South Africa’s top dessert wine ratings in 2013 and best dessert wines under R100 a bottle – the experts’ choice

NEDERBURG and Nuy remain dominant among South Africa’s most successful sweet wine producers, but the competition is growing and getting stiffer… The following wines achieved outstanding reviews from the judges at blind-tastings around the world in 2013:
TOP SOUTH AFRICAN DESSERT WINE RATINGS IN 2013 – UNFORTIFIED

Badsberg Badslese Natural Sweet 2012 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest 2010 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2012 – Trophy at Trophy Wine Show, 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Donkiesbaai Hooiwijn 2012, Gardian Peak – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Durbanville Hills Noble Late Harvest 2012 – Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards, Outstanding Gold Medal at International Wine & Spirits Competition
Fairview La Beryl Blanc 2012 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2011, Bergkelder – Trophy at Decanter World Wine Awards, 4½ Stars in Classic Wine Magazine
Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2012, Bergkelder – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Groot Constantia Grand Constance 2010 – Double Gold Medal at Michelangelo Awards, Outstanding Gold Medal at International Wine & Spirits Competition
Jordan Millifera Noble Late Harvest 2012 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2008 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
KWV The Mentors Noble Late Harvest 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Lutzville Vineyards Francois le Vaillant Noble Late Harvest 2012 – Double Gold Medal at Michelangelo Awards
Meinert Semillon Straw Wine 2012 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Miles Mossop Kika Noble Late Harvest 2012 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc Noble Late Harvest 2011 – 4½ Stars in Classic Wine Magazine
Mullineux Straw Wine 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest 2007 – Outstanding Gold Medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition
Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Muscadel Noble Late Harvest 2008 – Trophy at International Wine & Spirit Competition, Gold Medal at Trophy Wine Show
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Muscadel Noble Late Harvest 2009 – Trophy at Decanter World Wine Awards, Double Gold Medal at Six Nations Wine Challenge
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Muscadel Noble Late Harvest 2011 – Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Muscadel Noble Late Harvest 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2011 – Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards
Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2012 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Wine Guide, Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards, Gold Medal at Trophy Wine Show
Paul Cluver Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2012 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Perdeberg Weisser Riesling Reserve Natural Sweet 2011 – Trophy at Classic Wine Trophy Competition
Quoin Rock Vine Dried Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Rustenberg Straw Wine 2011 – Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards
Vergelegen Semillon Straw Wine 2011 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide

TOP SOUTH AFRICAN DESSERT WINE RATINGS IN 2013 – FORTIFIED

Alvi’s Drift AD Muscat de Frontignan 2010 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide
Grundheim Rosyntjiewyn 2011 – Platinum Medal at Michelangelo Awards
Monis Muscadel 2004 – 4½ Stars in Classic Wine Magazine
Montagu Cellar Red Muscadel 2012 – Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards
Nuweland Muscat de Frontignan 2009 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Nuy Red Muscadel Limited Release NV – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide
Nuy White Muscadel 2006 – Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards
Nuy White Muscadel 2007 – Trophy at Trophy Wine Show

BEST VALUE SA DESSERT WINES AT UNDER R100 A BOTTLE IN 2013

Montagu Cellar Red Muscadel 2012 – R20 a bottle
Nuy White Muscadel 2007 – R36
Orange River Cellars White Muscadel 2012 – R39 a bottle
Nuweland Muscat de Frontignan 2009 – R40 a bottle (375ml)
Grundheim Rosyntjiewyn 2011 – R85 a bottle