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So many to choose from for the title of SA Wine Champ 2016

Winemaker of the Year, Winery of the Year, Most Successful Producer of the Year… Delaire Graff, Nederburg, Mullineux and Rijk’s among the title holders, but who’s tops overall?  Read more.

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THE MAGIC OF BUBBLES: Franschhoek is the place to be on 3 and 4 December for the Cap Classique & Champagne Festival. Photograph courtesy of Colmant, whose sparkling wines will be among those to be enjoyed during the festivities. Click on the image for more info

Waterkloof wine estate boasts best chef – SA Eat Out Awards

Five of South Africa’s Top 10 restaurants are in the Cape winelands, among the vines, with 2016 Eat Out laureates including Camphors, La Colombe, Maison, Overture and Waterkloof. Read more.

Capensis charms the panel at Global Chardonnay Masters

With the judges all wine Masters of one sort or another, Cape cellars fared well at the 2016 Drinks Business Chardonnay taste-off in the UK: one Master award, seven Golds. Article here.

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Stellenrust – winner of Platter’s White Wine of the Year award

Platter’s guide features over 8000 wines including 94 ‘classics’

Nederburg of Paarl, Riebeek Kasteel’s Mullineux, Radford Dale and Stellenrust of Stellenbosch scoop top awards in 2017 edition of Platter’s SA Wine Guide. 5 Star laureates here.

Sauvignon champs range from Merwida at R51 to Nitida at R285

South Africa’s Sauvignon Blanc producers enter 169 wines in annual Top 10 competition, with top performers based predominantly in Durbanville, Elgin, Stellenbosch. Results here.

Veritas Double Gold × 2 for Flagstone, KWV, Rustenberg, Spier

Distell collects more medals than anybody else at Veritas 2016, four cellars win a couple of double golds each, and Boschendal vies with Goedverwacht for ‘best value’ kudos. More here.

Six Nations trophies for SA Cab, Shiraz, Pinotage, White Blend

South Africa’s Cederberg Private Cellar, Rijk’s of Tulbagh, Rustenberg and Stark-Condé of Stellenbosch triumph (and surprise) at Six Nations Challenge in Australia. More details here.

Young Kanonkop fetches up to R2233 a bottle at CWG Auction

2016 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction provides inkling of who’s who at cutting edge of Wine SA and new records across the board. Average prices, highest prices and more here.

Elim-Cederberg collaboration earns top score for Weather Girl

With 1829 entries, Michelangelo sets new record as biggest wine competition in South Africa. Top producers collect 11 trophies, 15 platinum awards and hundreds of golds. More here.The Berrio Web K1

The Berrio vineyards outside Elim, Cape Agulhas, home of an exceptional white blend

Nederburg and DeMorgenzon show the French a thing or two

Trophies for Best Cabernet Sauvignon and Best Chenin at International Wine & Spirit Competition go to South African cellars, with Neethlingshof taking the title in the Pinotage class. More here.

40-year-old Stellenbosch Shiraz auctioned for R7333 a bottle

De Toren, Kanonkop, Vergelegen and La Motte… De Wetshof, DeMorgenzon and Ken Forrester… Zonnebloem, Monis, Libertas and Jaubert… 2016 Nederburg Auction highlights here.

5 Star rating followed by yet another trophy for Anura bubbly

2016 Cap Classique Challenge winners feature Paarl’s Anura Vineyards, Colmant of Franschhoek and the House of JC Le Roux, Stellenbosch – a total of 11 gold medallists. Highlights.

Iona, Strandveld and Tokara lead charge in battle of the blends

Latest White Hot Wine Awards point to wonderful success stories despite the reluctance of judges to give a ‘perfect’ score. 35 entries, not a single dud in sight, and another win for Elgin. More.

Pinotage Association Top 10 features Kanonkop, Rijk’s, plus… 

L’Avenir Single Block 2014 is arguably the most successful Pinotage on the show circuit in 2016. And few wines can match the value offering of Knorhoek’s second label at R40pb. More here.

Chenin Challenge winners do justice to SA grape variety No. 1

With Chenin Blanc the most widely planted wine grape variety in South Africa, the best in the industry’s annual Top 10 contest are bound to be complex and interesting. More here.

Nederburg’s Muscadel impresses wine aficionados worldwide

After scooping trophies at the International Wine Challenge in London and the SA Trophy Wine Show, Eminence chosen among Top 10 gold medallists at Muscats du Monde, France. More here.

Top score at the Red Hot Wine Awards goes to Groot Constantia

Stellenbosch cellars dominate the top ratings at Winemag.co.za’s 2016 review of South Africa’s Bordeaux-style red blends, yet the highest score is bestowed on Gouverneurs Reserve. More here.

DeMorgenzon declared best Chardonnay at Decanter Awards

South African cellars excel at 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards in London: 1 Best in Class, 6 Platinum Awards, 29 gold medals, 212 silvers, 273 bronze medals. All the top SA laureates here.

South African wine industry ups and downs – 2016 stats update

Production up, exports down, domestic sales up, imports up, fewer farmers, more wineries, more estates, fewer vines… SA now eighth-biggest wine-producing nation. Latest figures here.

Delaire Graff and Tokara take top awards at Trophy Wine Show

Delaire Graff wins trophies for top red and top producer overall. Tokara blend judged top white wine overall. Trophy for best value gold medallist goes to Secret Cellar. Read more here.

Consistency and good value evident in 2016 Shiraz Challenge

Cederberg, Eagles’ Nest, Fairview and Saronsberg among the Top 12 in SA Shiraz Producers Association’s annual taste-off. Windmeul and Laborie ‘best value’ in ‘dream dozen’. Report.

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Saronsberg of Tulbagh – one of the top Shiraz cellars in South Africa

Syrah du Monde Top 10 features The Bernard Series, Merindol

Staged in the northern Rhône Valley, France, the 2016 Syrah du Monde sees eleven South African wines from Shiraz collect silver, five strike gold and two rank among the best wines reviewed. More.

Saronsberg and Tokara collect top Cape honours at IWC 2016

SA wineries earn 21 gold medals and 12 trophies at the International Wine Challenge in London, with kudos for the top SA red and white on show going to Tulbagh and Stellenbosch cellars. Results.

Cape Blend and Chardonnays shine brightest for SA at Mondial

Clos Malverne, Kleine Zalze and Lourensford achieve ‘grand gold’ medals at the international 2016 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, with 28 other South African wines earning gold. Results here.

Graham Beck sells off brands aplenty to focus on bubbly  

Top South African producer Graham Beck disposes of red and white still wines to concentrate on sparklers made according to the traditional method. R150m investment announced. Read more.

British Masters confirm Pinot Noir pecking order in South Africa

The Masters of Wine (UK) judging at the 2016 Global Pinot Noir Masters competition awarded just one gold medal to a South African wine. All hail Hemel-en-Aarde, Walker Bay. More here.

World-class performance from Uva Mira at Chardonnay Masters

In the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon Global Masters results announced by The Drinks Business in London, Uva Mira Single Tree termed a ‘Cape Crusader’. Results here.

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View of Stellenbosch from Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards

Kleine Zalze rises to the challenge at Chardonnay du Monde

782 wines from around the world. 259 medals awarded: 196 silver, 63 gold. 15 South African laureates: nine silver, six gold. And one Cape wine selected among the Top 10 on show. More here.

10 Cape Sauvignon Blancs get the judges smiling in Spain

Three gold medals and seven silvers for SA producers at the 2016 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon, this year held in the little Spanish town of Tordesillas. Clearly pedigrees count! Read more.

Rustenberg declassifies Peter Barlow and Five Soldiers for 2016

With farmers on the Simonsberg in Stellenbosch still counting their losses after fires in January, one of South Africa’s leading cellars says ‘no ways’ to top Cab and Chardonnay from 2016. More.

‘Debut’ bottle of Touch Cabernet fetches R1.3m on auction

Sale of various things hedonistic raises R15m in support of education, spotlights top South African wine brands and hails collaboration involving radio DJ and Warwick. 2016 charity auction results here.

South Africa’s Top 20 cellars in recent history – 2006 to 2015

Classification of top wine producers over the past 10 years – 2006 to 2015 – includes both industry ‘first growths’ and relative newcomers, big cellars and small. Read more.

Top 100 SA wines over the past 10 years – 2016 Classification

Showcase of very best track records according to 2016 SA Wine Classification features eight cellars with three or more of the country’s consistent favourites. Listing here.

Red carpet, drum roll, toasts… Top Wine SA Hall of Fame 2016

The annual update of Top Wine SA’s Hall of Fame highlights THE most applauded South African reds, whites, bubblies and sweets during the past 10 years. More here.

South African Wine & Cellar Classifications 2016 – Top Wine SA

Focusing on the best track records in the winelands of South Africa over the past 10 years (2006 to 2015). Full SA Wine Classification here. Full SA Cellar Classificaion here.


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Uber Value in 2015 – Best of the Best at Under R100 pb

South Africa’s best value wines at under R100 per bottle with the best track records over the past 10 years – all top-rated by the experts in 2015. Uber list here.


TOP LINKS

• Top SA Wine Ratings: 2016, 2015

• SA Wine Classification 2016

• Top Wine SA Hall of Fame 2016

• SA Cellar Classification 2016

• Directory: Top SA Wine Cellars

• Top SA Wine Events Calendar

• Where to Eat in Top Wine SA

• Bonus Attractions in Top Wine SA

• Latest SA Wine Industry Stats

• A Short History of Wine SA

 


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