Capensis considered among world’s best at Chardonnay Masters 2016


Gold medal for the 2013 vintage
Master award for the 2014

NOW THAT’S what we’re talking about! THAT’S how to show it’s worth the asking price!! Winning one of only six Master awards (scored over 95/100) presented after the British Drinks Business magazine’s 2016 Global Chardonnay Masters competition involving some 200 entries from around the world, the 2014 vintage of Capensis also scored highly in the local Chardonnay report earlier in the year. Moreover, Capensis 2013 was awarded gold in the UK taste-off, where the judges are mostly Masters of Wine or Master Sommeliers. An impressive performance from this South African wine that goes for $80 (R1150) a bottle!

Capensis is a joint venture spanning two continents and several regions of the Cape. The team is headed by proprietors Barbara Jackson of Jackson Family Wines in California USA and Antony Beck of Graham Beck Wines in Robertson SA as well as Angela Estate in the US state of Oregon, with Graham Weerts the winemaker and Rosa Kruger managing the vineyards. The grapes come from Stellenbosch, Robertson and the Overberg – we aren’t told which cellar the winemaking is completed at, although you kinda suspect it has to be Beck’s winery in Robertson. And pretty classy label too – artfully combining images of a Springbok, Marula tree, King Protea and Zulu shield.

Gold Medallists at 2016 Global Chardonnay Masters

Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay 2015 – R85pb
Cellar outside Franschhoek

Bouchard Finlayson Missionvale Chardonnay 2014 – R222pb
Cellar in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus

Capensis Chardonnay 2013 (Master award for 2014 vintage) – R1150pb
Cellar location not disclosed

De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2015 – R165pb
Cellar in Panorama, Durbanville Wine Route

De Wetshof Finesse Chardonnay 2015 – R108pb
Cellar in Robertson

Robertson Winery Constitution Road Chardonnay 2014 – R99pb
Cellar in Robertson CBD

Uva Mira The Single Tree Chardonnay 2015 – R495pb
Cellar on Helderberg in Stellenbosch


THE JUDGES: Masters of Wine Michelle Cherutti-Kowal, Miles Corish, Keith Isaac, Jonathan Pedley, Hugo Rose and Patricia Stefanowicz; Master Sommeliers Thomas Chevalier, Christine Parkinson and Alberto Segade; the Drinks Business’s managing editor Patrick Schmitt MW and deputy editor Lucy Shaw.