Dombeya and Diemersdal the value champs at Winemag’s inaugural Red Hot Awards

THE RESULTS of’s Riscura ‘Red Hot Wine Awards’ confirmed the good credentials of numerous Bordeaux-style blends from the Cape – including a couple priced at around a third of what the top-rated wines are going for and a helluva lot less than the winner of the competition. In the final taste-off the honours went to the Mvemve Raats de Compostella 2013 from Stellenbosch, which just pipped Diemersdal’s 2013 Private Collection from Durbanville – both blends of five varieties, but the former a 6000-bottle production at R900 a bottle versus the 46 000-bottle runner-up at R125 per unit.

Winner of the award for ‘Best Value’ was Haskell Vineyards on the Helderberg with their Dombeya Fenix 2010 – some 4000 bottles at R110 each. The top guns also included a welcome return to form of Overgaauw in StellenboschKloof with their Tria Corda 2012 – just 4000 bottles at R280 per bottle.

Morgenster and The Bergkelder (Fleur du Cap) featured strongly with a number of vintages. And under a new label from Uva Mira on the Helderberg is the yet-to-be-released O.T.V. 2013 – total production of fewer than 2000 bottles, for which the proprietors feel justified in charging R600 a bottle.

See below for the wines scored 90-plus, with the full tasting report here.

92 – Mvemve Raats de Compostella 2013
92 – Diemersdal Private Collection 2013
91 – Dombeya Fenix 2010 (Haskell)
91 – Fleur du Cap Laszlo 2009 (Bergkelder)
91 – Keets First Verse 2011
91 – Morgenster 2010
91 – Morgenster 2012
90 – Fleur du Cap Laszlo 2008 (Bergkelder)
90 – Overgaauw Tria Corda 2012
90 – Thelema Rabelais 2011
90 – Uva Mira O.T.V. 2013