Top Pinotage in 2012 – experts’ choice around the world

THE STAND-OUT Pinotage wines, the best reviews of the year when it comes to South Africa’s most successful ‘indigenous’ variety – with Rijk’s heading up a select group of multi award winners including Bellingham, Diemersdal, Durbanville Hills, Kaapzicht, Simonsig, Spier, the Swartland Winery and Windmeul:
Allée Bleue 2009 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Altydgedacht 2011 – winner in Top 10 Pinotage Competition

Bellingham The Bernard Series Bush Vine 2010 – trophy at Decanter Awards, gold medal at Mondial

Chamonix Greywacke 2010 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Deetlefs 2010 – gold medal at Trophy Wine Show

Diemersdal 2011 – winner in Top 10 Pinotage Competition

Diemersdal Reserve 2011 – trophy at Michelangelo Awards

Diemersfontein Carpe Diem 2010 – gold medal at Decanter Awards

Durbanville Hills Rhinofields 2011 – winner in Top 10 Pinotage Competition, highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Fairview Primo 2010 – gold medal at Mondial

Groot Constantia 2010 – gold medal at Classic Awards

Kaapzicht Steytler 2008 – trophy at International Wine & Spirit Competition, gold medal at Mondial

Kanonkop 2010 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

KWV The Mentors 2010 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

La Cave 2010 – winner in Top 10 Pinotage Competition

L’Avenir Grand Vin 2009 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Meerendal Heritage Block 2010 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Neethlingshof The Owl Post 2010 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Painted Wolf Guillermo 2009 – winner in Top 10 Pinotage Competition

Renosterbos 2011 – great gold medal at Michelangelo Awards

Rijk’s 2008 – trophy at Trophy Wine Show, winner in Top 10 Pinotage Competition, highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Rijk’s Reserve 2008 – great gold medal at Michelangelo Awards

Robertson Winery Phanto Ridge 2010 – great gold medal at Michelangelo Awards

Simonsig Redhill 2009 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Simonsig Redhill 2010 – winner in Top 10 Pinotage Competition

Spencer Bay 2010 – gold medal at Decanter Awards

Spier 21 Gables 2010 – winner in Top 10 Pinotage Competition, highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Springfontein Jonathan’s Ridge 2009 – great gold medal at Michelangelo Awards

Stellenzicht Golden Triangle 2010 – gold medal at Trophy Wine Show

Swartland Winery Bushvine 2010 – winner in Top 10 Pinotage Competition, Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Tokara 2010 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Windmeul Reserve 2011 – winner in Top 10 Pinotage Competition, double gold medal at Veritas Awards


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