Franschhoek’s Finest: leading wines from valley’s top cellars in 2017

IF YOU’RE contemplating which Franschhoek wineries to buy from, the following have the best track records in the valley over the past 10 years – full SA Wine & Cellar Classifications here.

 

ALLÉE BLEUE
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Chenin Blanc
L’Amour Toujours (Red Blend)
Pinotage

BELLINGHAM
The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah
The Bernard Series Bush Vine Pinotage
The Bernard Series Hand-Picked Viognier
The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc
The Bernard Series Small Barrel SMV (Red Blend)
The Bernard Series Whole Bunch Grenache Blanc Viognier
The Bernard Series Whole Bunch Roussanne

BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF
Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon
Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest
Boekenhoutskloof Syrah
Porcupine Ridge Syrah
The Chocolate Block

BOSCHENDAL
1685 Chardonnay
1685 S&M Shiraz Mourvèdre
1685 Sauvignon Blanc Grande Cuvée
1685 Shiraz
Cecil John Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Cecil John Reserve Shiraz
Chenin Blanc
Elgin Chardonnay
Grande Cuvée Brut (MCC Sparkling)
Grande Reserve (Red Blend)
Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc
Reserve Collection Syrah

CHAMONIX
Chardonnay
Chardonnay Reserve
Greywacke Pinotage
Pinot Noir Reserve
Reserve (White Blend)
Sauvignon Blanc
Troika Reserve (Red Blend)

COLMANT
Brut Chardonnay NV (MCC Sparkling)

DIEU DONNÉ
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Shiraz

FRANSCHHOEK CELLAR
Our Town Hall Unoaked Chardonnay
Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyards Semillon
Vineyards Shiraz

GLENWOOD
Grand Duc Chardonnay
Vigneron’s Selection Chardonnay

GRANDE PROVENCE
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc
The Grande Provence Red

HOLDEN MANZ
Big G (Red Blend)

LA MOTTE
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Millennium (Red Blend)
Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc
Pierneef Syrah Viognier
Syrah

LA PETITE FERME
Merlot

MÔRESON
Magia (Red Blend)
Mercator Chardonnay
Solitaire Blanc de Blancs NV (MCC Sparkling)

RICKETY BRIDGE
Rickety Bridge Paulina’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Rickety Bridge Shiraz

SOLMS-DELTA
Amalie (White Blend)

STONY BROOK
Ghost Gum (Cabernet Sauvignon)

 

TOP FRANSCHHOEK VINTAGES IN 2017, 2016

Allée Bleue Brut Rosé 2014 (MCC)
Allée Bleue Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013
Allée Bleue Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014
Allée Bleue Chenin Blanc 2014
Allée Bleue Chenin Blanc 2015
Allée Bleue L’Amour Toujours 2012 (Red Blend)
Allée Bleue L’Amour Toujours 2013 (Red Blend)
Allée Bleue Pinotage 2015
Allée Bleue Shiraz 2014
Allée Bleue Starlette Shiraz Rosé 2016

Bellingham Chardonnay 2015
Bellingham Chardonnay 2016
Bellingham Chenin Blanc 2016
Bellingham Pinotage 2015
Bellingham Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Bellingham Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Bellingham Shiraz 2014
Bellingham Shiraz 2015
Bellingham Strawberry Rosé 2016 (Woolworths)
Bellingham Strawberry Rosé 2017 (Woolworths)
Bellingham The Bernard Series Barrel Fermented M.M.M. 2015 (Red Blend)
Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2014
Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2015
Bellingham The Bernard Series Bush Vine Pinotage 2014
Bellingham The Bernard Series Bush Vine Pinotage 2015
Bellingham The Bernard Series Hand-Picked Viognier 2017
Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2015
Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2016
Bellingham The Bernard Series Organic Syrah 2012
Bellingham The Bernard Series Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel SMV 2013 (Red Blend)
Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel SMV 2014 (Red Blend)
Bellingham The Bernard Series Whole Bunch Grenache Blanc Viognier 2014
Bellingham The Bernard Series Whole Bunch Grenache Blanc Viognier 2015
Bellingham The Bernard Series Whole Bunch Roussanne 2015
Bellingham The Bernard Series Whole Bunch Roussanne 2016
Bellingham The Bernard Series Whole Bunch Roussanne 2017
Bellingham The Old Orchards Chenin Blanc 2016

Boekenhoutskloof CWG Auction Reserve Syrah 2014
Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest 2013
Boekenhoutskloof Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Boekenhoutskloof Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2013
Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2014
Bohoek Semillon 2015 (Boekenhoutskloof)

Boschendal 1685 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay 2015
Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay 2016
Boschendal 1685 Merlot 2015
Boschendal 1685 S&M Shiraz Mourvèdre 2014
Boschendal 1685 Sauvignon Blanc Grande Cuvée 2016
Boschendal 1685 Shiraz 2014
Boschendal 1685 Shiraz 2015
Boschendal 1685 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Boschendal Brut NV  (MCC)
Boschendal Brut Rosé NV  (MCC)
Boschendal De Werf 2013 (Red Blend)
Boschendal Elgin Chardonnay 2014
Boschendal Elgin Chardonnay 2015
Boschendal Elgin Pinot Noir 2014
Boschendal Elgin Pinot Noir 2015
Boschendal Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Boschendal Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Boschendal Grande Cuvée Brut 2012 (MCC)
Boschendal Grande Cuvée Brut 2013 (MCC)
Boschendal Jean Le Long Prestige Cuvée Blanc de Blancs 2007 (MCC)
Boschendal Lanoy 2014 (Red Blend)
Boschendal Lanoy 2015 (Red Blend)
Boschendal Larone Shiraz Mourvèdre 2014
Boschendal Rachelsfontein Chenin Blanc 2015
Boschendal Rachelsfontein Chenin Blanc 2016
Boschendal Reserve Collection Vin d’Or 2015 (375ml)
Boschendal Sommelier Selection Chenin Blanc 2015
Boschendal Sommelier Selection Chenin Blanc 2016
Boschendal Sommelier Selection Pinotage 2014
Boschendal Sommelier Selection Pinotage 2015
Boschendal Sommelier Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Boschendal The Pavillion Chenin Blanc 2015
Boschendal The Pavillion Chenin Blanc 2016
Boschendal The Pavillion Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Boschendal The Rose Garden Rosé 2016

Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay 2015 (A Rupert)

Chamonix Chardonnay 2015
Chamonix Chardonnay Reserve 2015
Chamonix Reserve 2014 (White Blend)
Chamonix Troika Reserve 2014 (Red Blend)
Chamonix Troika Reserve 2015 (Red Blend)
Chamonix Unoaked Chardonnay 2016

Colmant Brut Chardonnay NV  (MCC)
Colmant Brut Reserve NV  (MCC)

Dieu Donné Blanc de Blancs 2012 (MCC)
Dieu Donné Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Dieu Donné Merlot 2013
Dieu Donné Noble Late Harvest 2015 (375ml)
Dieu Donné Shiraz 2014

Franschhoek Cellar Baker Station Shiraz 2015
Franschhoek Cellar Our Town Hall Unoaked Chardonnay 2015
Franschhoek Cellar Our Town Hall Unoaked Chardonnay 2016
Franschhoek Cellar Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Franschhoek Cellar The Churchyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Franschhoek Cellar The Churchyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Franschhoek Vineyards Semillon 2014 (Franschhoek Cellar)
Franschhoek Vineyards Shiraz 2011 (Franschhoek Cellar)
Franschhoek Vineyards Shiraz 2014 (Franschhoek Cellar)

GlenWood Grand Duc Chardonnay 2014
GlenWood Grand Duc Chardonnay 2015
GlenWood Grand Duc Noblesse NV  (Noble Late Harvest)
GlenWood Grand Duc Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016
GlenWood Vigneron’s Selection Chardonnay 2015
GlenWood Vigneron’s Selection Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015
GlenWood Vigneron’s Selection Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016

Grande Provence Chardonnay 2014
Grande Provence Pinot Noir 2014
Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc 2015
The Grande Provence White 2014
The Grande Provence White 2015

Haut Espoir Gentle Giant 2009 (Red Blend)
Haut Espoir Gentle Giant 2010 (Red Blend)
Haut Espoir Gentle Giant 2012 (Red Blend)
Haut Espoir Shiraz 2007
Haut Espoir Shiraz 2008
Haut Espoir Shiraz 2011

Holden Manz Big G 2012 (Red Blend)
Holden Manz Big G 2013 (Red Blend)
Holden Manz Cabernet Franc 2014
Holden Manz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Holden Manz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Holden Manz Chardonnay 2015
Holden Manz Chardonnay 2016
Holden Manz Merlot 2013
Holden Manz Shiraz 2012
Holden Manz Syrah 2013
Holden Manz Syrah 2014
Holden Manz Visionaire 2012 (Red Blend)
Holden Manz Visionaire 2013 (Red Blend)

La Bri Affinity 2013 (Red Blend)
La Bri Affinity 2014 (Red Blend)
La Bri Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
La Bri Chardonnay 2007
La Bri Chardonnay 2015
La Bri Syrah 2013

La Chataigne Semillon 2014

La Couronne Chardonnay 2014
La Couronne Merlot Rosé 2017
La Couronne Unwooded Chardonnay 2015

La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
La Motte Chardonnay 2015
La Motte Millennium 2014 (Red Blend)
La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2015
La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2016
La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2014
La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2015
La Motte Syrah 2014
La Motte Woolworths Grand Rouge 2015

Le Lude Agrafé 2012 (MCC)
Le Lude Brut NV  (MCC)
Le Lude Rosé NV  (MCC)
Le Lude Vintage Cuvée 2012 (MCC)

Leopard’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Leopard’s Leap Chenin Blanc 2016
Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Chenin Blanc 2015
Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Chenin Blanc 2016
Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Grand Vin 2014 (Red Blend)
Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Grand Vin 2015 (Red Blend)
Leopard’s Leap Merlot 2015

Lynx Cabernet Franc 2015
Lynx Viognier 2015

Môreson ¶ Not Age 2014 (Red Blend)
Môreson Cabernet Franc 2014
Môreson Magia 2013 (Red Blend)
Môreson Mata Mata 2015 (Cabernet Sauvignon)
Môreson Mercator Chardonnay 2013
Môreson Mercator Chardonnay 2014
Môreson MKM 2015 (Pinotage)
Môreson Mercator Chardonnay 2015
Môreson The Widow Maker Pinotage 2015

My Wyn Cabernet Franc 2013
My Wyn Cabernet Franc 2014

Porcupine Ridge Chardonnay 2015 (Boekenhoutskloof)
Porcupine Ridge Shiraz 2016 (Boekenhoutskloof)
Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2014 (Boekenhoutskloof)
Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2016 (Boekenhoutskloof)
Porcupine Ridge Viognier Grenache Blanc 2015 (Boekenhoutskloof)

Rickety Bridge Blanc de Blancs 2012 (MCC)
Rickety Bridge Chardonnay 2016
Rickety Bridge Paulina’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Rickety Bridge Paulina’s Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015
Rickety Bridge Paulina’s Reserve Semillon 2014
Rickety Bridge Pinotage 2015
Rickety Bridge Shiraz 2013
Rickety Bridge The Foundation Stone Red 2014
Rickety Bridge The Foundation Stone Rosé 2016
Rickety Bridge The Foundation Stone White 2016
The Bridge 2014 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Rickety Bridge)

Solms Delta Amalie 2014 (White Blend)
Solms Delta Hiervandaan 2014 (Red Blend)

Stony Brook Ghost Gum 2012 (Cabernet Sauvignon)
Stony Brook Ghost Gum White 2015

The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier 2016 (Boekenhoutskloof)
The Wolftrap Viognier Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc 2016 (Boekenhoutskloof)

Topiary Rosé 2016

 

• For all top SA wine ratings during the past two years, see here.

 

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