Experts’ choice: South Africa’s top Chenin Blanc in 2012

THE STAND-OUT Chenin Blanc wines from South Africa, the best reviews of the year – DeMorgenzon, Jean Daneel, Jordan, Kanu, Stellenrust and Spier shone more often than most, although what great value-for-money from Mulderbosch, Leopard’s Leap, Villiera and Douglas Green Bellingham:

 

Beaumont Hope Marguerite 2011 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine 2010 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Bosman Optenhorst 2010 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Botanica 2011 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

DeMorgenzon Reserve 2010 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

DeMorgenzon Reserve 2011 – gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Douglas Green 2011 – gold medal at Mondial

Eenzaamheid 2011 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Jean Daneel Signature 2010 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Jean Daneel Signature 2011 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Jordan Barrel Fermented 2007 – trophy at Trophy Wine Show

Jordan Barrel Fermented 2011 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Kanu KCB 2008 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Kanu KCB 2009 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2011 – gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition, gold medal at Mondial

KWV Cathedral Cellar 2011 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide, gold medal at Decanter Awards

Leopard’s Leap Family Collection 2011 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Mulderbosch Steen op Hout 2010 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Nabygelegen 2011 – double gold medal at Michelangelo Awards

Oldenburg 2011 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Remhoogte Honeybunch Reserve 2011 – gold medal at Trophy Wine Show

Sadie Skurfberg 2011 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Spice Route 2011 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Spier 21 Gables 2010 – trophy at Decanter Awards, gold medal at International Wine Challenge, gold medal at Mondial

Stellenrust Barrel Fermented 2010 – double gold medal at Five Nations Challenge

Stellenrust Barrel Fermented 2011 – trophy at International Wine & Spirit Competition, trophy at Michelangelo Awards

Teddy Hall Dr Jan Cats Reserve 2010 – gold medal at Classic Awards, Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

The FMC Forrester Meinert 2010 – gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Tokara 2009 – trophy at Trophy Wine Show, double gold medal at Five Nations Challenge

Under Oaks 2012 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Villiera 2011 – Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards

Wildekrans Osiris Barrel Selection 2010 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

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