Super Shiraz – top ratings of SA wines worldwide in 2012

SYRAH, SHIRAZ, whatever you prefer to call it, here are the stand-out examples from South Africa in 2012, the top wines as reviewed by expert tasting panels around the world – and with more than a couple of accolades for Boschendal, Cederberg, Cirrus, Ernie Els, Fairview, Hartenberg, Mullineux and Saronsberg:
 

Allée Bleue 2010 – gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Alto 2010 – double gold medal at Michelangelo Awards, gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Avontuur Dominion Royale Reserve 2009 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Boekenhoutskloof 2010 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Boschendal ‘1685’ 2009 – gold medal at Trophy Wine Show

Boschendal Cecil John Reserve 2009 – gold medal at Syrah du Monde

Boschendal Cecil John Reserve 2010 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Brampton 2009 – gold medal at Mondial

Cederberg CWG Auction Reserve Teen die Hoog 2010 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Cederberg 2009 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Cederberg 2010 – double gold medal at Michelangelo Awards, double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Christina Van Loveren 2010 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Cirrus 2008 great gold medal at Mondial, gold medal at International Wine Challenge

Cirrus 2009 – great gold medal at Mondial, gold medal at Decanter Awards, double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Cloof The Very Sex 2009 – great gold medal at Mondial

De Grendel 2010 – double gold medal at Five Nations Challenge, trophy at Trophy Wine Show

Delheim Vera Cruz 2009 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Driehoek 2010 – gold medal at Mondial, Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Eagles’ Nest 2009 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Elgin Heights 2010 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Elgin Vintners 2008 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Ernie Els Proprietor’s 2010 – gold medal at Decanter Awards, double gold medal at Veritas Awards, Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Fable Bobbejaan 2010 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Fairview Eenzaamheid 2009 – gold medal at Mondial

Fairview JakkalsFontein 2009 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Fairview The Beacon 2009 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Graham Beck The Ridge 2009 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Groot Constantia 2009 – gold medal at Classic Awards

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

Hartenberg Gravel Hill 2008 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Hartenberg The Stork 2008 – gold medal at Syrah du Monde

Hartenberg The Stork 2009 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Julien Schaal 2011 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Kasteelberg 2010 – gold medal at Decanter Awards

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2009 – gold medal at Mondial

KWV The Mentors 2009 – gold medal at Classic Awards

KWV The Mentors 2010 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

La Motte 2009 – gold medal at Mondial, Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Lazanou 2009 – trophy at Michelangelo Awards

Lomond Conebush 2008 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Lomond Conebush 2009 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Mount Sutherland 2009 – trophy at Classic Awards, Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Mullineux Granite 2010 – highly recommended in Platter’s

Mullineux Schist 2010 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Mullineux 2010 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Painted Wolf 2009 – trophy at Trophy Wine Show

Perdeberg Reserve 2010 – gold medal at Classic Awards

Place in the Sun 2011 – gold medal at Decanter Awards

Raka Biography 2010 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Rust en Vrede 2009 – gold medal at Syrah du Monde

Rust en Vrede 2010 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Rustenberg 2010 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Saronsberg Provenance 2010 – gold medal at Decanter Awards, Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Saronsberg 2010 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide, gold medal at Syrah du Monde, Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Saxenburg Private Collection 2007 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Saxenburg Select 2009 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Simonsig CWG Auction Reserve 2010 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Simonsig Merindol 2010 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Spier Private Collection 2009 – gold medal at Mondial

Spier Private Collection 2010 – gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

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

Stellenrust Peppergrinder’s 2009 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Swartland Winery Bushvine 2010 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Thelema 2009 – gold medal at Mondial

Vondeling Baldrick 2011 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

 
For the prices of the above and more Shiraz recommendations, click here. For information about the various judging panels, click here.