SA wine industry’s Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group chooses 10 from 169

THE WINNERS of the 2016 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition organised by the South African wine industry’s Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group (SBIG) are from producers in Durbanville (2), Elgin, Hermanus, Noordhoek, Rawsonvile, Somerset West and Stellenbosch (3). Producers of the runners-up are located in Bamboes Bay, Constantia (Tokai), Durbanville (2), Elgin (2) and Stellenbosch (4).

Among the Top 10 stand-outs, Cape Point and Tokara again showed their consistent quality as two of the Cape’s top Sauvignon Blanc cellars over the past 10 years – SA Classification here. Nitida’s winner is a new flagship launched at R280pb under the name of ‘Golden Orb’. And Merwida is the most competitively priced at just over R50 a bottle, with Uitkyk’s top Sauvignon next up at R75pb.

In total, there were 169 wines entered. The panel of judges involved Stellenbosch winery proprietor Neil Ellis as convenor/chair and also included Winemag.co.za’s Christian Eedes, winemakers Wilhelm Pienaar and Narina Cloete as well as Cape Wine Master Winnie Bowman.

2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC TOP 10 COMPETITION WINNERS

Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – R130 pb
Cellar in Elgin.

Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – Sold Out Ex-Cellar
Cellar in Noordhoek, Cape Peninsula

De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – R77 pb
Cellar in Panorama, Durbanville

Hermanuspietersfontein Nr 5 Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – R179 pb
Cellar in Hermanus

Jordan The Outlier Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – R115 pb
Cellar in Stellenbosch Kloof

Ken Forrester Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2015 – R80 pb
Cellar in Helderberg, Somerset West

Merwida Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – R51 pb
Cellar in Rawsonville, Breedekloof

Nitida Golden Orb Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – R280 pb
Cellar in Durbanville

Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – R125 pb
Cellar in Simonsberg-Stellenbosch

Uitkyk Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – R75 pb
Cellar in Simonsberg-Stellenbosch

RUNNERS-UP

Catherine Marshall Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Delaire Graff Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Diemersdal MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Eikendal Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Elgin Vintners Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Fryer’s Cove Bamboes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Jordan Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Phizante Kraal Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Simonsig Sunbird Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Steenberg Woolworths Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2016

 

For all of the SA Sauvignon Blancs highly-rated during the past year or two, together with their prices, click here.

 

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