South Africa’s top Chardonnay ratings in 2013, plus the best SA Chardonnay at under R80 – the experts’ choice

GROOT Constantia, Hamilton Russell, KWV The Mentors, Paul Cluver and Rustenberg Five Soldiers top the list of contenders for South Africa’s champion Chardonnay of the year for 2013… The following wines achieved outstanding reviews from the judges at blind-tastings around the world during the past 12 months:

TOP SOUTH AFRICAN CHARDONNAY RATINGS IN 2013
Bartinney 2012 – 4½ Stars, Classic Wine Magazine

Bon Courage Prestige Cuvée 2012 – 4½ Stars, Classic Wine Magazine
Boschendal ‘1685’ 2013 – Double Gold Medal, Veritas Awards
Chamonix Reserve 2011 – Trophy, Classic Wine Trophy Competition
Chamonix Reserve 2012 – 5 Stars, Platter’s Wine Guide
De Wetshof Bon Vallon 2013 – Double Gold Medal, Veritas Awards
De Wetshof The Site 2012 – 4½ Stars, Platter’s Wine Guide
Delaire Graff 2012 – Double Gold Medal, Veritas Awards
Diemersdal Unwooded 2013 – Double Gold Medal, Michelangelo Awards
Goudini Unwooded 2013 – Double Gold Medal, Michelangelo Awards
Groot Constantia 2012 – 5 Stars in Christian Eedes Report, 4½ Stars in Platter’s Wine Guide
Hamilton Russell 2011 – Trophy, Classic Wine Trophy Competition
Hamilton Russell 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Wine Guide, 4½ Stars in Christian Eedes Report
Haskell Anvil 2012 – 4½ Stars, Christian Eedes Report
Jordan CWG Auction Reserve 2012 – 4½ Stars, Platter’s Wine Guide
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2012 – Platinum Award, Michelangelo Awards
Koelfontein 2011 – Double Gold Medal, Michelangelo Awards
Koopmanskloof 2013 – Double Gold Medal, Michelangelo Awards
KWV The Mentors 2012 – Trophy at Decanter World Awards, 4½ Stars in Christian Eedes Report
Linton Park 2013 – Double Gold Medal, Michelangelo Awards
Lourensford Winemaker’s Selection 2011 – Trophy, International Wine Challenge
MAN 2006 – Gold Medal, Trophy Wine Show
Môreson Mercator Premium 2012 – Double Gold Medal, Veritas Awards
Mulderbosch Barrel Fermented 2010 – Trophy, International Wine Challenge
Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2012 – 5 Stars, Platter’s Wine Guide
Nuy 2009 – Trophy, Trophy Wine Show
Oak Valley 2011 – Trophy, Decanter World Wine Awards
Paul Cluver 2011 – 5 Stars in Classic Wine Magazine, Gold Medal at Trophy Wine Show
Paul Cluver 2012 – 5 Stars, Christian Eedes Report
Paul Cluver CWG Auction Reserve Wagon Trail 2012 – 4½ Stars, Platter’s Wine Guide
Kershaw 2012 – 5 Stars, Platter’s Wine Guide
Rickety Bridge 2012 – 4½ Stars, Classic Wine Magazine
Rietvallei Special Select 2012 – Top 10, Chardonnay du Monde
Rustenberg Five Soldiers 2011 – Trophy at Trophy Wine Show, Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards, 4½ Stars in Platter’s Wine Guide
Sumaridge 2010 – Trophy, International Wine Challenge
Tokara Reserve Collection Stellenbosch 2012 – 4½ Stars, Christian Eedes Report
Val du Charron 2012 – Double Gold Medal, Michelangelo Awards
Vins d’Orrance Cuvée Anaïs 2012 – 4½ Stars, Platter’s Wine Guide
Winters Drift 2011 – Double Gold Medal, Veritas Awards

BEST VALUE SA CHARDONNAY AT UNDER R80 A BOTTLE
Anura 2012 – R50 a bottle
Boland Cellar Five Climates 2013 – R39 a bottle
Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 2011 – R57 a bottle
Bon Courage Prestige Cuvée 2012 – R68 a bottle
Boschendal 1685 2013 – R75 a bottle
Brampton Chardonnay 2013 – R55 a bottle
Brampton Unoaked 2012 – R64 a bottle
Christina van Loveren 2012 – R73 a bottle
Danie De Wet Sur Lie 2013, De Wetshof – R55 a bottle
De Wetshof Bon Vallon 2013 – R74 a bottle
Diemersdal Unwooded 2013 – R54 a bottle
Douglas Green 2012 – R56 a bottle
Durbanville Hills 2012 – R52 a bottle
Fleur du Cap 2012, The Bergkelder – R52 a bottle
Franschhoek Cellar Our Town Hall 2012 – R40 a bottle
Goedverwacht Great Expectations 2013 – R40 a bottle
Goudini Unwooded 2013 – R35 a bottle
Heron’s Nest 2013, Clos Malverne – R25 a bottle
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2012 – R73 a bottle
Kranskop 2012 – R50 a bottle
La Capra 2012, Fairview – R37 a bottle
Laibach Woolworths The Ladybird 2012 – R58 a bottle
Linton Park 2013 – R40 a bottle
MAN 2006 – R60 a bottle
Merwida 2013 – R53 a bottle
Nuy 2009 – R50 a bottle
Ondine 2011, Ormonde – R60 a bottle
Rhebokskloof 2012 – R79 a bottle
Rickety Bridge 2012 – R78 a bottle
Rooiberg 2013 – R33 a bottle
Sumsaré Wild Yeast 2012 – R68 a bottle
The River Garden 2012, Lourensford – R40 a bottle
Val du Charron 2012 – R65 a bottle
Wellington Wines 2013 – R29 a bottle
Welmoed 2013, Stellenbosch Vineyards – R38 a bottle