South Africa’s top Chenin Blanc ratings in 2013, plus the best Chenin Blanc at under R50 – the experts’ choice

GRAHAM BECK, Kleine Zalze, Rijk’s, Sadie, Stellenrust and Windmeul top the list of contenders for South Africa’s champion Chenin Blanc producer 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 CHENIN BLANC RATINGS IN 2013

Beaumont Hope Marguerite 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Botanica 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Cederberg Five Generations 2011 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Credo 2010, Stellenbosch Vineyards – Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards
De Trafford Four V NV – 4½ Stars in Classic Wine Magazine
DeMorgenzon 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Graham Beck Bowed Head 2011 – Trophy at International Wine Challenge, Gold Medal at Trophy Wine Show
Jean Daneel 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Kanu KCB 2009 – 5 Stars in Classic Wine Magazine
Klein Doolhof 2012 – Double Gold Medal at Michelangelo Awards
Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection 2012 – 4½ Stars in Classic Wine Magazine
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
KWV Cathedral Cellar 2012 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Lutzville Vineyards The Diamond Collection 2012 – Double Gold Medal at Michelangelo Awards
Mullineux Schist 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Opstal Carl Everson 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Perdeberg The Dry Land Collection 2011 – Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards
Raats Family Old Vine 2012 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Radio Lazarus 2012, Alheit – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Remhoogte Honeybunch Reserve 2012 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Reyneke 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Rijk’s 2009 – Double Gold at Michelangelo Awards
Rijk’s Reserve 2008 – Trophy at Trophy Wine Show
Sadie Mev Kirsten 2012 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Sadie Skurfberg 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Simonsig Woolworths Exclusive Selection Sur Lie 2012 – Gold Medal at Trophy Wine Show
Spier Woolworths Private Collection 2011 – Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards
Star Hill 2010 – 4½ Stars in Classic Wine Magazine
Stellenrust Barrel Fermented 2012 – Trophy at International Wine & Spirit Competition, 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Teddy Hall CWG Auction Reserve Hendrik Biebouw 2011 – 4½ Stars in Classic Wine Magazine
The FMC Forrester Meinert 2011, Ken Forrester – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Windmeul 2013 – Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards
Windmeul Reserve 2012 – Double Gold Medal at Michelangelo Awards

BEST VALUE SA CHENIN BLANC AT UNDER R50 A BOTTLE

Arabella 2012 – R38 a bottle
Babylon’s Peak 2013 – R35 a bottle
Badsberg 2013 – R32 a bottle
BC 2013, Brandvlei – R20 a bottle
Dornier Cocoa Hill 2013 – R48 a bottle
Groenland Landskap 2013 – R38 a bottle
Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection 2013 – R39 a bottle
Koelenbosch 2010, Koelenhof – R33 a bottle
KWV 2013 – R38 a bottle
Lutzville Vineyards 2012 – R48 a bottle
Montagu Cellar 2013 – R32 a bottle
Nuy 2013 – R32 a bottle
Orange River Cellars de Barrique 2010 – R46 a bottle
Perdeberg 2013 – R33 a bottle
Perdeberg Reserve 2012 – R45 a bottle
Saam 2013, Perdeberg – R46 a bottle
Villiera 2012 – R42 a bottle
Virgin Earth 2010 – R40 a bottle
Windmeul 2013 – R34 a bottle
Windmeul Reserve 2012 – R47 a bottle