Top SA sweet wines and top SA sweet wine cellars over the past 10 years – best track records between 2004 and 2013

SOUTH AFRICA’S 2014 Wine & Cellar Classifications on the basis of the best track records in 25 local and international blind-tasting forums over the past 10 years have just been released. To be eligible for Classification, a wine must have been made and bottled in South Africa and must have earned very good reviews by at least one of the top judging panels for at least three vintages during the period under review – 2004 to 2013 for the 2014 Classification. The panels include those of Platter’s wine guide (5 Stars and Highly Recommended), the Trophy Wine Show and the Michelangelo awards, Veritas and the Six Nations Challenge, Decanter, the International Wine Challenge and IWSC – to mention just eight of the 25. And thereafter it is the number of top-rated vintages and the type of accolades that determine Top 20 and Top 10 rankings among South Africa’s most fancied wines in recent times.

The top rankings as regards the latest dessert and port-style wine Classifications are as follows, given in alphabetical order. See here for the Top 20 rankings in various categories plus the names of the Top 50 white and red wine cellars, the Top 100 cellars overall and those ultra-consistent bottlings in the Top Wine SA Hall of Fame (for eight or more top-rated vintages during the past 10 years).

TOP 10 UNFORTIFIED SA DESSERT WINES – 2014

Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest
Fairview La Beryl Blanc
Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest (Bergkelder)
Ken Forrester T Noble Late Harvest
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance
Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Muscadel Noble Late Harvest
Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest
Neethlingshof Maria Noble Late Harvest
Paul Cluver Riesling Noble Late Harvest
TOP 10 FORTIFIED DESSERT WINES – 2014
Alvi’s Drift AD Muscat de Frontignan
Badsberg Red Muscadel
Bon Courage White Muscadel
Du Toitskloof Hanepoot Jerepigo
KWV Muscadel Jerepigo
Monis Muscadel
Nuy Red Muscadel
Nuy White Muscadel
Orange River Cellars White Muscadel
Rooiberg Red Muscadel
TOP 10 SA PORT-STYLE WINES – 2014
Axe Hill Cape Vintage
Boplaas Cape Tawny
Boplaas Cape Tawny NV
Boplaas Cape Vintage
Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Show Selection
Bredell’s Cape Vintage
Bredell’s Cape Vintage Reserve
De Krans Cape Tawny NV
De Krans Cape Vintage
De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve