Semillon, Viognier and more: top SA niche wines in 2012

THE STAND-OUT South African wines made from niche varieties, the best reviews of the year – including a particularly successful Viognier, which many winemakers regard as better suited for blending with other varieties, a Grenache Blanc with great interest value, and a couple of dry reds from cultivars more commonly associated with port-style fortified wines:

 

WHITE WINES

Altydgedacht Gewürztraminer 2012 – double gold medal at Michelangelo Awards

KWV The Mentors Grenache Blanc 2011 – trophy at Five Nations Challenge, highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Groote Post Riesling 2012 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Jordan The Real McCoy Riesling 2010 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Jordan The Real McCoy Riesling 2011 – gold medal at Five Nations Challenge

Cape Point Semillon 2008 – trophy at Trophy Wine Show

David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon 2011 – gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Landu du Val Semillon 2010 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Ondine Semillon 2010 – trophy at Trophy Wine Show

Alvi’s Drift Viognier 2011 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

De Grendel Viognier 2012 – double gold medal at Michelangelo Awards

Eagles’ Nest Viognier 2010 – gold medal at Five Nations Challenge

Fairview Viognier 2010 – gold medal at Mondial 2010

Saronsberg Viognier 2010 – gold medal at International Wine Challenge, gold medal at Classic Awards, Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

 

RED WINES

 

Sadie Pofadder 2011 from Cinsaut – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Signatures of Doolhof Malbec 2010 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Sadie Treinspoor 2011 from Tinta Barocca – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Calitzdorp Cellar Touriga Naçional 2010 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

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