAL

International Wine and Spirits Competition 2023

The International Wine and Spirits Competition in London seeks to reward excellence in drinks worldwide, ensuring recognition for the very best wines and spirits. It has an extensive range of spirits categories.

Taprobane Gin

SILVER MEDAL

Taprobane Gin

BRONZE MEDAL
(Gin & Tonic Category)

2021

SA Rum Awards 2021

The RumSA Awards are open to all commercially available rums made in South Africa. A gold medal indicates an exceptionally fine spirit.

Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards 2021

Michelangelo’s main purpose is to provide consumers with an unbiased opinion of the best wine & spirits globally available. The International 100 point OIV system is used.  All products are judged ‘blind’, thus the judges aren’t aware of the origin of the product being adjudicated and aren’t influenced by product packaging. A Gold medal indicates a score of 89-92.99 points. A maximum of one third of entries obtain medals.

International Wine and Spirits Competition 2021

The International Wine and Spirits Competition in London seeks to reward excellence in drinks worldwide, ensuring recognition for the very best wines and spirits. It has an extensive range of spirits categories.

Spice Island Gin

GOLD MEDAL
(Gin & Tonic category)

Spice Island Gin

BRONZE MEDAL

Premium White Rum

BRONZE MEDAL

Premium Vodka (Cape of Storms)

BRONZE MEDAL
(Vodka & Tonic category)

2020

Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards 2020

Michelangelo’s main purpose is to provide consumers with an unbiased opinion of the best wine & spirits globally available. The International 100 point OIV system is used.  All products are judged ‘blind’, thus the judges aren’t aware of the origin of the product being adjudicated and aren’t influenced by product packaging. Gran d’Or (Double Gold) is awarded for a score of 93 to 95.99 points
A Gold medal indicates a score of 89-92.99 points. A maximum of one third of entries obtain medals.

Spice Island Gin

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL

SA Craft Gin Awards 2020

The SA Craft Gin Awards a represent the first dedicated competition for South African craft gins. They were founded to celebrate and promote the finest craft gins distilled in South Africa. The gins are judged by a panel of judges who will blind taste to discover the top South African Craft Gins. Double and gold awards are awarded to outstanding gins

Spice Island Gin

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL

Cape Dry Gin

GOLD MEDAL

2019

SA Craft Gin Awards 2019

The SA Craft Gin Awards a represent the first dedicated competition for South African craft gins. They were founded to celebrate and promote the finest craft gins distilled in South Africa. The gins are judged by a panel of judges who will blind taste to discover the top South African Craft Gins. Double and gold awards are awarded to outstanding gins

Cape Dry Gin

GOLD MEDAL

Sommeliers Spirits Trophy Award 2019

Cape Dry Gin

GOLD MEDAL

London Spirits Competition 2019

The London Spirits Award singles out those spirits and brands that consumers really want to buy, and that have a clear market value for trade buyers. Spirits are judged in three key areas: their quality, their value for money and their appearance.

Cape Dry Gin

GIN OF THE YEAR

Cape Dry Gin

GOLD MEDAL

Trophy Spirits Show 2019

The Trophy Spirits Show is a South African competition open to all producers and importers. The show scores and ranks all products across a series of categories, identifying the gold, silver and bronze medallists, and attracts many international brand names. It is very competitive show, where entries are up against some of the biggest brands in the world, and a medal of any kind is a notable achievement.

2018

Ruby Gin: South African Women's Wine and Spirits competition - Gold Medal

The SA Women’s Wine & Spirit Awards assesses the quality of a product, and endorses products that would appeal, in taste and quality, to women consumers. The judges are female consumers or members of the trade who have a qualification from the Cape Wine Academy, or a similar qualification.

2017

Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards 2017

Michelangelo’s main purpose is to provide consumers with an unbiased opinion of the best wine & spirits globally available. The International 100 point OIV system is used.  All products are judged ‘blind’, thus the judges aren’t aware of the origin of the product being adjudicated and aren’t influenced by product packaging. Gran d’Or (Double Gold) is awarded for a score of 93 to 95.99 points
A Gold medal indicates a score of 89-92.99 points. A maximum of one third of entries obtain medals.

Cape Dry Gin

DOUBLE GOLD

Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards 2021

Michelangelo’s main purpose is to provide consumers with an unbiased opinion of the best wine & spirits globally available. The International 100 point OIV system is used.  All products are judged ‘blind’, thus the judges aren’t aware of the origin of the product being adjudicated and aren’t influenced by product packaging. A Gold medal indicates a score of 89-92.99 points. A maximum of one third of entries obtain medals.