HEADLINES

Consistency and good value evident in 2016 Shiraz SA 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.

Syrah du Monde Top 10 features The Bernard Series and 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 take top Cape honours at IWC 2016, UK

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 Cap Classique  

Top South African producer Graham Beck disposes of red and white still wines to concentrate on bubbly 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.

Kleine Zalze rises to the challenge at Chardonnay du Monde 2016

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 Sauvignon Blancs from the Cape 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 at charity 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 auction results here.

South Africa’s Top 20 cellars over the past 10 years – 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.

Top Wine SA Hall of Fame 2016 – red carpet, drum roll, toasts to all

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.

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.

At least two dozen contenders for SA Wine of the Year

Deciding on South Africa’s champion cellar for 2015 is a big ask, and choosing the SA Wine of the Year pretty much impossible. See here for the front-runners.

South Africa’s top eateries, top chefs, top sommeliers

La Colombe at Silvermist, Waterkloof, Terroir at Kleine Zalze, Jordan, Rupert & Rothschild and Fresh at Paul Cluver star at annual Eat Out awards. Restaurant guides.

Mullineux & Leeu dominate ratings in Platter’s guide

Platter’s 2016 edition includes 5 Star ratings for no fewer than 83 beauties, with the book’s top Wine and Winery of the Year awards going to Warwick and Mullineux. More.

Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition results surprising

SA Sauvignon champs of the Cederberg, Stellenbosch, Paarl and elsewhere on form again, but none of the winning cellars in Durbanville, Darling or Cape Peninsula. Results here.

KWV judged most successful producer at Veritas 2015

Top guns at Veritas Awards include KWV and Kanonkop, Eagles’ Nest and Rustenberg, plus… Over 1700 wines judged, 45 win double gold, several on a roll. Highlights.

SA Chardonnay and Chenin a class apart at Six Nations

At the 2015 Six Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney, Australia, South Africa’s trophy winners include DeMorgenzon, Iona, Vondeling and Warwick. Read more.

Kanonkop most in demand at major SA wine auctions

Most in-demand wines at Nederburg and Cape Winemakers Guild auctions led by Kanonkop, Hartenberg, Boekenhoutskloof… and golden oldies. Auction highlights.

Tamboerskloof and Villiera charm judges – Rosé Rocks

In the first SA wine competition exclusively for pink wines, Kleinood and Villiera cellars lead the way. For the Top 10 still wines and the Top 3 sparklers, click here.

Kanonkop, Jordan, Cluver and Forrester star at IWSC

Kanonkop among the top performers at 2015 International Wine & Spirit Competition – but not before the cellar switches over to the next vintage! Top SA results here.

First place to Eagles’ Nest at 2015 Michelangelo Awards

Top rating at Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards goes to Shiraz from Eagles’ Nest, and Nuy White Muscadel judged best dessert. Competition results here.

Altydgedacht takes the title in Cap Classique Challenge

In a first for Durbanville, Altydgedacht bubbly wins 2015 Cap Classique Challenge, with Laborie, Louisvale and Desiderius Pongrácz also among the class winners. Report.

Louisvale Dominique ‘over-delivers’ in Value Challenge

Thirty wines score very well at the inaugural Ultra Value Wine Challenge, with special kudos going to a red blend from Devon Valley. Good quality at under R100 a bottle.

Paarl ‘n Wellington cellars prevail in Cape Blend contest

Anura and KWV of Paarl, Welbedacht and La Cave of Wellington as well as Da Capo (Idiom) of Sir Lowry’s Pass among the winners at 2015 Perold showdown. All the top Cape Blends.

Mulderbosch blend top-scores at White Hot Awards

The spoils in Winemag’s 2015 White Hot Wine Awards go to top cellars in Stellenbosch, Elgin, Constantia, Durbanville, Cape Agulhas, Somerset West and Bot River. Results here.

DeMorgenzon Res Chenin wins third trophy of the year

The winners of the 2015 Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge include a couple of surprises and some consistently good wines – one made to the sound of music. See results.

Top 10 taste-off favours most leading Pinotage cellars

The 2015 Top 10 Pinotage leaderboard features Kanonkop and Rijk’s but also Writer’s Block and Survivor, one of the few really good Pinotage wines from the Swartland. More.

De Compostella lauded at Red Hot Awards, Stellenbosch

Winemag’s Red Hot Wine Awards for top SA blends from Bordeaux varieties go to some of the country’s leading producers and highlight a bargain or three. Read more.

Food-and-wine tastings at South Africa’s top cellars

Best marriages: increasing number of Top 100 SA wine cellars offer tastings that pair various reds, whites, bubblies and desserts with all sorts of foods to match. Roundup.

More and more top SA wines at over R1000 a bottle

Which wines from South Africa’s leading producers are fetching the highest prices on release, on auction, at the museum? In the winelands, or in London. Update.

Nederburg and Orange River Muscats triumph in France

Nederburg’s Eminence strikes gold with two vintages at 2015 Muscats-du-Monde and Orange River Cellars scores again with 2013 Red Muscadel. Read more.

Paul Cluver outstanding at Decanter Awards, UK

Elgin shines particularly brightly as South African cellars collect 13 trophies and a haul of gold medals at the 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards in London. SA highlights.

Test Kitchen and Tasting Room best restaurants in SA

Ranked among The World’s 100 Best Restaurants by S Pellegrino’s team of critics, The Test Kitchen (Top 50) and The Tasting Room offer very interesting winelists. See report.

SA ranks No 7 in the world – wine industry statistics

The OIV has South Africa in seventh spot among biggest wine-producing countries and SAWIS announces 2015 industry stats – size and structure by the numbers. Highlights.

Rustenberg number one at Trophy Wine Show 2015

Many top Cape cellars shine at major SA wine taste-off – as do a couple of retailers with exclusive bottlings that include a trophy winner selling for under R30pb. Read more.

 


TOP LINKS:

Top SA Wine Ratings in 2016/2015

SA Wine Classification 2016

Top Wine SA Hall of Fame 2016

SA Cellar Classification 2016

Directory of Top SA Wine Producers

Top SA Wine Events Calendar

Where to Eat on Top SA Wine Farms

Top SA Wine Tours & Tastings

 

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