Fairview, Rustenberg and Saronsberg dominate at Shiraz Challenge
THE CEDERBERG Private Cellar, KWV and Fairview of Paarl, Eagles’ Nest of Constantia and Saronsberg of Tulbagh have the best track records at the Shiraz SA Challenge since its inception in 2013. At the 2017 edition, all triumphed once again, with Rustenberg of Stellenbosch also sharing the limelight as one of three cellars to earn a couple of trophies on the day.
Moreover, Rustenberg, Cederberg, Eagles’ Nest and Saronsberg are all among the Top 10 in the 2017 SA Shiraz Classification. Talk about a solid set of results! And it’s remarkable that top SA Shiraz continues to come from various regions and districts – also including Durbanville (D’Aria), Elim (Strandveld) and Bot River (Wildekrans).
There were 220 entries in the competition. On the jury: Cape Wine Master Andy Roediger (chair), international judge Claus Fischer (Germany), Master of Wine Cathy van Zyl, cellarmasters Charles Hopkins (De Grendel) and Edmund Terblanche (La Motte), Taj Hotel sommelier Pearl Oliver and wine writer/editor Samarie Smit (Die Burger). For more information see here.
TOP 12 SA SHIRAZ WINES IN 2017 CHALLENGE
Cederberg Shiraz 2015
D’Aria The Soprano Shiraz 2015
Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2014
Fairview The Beacon Shiraz 2014
Fairview Swartland Shiraz 2014
Flagstone Dark Horse Shiraz 2013
KWV Cathedral Cellar Shiraz 2015
La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2015
Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof Syrah 2015
Saronsberg Shiraz 2015
Strandveld Syrah 2013
Wildekrans Barrel Select Reserve Shiraz 2015
TOP 3 BLENDS IN 2017 SHIRAZ SA CHALLENGE
Bellingham The Bernard Series SMV 2014
Rustenberg Stellenbosch RM Nicholson 2015
Saronsburg Full Circle 2015