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Stellenbosch reigns in Winemag’s 2017 Chardonnay Report

Delaire Graff (Banghoek), Eikendal (Helderberg) and Rustenberg (Simonsberg) top of the class in SA Chardonnay competition where a number of ‘second labels’ come to the fore. More.

Stellenrust and Uva Mira South Africa’s flagbearers in Sydney

New Zealand wins Six Nations Wine Challenge, but South Africa puts on a good show, earns trophies for superlative Chenin and red blend from cellars in the Helderberg. Read on.

Top SA Sauvignon Blanc from everywhere – well almost

Leading Sauvignon from across the Cape winelands – Durbanville, Elgin, Elim, Franschhoek, Paarl, Stellenbosch – with Diemersdal and Kleine Zalze again among the Top 10. Continued.

Spier Chenin dominates at Veritas, judged best wine on show

Most successful cellars at SA national wine show include Bergkelder (Fleur du Cap), Diemersdal, Kleine Zalze, KWV, Neil Ellis, Nederburg, Neethlingshof, Nuy, Simonsig, Spier, Uitkyk… Highlights.

Pinotage champions among 2017 Perold Cape Blend laureates

Simonsig and Windmeul far from newcomers at Pinotage awards, with Lyngrove, Idiom and Namaqua also commended as top Cape Blends share limelight with top Pinotage Rosé. More.

New record set at CWG Auction as red wine heroes hold sway

Highest prices at the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction go to Beyerskloof Traildust, Kanonkop Paul Sauer and Kaapzicht Ultimate Vision, a case of the latter fetching R16 600. Continued.

Michelangelo No. 1 is a Cab Franc from Nelson Estate, Paarl

Lisha Nelson the top-scoring entry at 2017 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards in Cape Town. Surprising in part, all of the trophy and platinum award winners here.

Meerlust ‘Bordeaux’ the ‘belle of the ball’ at Nederburg Auction

A 1978 Meerlust fetches R16 000 per bottle, Ken Forrester’s 2009 FMC goes for R11 000 a case and somebody bids R55 000 for six bottles of 1957 Chateau Libertas. Nederburg Auction highlights.

Simonsig: Cap Classique Pioneer

Sparkling Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2012 has what it takes

Full Cap Classique Challenge results reveal 3 double gold medal winners, 13 gold medallists and many other bubbly beauties in addition to Simonsig and Domaine des Dieux champs. More.

Three rounds of applause for Kanonkop Cabernet at IWSC 2017

Kanonkop wins ‘outstanding’ gold for several vintages of Cab, Spier takes Pinotage title and Nederburg does it again with Edelkeur… International Wine & Spirit Competition results here.

Perdeberg makes it four out of four in Chenin Blanc Challenge

Five newcomers in SA Chenin Association’s annual Top 10 Challenge, but several three-time winners from Stellenbosch and a Paarl producer with four wins in succession. More.

Two trophies for Neil Ellis Wines at Top 10 Pinotage awards

The last time a Neil Ellis Pinotage triumphed at the Absa Top 10 was back in 1999. What a comeback, ranking alongside Kanonkop, Windmeul, Diemersfontein, Flagstone… Read on.

SA ranked 7th biggest wine producer in the world – 2017 stats

Latest industry data has wine production down but sales up, number of wine farms down but number of wineries up, with the UK and Germany still the biggest export markets. More.

Tawny trumps Vintage… Calitzdorp remains ‘Cape Port’ Capital

Boplaas Cape Tawny wins trophy for top port-style wine at 2017 CAPPA Challenge. Runner-up prize goes to Delaire Graff Cape Vintage 2015. Competition overview and results here.

Calitzdorp: port capital of South Africa

Rabelais blend does it for Thelema in ‘Cape Bordeaux’ Report

Winemag review of Bordeaux-style red blends from top South African producers includes 25 wines rated 90-plus, with top score going to Cab-led combo from Thelema. Overview here.

Shiraz Challenge spotlights Fairview, Rustenberg, Saronsberg…

The Top 12 in the 2017 Shiraz SA Challenge come from throughout the Cape winelands, with Cederberg, KWV, Fairview, Eagles’ Nest and Saronsberg boasting best track records. Results here.

Tokara the Most Successful Producer at Trophy Wine Show SA

Overall champ at the 2017 Trophy Wine Show: Tokara. Best Red Overall: Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2014. Best White Overall: DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2016. But then… Read on.

Decanter Awards: Elgin’s Paul Cluver on a roll with Seven Flags

Vin de Constance 2013 and Paul Cluver Seven Flags Chardonnay 2016 two of the best on show at 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards, London. Seven SA platinum winners all told. Continued.

And first place at Syrah du Monde 2017 goes to… Driehoek!

Top-scoring wine overall, two wines among the Top 10, five gold medals in total and 10 silver medals… South Africa enjoys one of its most successful years yet at Syrah du Monde. Read on.

Elgin gems triumph big time at International Wine Challenge

IWC 2017 results in seven trophy winners from the Cape. Best South African White: Boschendal Elgin Chardonnay 2015. Best South African Red: Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2015. More.

Paul Cluver, Elgin: Champion Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Cederberg and Saronsberg among top performers at Mondial

No ‘grand gold’ for South Africa at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2017 – but 10 gold medals, including one for a wine excluded from top Cape Cabs in Winemag report days before. More.

Winemag lauds Ellis and Strydom in 2017 SA Cabernet Report

Fifteen wines rated 90-plus… Neil Ellis and Strydom top-score in Winemag’s annual Cabernet Sauvignon Report… Short of greatness but very good, says panel chairman… Overview here.

Big night at National Wine Challenge for Fairview, Cluver…

Paul Cluver of Elgin and Fairview of Paarl the top achievers at National Wine Challenge awards – each winning six spots among SA Top 100 chosen from the entry submissions. Top 10 here.

Bouchard Finlayson has Pinot Noir experts smiling in UK

Tête de Cuvée 2013 from Bouchard Finlayson of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in the Walker Bay district outside Hermanus the only SA gold medallist at 2017 Global Pinot Noir Masters, UK. More here.

Diemersdal and Steenberg Sauvignons win gold in Bordeaux

2017 edition of Concours Mondial du Sauvignon (Blanc) attracts over 800 entries, with France dominating the awards presentation at which South African cellars win 10 medals. More here.

Eben Sadie honoured by Masters of Wine Institute, London

The Masters of Wine and The Drinks Business publication in the UK present Eben Sadie of South Africa’s Swartland district with their 2017 Winemakers’ Winemaker Award. Read on.

On the Paardeberg outside Malmesbury in the Swartland, home of The Sadie Family Wines

Four Cape cellars share the spoils at Chardonnay du Monde

Gold medallists at Chardonnay taste-off in Burgundy feature four from SA: Bon Courage and Weltevrede from Robertson, Survivor from Worcester (Swartland fruit) and DGB. More here.

Cab Franc Challenge attracts 50 entries, yields 14 gold medals

Most of South Africa’s Cabernet Franc producers ‘come to the party’, six winners chosen at the 2017 Challenge and roadshow expanded to include Cab Franc Carnival in Johannesburg. More.

Three Cape cellars excel at international Tourism Challenge

Creation Wines of Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Delheim of Simonsberg-Stellenbosch and La Motte of Franschhoek wave the flag for South Africa at 2017 Drinks International Wine Tourism Challenge.

South Africa’s Top 20 wineries big and small, spread far and wide

Top 20 SA cellars on Cape Peninsula (4) and Cederberg (1), in Elgin (1), Franschhoek (3), Hemel-en-Aarde (1), Paarl (1), Somerset West (1), Stellenbosch (7) and Tulbagh (1) – 2017 Classification.

Top 100 SA Wines… 2017 Hall of Fame… Most fancied most often

South Africa’s most highly rated wines overall for the period 2007 to 2016, those special bottlings that achieve good to great reviews vintage after vintage, year after year. Scrolls of honour here.

SA Wine & Cellar Classifications showcase top track records

Focusing on the most successful outfits in the winelands of South Africa over the past 10 years: 2017 SA Wine Classification here, 2017 SA Cellar Classificaion here, highlights here.

 

 


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The Cape’s 20 most successful wines on the world stage in 2016

The number of South Africa’s highly-rated, world-class wines runs into the hundreds, but some are more highly praised more often by the top tasting panels on the planet: Top 20 in 2016.

Best Value SA Wine Guide 2016 – highly rated, all under R100 pb

South Africa’s best-value wines of the year, those that have earned very good reviews from one or more of the top panels locally or internationally AND which sell/sold for less than R100. More.

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.

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.

Vergelegen scoops global title plus at Wine Tourism Awards

Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards go to farms and cellars in nine of the very best wine-producing areas around the world – including six of South Africa’s top outfits. 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.stellenrust-alternative-venue-shot-poster-graphic-2-cropped-version-2

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.


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TOP LINKS

Top SA Wine Ratings: 2017, 2016

SA Wine Classification 2017

Top Wine SA Hall of Fame 2017

SA Cellar Classification 2017

Top SA Wine Events Calendar

• Best Value SA Wine Under R100

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