Top SA Wine Ratings in October 2017 – and ‘best value’ reviews

SHEW! October 2017 has been a month of South Africa’s Veritas Awards and the Six Nations Wine Challenge, the SA Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition, the Perold Cape Blend and Pinotage Rosé taste-offs, Winemag’s SA Chardonnay Report and the Ultra Value Wine Challenge. The standout laureates over the past few weeks as follows:

Cape West Shiraz Pinotage 2015 (Namaqua)
Top 5 at Perold Awards

Dabar Chardonnay 2016
94/100 on Winemag.co.za

Delaire Graff Banghoek Res Chardonnay 2016
95/100 on Winemag.co.za

Eikendal Chardonnay 2016
95/100 on Winemag.co.za

Evidence Chardonnay 2016 (Julien Schaal)
93/100 on Winemag.co.za

Hartenberg The Eleanor Chardonnay 2015
93/100 on Winemag.co.za

Holden Manz Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016
93/100 on Winemag.co.za

Idiom Cape Blend 2015
Top 5 at Perold Awards

Longridge Chardonnay 2015
93/100 on Winemag.co.za

Lyngrove Platinum Latitude 2015 (Cape Blend)
Top 5 at Perold Awards

Paul Cluver Seven Flags Chardonnay 2016
93/100 on Winemag.co.za

Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2016
95/100 on Winemag.co.za

Simonsig Frans Malan Cape Blend 2015
Top 5 at Perold Awards

Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2015
Vertex Award at Veritas

Stellenrust Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015
Trophy winner at Six Nations

Tokara Reserve Collection Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2016
93/100 on Winemag.co.za

Uva Mira Chardonnay 2016
93/100 on Winemag.co.za

Uva Mira O.T.V. 2014 (Red Blend)
Trophy winner at Six Nations

Windmeul Reserve Cape Blend 2015
Top 5 at Perold Awards

TOP-RATED WHITES UNDER R100

CHARDONNAY

Bergsig Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016
Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay 2016
Dabar Chardonnay 2016
De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2017
Edgebaston Chardonnay 2016
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 2016
KWV Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay 2016
Pulpit Rock Chardonnay Reserve 2015
Simonsig Chardonnay 2014

CHENIN BLANC

Balance Winemaker’s Selection Chenin Blanc 2017 (Overhex)
Darling Cellars Reserve Arum Fields Chenin Blanc 2017
De Wet Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2016
Lyngrove Collection Chenin Blanc 2017
Seven Oaks Chenin Blanc 2017
Spier Chenin Blanc 2017
Spier Ideology Chenin Blanc 2016
Stone White Chenin Blanc 2017 (Stettyn)
Talent & Terroir Chenin Blanc 2017 (Boland)
The Dry Land Collection Braveheart Chenin Blanc 2015 (Perdeberg)

SAUVIGNON BLANC

Bellevue Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Boschendal 1685 Sauvignon Blanc Grande Cuvée 2017
Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Darling Cellars Reserve Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc 2017
De Wet Cellar Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Fairview Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Groot Phesantekraal Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Highlands Road Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Landskroon Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Lord’s Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Maastricht Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Namaqua Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Rietvallei Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Robertson Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2017
South Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Stellenbosch Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Stellenbosch Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Stellenrust Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2017
TSW Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (Trizanne)

NICHE WHITE VARIETIES

Bergsig Gewürztraminer 2017
Neethlingshof Gewürztraminer 2017
Simonsig Gewürztraminer 2017
Villiera Jasmine 2017 (Muscat Ottonel)

WHITE BLENDS

Allée Bleue Starlette Blanc Sauvignon Blanc Chenin Blanc 2017
Alvi’s Drift Reserve CVC 2016
One Formation Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc Grenache Blanc 2017 (Boland)
Van Loveren Daydream Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017
Sixpence Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017 (Opstal)
Spier Creative Block 2 2015

TOP-RATED ROSÉ UNDER R100

Allée Bleue Starlette Shiraz Rosé 2017
Asara Vineyard Collection Pinotage Rosé 2017
Delheim Worth the Journey Pinotage Rosé 2017
Kanonkop Kadette Dry Pinotage Rosé 2017
Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage Rosé 2017
Riebeek Cellars Pinotage Rosé 2017
Rooiberg Pinotage Rosé 2017

TOP-RATED REDS UNDER R100

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

BC Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (Brandvlei)
Flagstone Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Merwida Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

MERLOT

Diemersdal Merlot 2015
Glen Carlou Merlot 2016
Leopard’s Leap Merlot 2016
Robertson Winery Merlot 2017

PINOTAGE

BC Pinotage 2016 (Brandvlei)
Diemersdal Pinotage 2016
Namaqua Pinotage 2016
Welmoed Pinotage 2016 (Stellenbosch Vyds)

SHIRAZ / SYRAH

Alexanderfontein Shiraz 2015 (Ormonde)
BC Shiraz 2016 (Brandvlei)
De Wet Cellar Shiraz 2016
First Sighting Shiraz 2014 (Strandveld)
Splattered Toad Shiraz 2016 (Cape Point)

NICHE RED VARIETIES

Merwida Barbera 2015
Glenelly The Glass Collection Cabernet Franc 2015

RED BLENDS

Alto Rouge 2015

TOP-RATED FORTIFIEDS UNDER R100

DESSERT

Aan de Doorns Muscat d’Alexandrie 2015
Bon Courage White Muscadel 2017
Calitzdorp Cellar Hanepoot NV
McGregor Red Muscadel 2016
Merwida White Muscadel 2017

PORT

Calitzdorp Cellar Cape Ruby NV
Calitzdorp Cellar Cape Vintage 2016
KWV Cape Tawny NV
MWS Cape Ruby 2017

SHERRY

KWV Medium Cream NV

 

 For the prices of all the SA wines rated very good to excellent or better over the past two years, see here.

 

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