South Africa’s top Cabernet in 2012 – the experts’ choice

THE STAND-OUT Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa, the best reviews of the year – from particularly good value wines including Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection, Dieu Donné and Tokara, to Cabs made at the Cederberg Private Cellar and Stark-Condé in the Jonkershoek Valley that have come under the spotlight again and again and again:

Cederberg 2009 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Cederberg Five Generations 2009 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection, 4½ Stars in Christian Eedes Report

Cederberg Five Generations 2010 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide, double gold medal at Veritas Awards

De Trafford 2009 – 5 Stars in Christian Eedes Report

Delaire Graff Reserve 2009 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide, 5 Stars in Christian Eedes Report

Dieu Donné 2010 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Edgebaston 2010 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Eerste Hoop 2009 – gold medal at Mondial

Eikendal 2009 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Ernie Els 2010 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Fleur du Cap Unfiltered 2010 – trophy at Decanter Awards

Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry 2008 – gold medal at Classic Awards

Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry 2009 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Graham Beck The Coffeestone 2009 – 5 Stars in Christian Eedes Report

Guardian Peak Lapa 2010 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Jordan 2009 – trophy at Trophy Wine Show

Klein Constantia 2009 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2007 – gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2009 – great gold medal at Mondial, gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Le Riche 2009 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Le Riche CWG Auction Reserve 2009 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Louis 2008 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Meerlust 2010 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Naledi 2009 – great gold medal at Mondial

Naledi 2010 – gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection 2009 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Oldenburg 2009 – gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Perdeberg 2011 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Rickety Bridge Paulina’s Reserve 2009 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide, 4½ Stars in Christian Eedes Report

Stark-Condé 2009 – 4½ Stars in Christian Eedes Report

Stark-Condé Three Pines 2009 – trophy at Five Nations Challenge, Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection, 4½ stars in Christian Eedes Report

Stark-Condé Three Pines 2010 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Teddy Hall Hercules van Loon 2008 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Teddy Hall The Butcher Shop & Grill 2007 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Thelema The Mint 2009 – gold medal at Five Nations Challenge

Tokara 2009 – 5 Stars in Christian Eedes Report

Tulbagh Winery 2010 – double gold medal at Michelangelo Awards

Webersburg 2007 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide


For the prices of these wines and more Cabernet recommendations, click here. For information about the various judging panels, click here.