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Six more in demand than others at Cape Wine Auction 2018

R17.5m raised at The Cape Wine Auction for children’s education in the winelands. Producers most in demand: Sadie, Kanonkop, De Toren, Meerlust, Kershaw, Raats. Read on.

Top 100 SA Wines: only Cederberg and Spier at under R100 pb

Ahead of the annual general price hikes in March, Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc and the white blend Spier Creative Block 2 the only wines in 2018 SA Top 100 Classification below R100 a bottle. More.

DeMorgenzon and Stellenrust join ranks of Top 20 SA Cellars

South Africa’s Top 20 Wineries, based on the reviews of their wines by the top panels over the past 10 years, include young and old, big and small. More about the 2018 Classification here.

SA Wine & Cellar Classifications applaud top track records

Focusing on the most successful outfits in the winelands of South Africa over the past 10 years: 2018 SA Wine Classification here, 2018 SA Cellar Classificaion here, highlights here.

South Africa’s Top 20 most successful wines on show in 2017

Applauded again and again by panels of judges locally and internationally when it counted most. There are many more world-class SA wines, but these were particularly well received. Read on.

2017 Uber Value SA Wine Guide focuses on best under R100 pb

KWV and Perdeberg of Paarl, Imbuko in Wellington, the De Wet cellar outside Worcester and Merwida of Rawsonville among leading cellars as regards best bang for your buck. More here.

Eat Out Awards showcase Top 10 restaurants in SA winelands

Waterkloof, Beau Constantia (Chefs Warehouse), Vergelegen (Camphors), Silvermist (La Colombe) and Hidden Valley (Overture) among the top venues. For more recommendations, read on.

Judges at IWSC 2017 couldn’t praise Kanonkop more highly

International Wine & Spirit Competition trophies go to Kanonkop, Jordan, Stellenrust, Nederburg, Bergkelder and Plaisir de Merle, with Kanonkop also winning Winemaker of the Year. More.

Bruwers shine with eight 5 Star awards in Platter’s Guide

Bruwer Raats and family scoop Platter’s ‘Winery of the Year’ award at launch of the 2018 edition. Other stars include The Foundry, Nederburg, Beaumont, Klein Constantia. More here.

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.

Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle at Uva Mira, one of the top wine farms on the Helderberg in 2017

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.

 


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