2013 SA Wine & Cellar Classifications – top track records

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, Top Wine SA keeps followers right up to date regarding the leading examples of South African wine as recommended by the top tasting panels on the planet – the Top SA Wine Ratings also include the prices that the various vintages of top wines are selling for, will be selling for or were selling for before they sold out. And at the beginning of every year we publish the SA Wine & Cellar Classifications that showcase what and who has shone not in the case of one or two vintages but in terms of a span of bottlings as rated over the past 10 years – 2003 to 2012 in the case of the 2013 Classifications. This is about focusing on the best track records and confirming the national benchmarks.
The SA Wine Classificationand the SA Cellar Classification – updated annually since 2004 – are based on the top ratings and awards presented by the most highly qualified experts in the world’s most widely recognised forums when it comes to quality wine assessment. This involves reviews done collectively as teams of judges who conduct their assessments in a ‘blind tasting’ environment – with the names of the wines and their producers withheld so as not to influence the judges either positively or negatively in terms of brand status or price tier. For a wine to qualify for Classification, at least three vintages must have received a good review from at least one of the top tasting panels during the 10-year period under review. The more vintages for which a wine receives a top accolade and the greater the number and type of accolades, the higher its ranking in determining which of South Africa’s wines are favoured most consistently in any given category.

While the full 2013 Classifications are carried on the website of Top Wine SA, here are the very top-ranked wines from South Africa as things now stand when it comes to international consensus, given in alphabetical order:


TOP SA BARBERA – 2013 CLASSIFICATION

Altydgedacht Barbera
TOP SA CABERNET FRANC – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Raats Cabernet Franc
Warwick Cabernet Franc
TOP SA CABERNET SAUVIGNON – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon
Cederberg Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon
De Trafford Cabernet Sauvignon
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon (Bergkelder)
Guardian Peak Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon
Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon
Rustenberg Peter Barlow
Spier Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
Stark-Condé Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon
Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon
Waterford Cabernet Sauvignon
TOP CAP CLASSIQUE – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Desiderius Pongracz (JC Le Roux)
Graham Beck Brut Blanc de Blancs
Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blancs (Bon Courage)
Jacques Bruére Brut Reserve (Bon Courage)
JC Le Roux Pinot Noir Rosé
JC Le Roux Scintilla
Simonsig Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut
Villiera Monro Brut
Villiera Woolworths Vintage Reserve Brut
 
TOP SA CHARDONNAY – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Ataraxia Chardonnay
Chamonix Chardonnay Reserve
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay (Bergkelder)
Hamilton Russell Chardonnay
Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay
Mulderbosch Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Paul Cluver Chardonnay
Rustenberg Five Soldiers
Uva Mira Single Vineyard Chardonnay
TOP SA CHENIN BLANC – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Beaumont Hope Marguerite
Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc (DGB)
Cederberg Chenin Blanc
The FMC Forrester Meinert Chenin (Ken Forrester)
Jean Daneel Signature Chenin Blanc
Kanu KCB Chenin Blanc
Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Chenin Blanc
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc
Rudera Robusto Chenin Blanc
Spier Private Collection Chenin Blanc
TOP SA COLOMBAR – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Bon Courage André’s Fame Colombard
Nuy Colombar
TOP SA DESSERT WINE, FORTIFIED – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Alvi’s Drift Muscat de Frontignan
Badsberg Red Muscadel
Bon Courage White Muscadel
Du Toitskloof Hanepoot Jerepigo
KWV Muscadel Jerepigo
Monis Wood Matured Red Muscadel
Nuy Red Muscadel
Nuy White Muscadel
Rooiberg Red Muscadel
Slanghoek Red Muscadel
TOP SA DESSERT WINE, UNFORTIFIED – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
De Trafford Straw Wine
Fairview La Beryl Blanc
Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest (Bergkelder)
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance
Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Noble Late Harvest Muscadel
Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest
Neethlingshof Maria Noble Late Harvest
Paul Cluver Weisser Riesling Noble Late Harvest
T Noble Late Harvest (Ken Forrester)
TOP SA GEWURZTRAMINER – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Neethlingshof Gewürztraminer
TOP SA GRENACHE – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection Grenache
TOP SA MALBEC – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Signatures of Doolhof Malbec
TOP SA MERLOT – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Anura Merlot Reserve
Bilton Merlot
Dieu Donné Merlot
Durbanville Hills Luipaardsberg Merlot
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Merlot (Bergkelder)
Hartenberg Merlot
Longridge Merlot
Rust en Vrede Merlot
Shannon Mount Bullet Merlot
Steenberg Merlot
Thelema Merlot Reserve
TOP SA PINOT NOIR – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
Bouchard Finlayson Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
Chamonix Pinot Noir Reserve
Crystallum Cuvée Cinéma Pinot Noir
Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir
Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Pinot Noir
Oak Valley Pinot Noir
Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir
Sumaridge Pinot Noir
TOP PINOTAGE – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Pinotage
Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage
Kanonkop Pinotage
L’Avenir Pinotage
Môreson Pinotage
Rijk’s Pinotage
Simonsig Redhill Pinotage
Spier Private Collection Pinotage
Stellenzicht Golden Triangle Pinotage
Windmeul Pinotage Reserve
TOP SA PORT – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Axe Hill Cape Vintage
Boplaas Cape Tawny
Boplaas Cape Vintage
Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve
Boplaas CWG Auction Reserve Cape Vintage Reserve
Bredell’s Cape Vintage
Bredell’s Cape Vintage Reserve
De Krans Cape Tawny
De Krans Cape Vintage
De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve
 
TOP SA RED BLENDS – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Beyerskloof Field Blend
De Toren Fusion V
Ernie Els Signature
Jordan Cobblers Hill
Kaapzicht Steytler Vision
Kanonkop Paul Sauer
Rust en Vrede Estate
Sadie Columella
Simonsig Frans Malan Cape Blend
Vergelegen Red
 
TOP SA RIESLING – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Hartenberg Riesling
Jordan The Real McCoy Riesling
TOP SA SAUVIGNON BLANC – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc
Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc
Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc (Bergkelder)
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc (Bergkelder)
Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Lomond Pincushion Sauvignon Blanc
Nederburg Private Bin D234 Sauvignon Blanc
Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc Reserve
TOP SA SEMILLON – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Cape Point Semillon
Constantia Uitsig Semillon
David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon (Cederberg)
Eikendal Semillon
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Semillon (Bergkelder)
Jack & Knox Green on Green Semillon
KWV The Mentors Semillon
Landau du Val Semillon
Rijk’s Semillon 2004
Steenberg Semillon
Stellenzicht Semillon Reserve
Stony Brook Semillon
TOP SA SHIRAZ – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Boekenhoutskloof Syrah
Bon Courage Inkará Shiraz
Cederberg Shiraz
Hartenberg The Stork Shiraz
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz
Raka Biography Shiraz
Saronsberg Shiraz
Saxenburg Private Collection Shiraz
Saxenburg Select Shiraz
Spier Private Collection Shiraz
TOP SA VIOGNIER – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Bellingham The Bernard Series Hand Picked Viognier (DGB)
Fairview Viognier
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Viognier (Bergkelder)
Lourensford Viognier
TOP SA WHITE BLENDS – 2013 CLASSIFICATION
Cape Point Isliedh
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered White Blend (Bergkelder)
HPF Die Bartho (Hermanuspietersfontein)
Lomond Snowbush
Miles Mossop Saskia
Mullineux White
Nederburg Ingenuity White
Rall White
Sadie Palladius
Strandveld Adamastor
Tokara Director’s Reserve White
Vergelegen GVB