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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

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Which SA wines boast best track records? Depends on who you ask!

FROM TIME to time Top Wine SA has fielded queries regarding how the South African Wine & Cellar Classifications compare with the South African Wine Index, which also has to do with good track records. For those who remain curious about the SAWi Wine Excellence Awards or how Top Wine SA’s selection of the country’s Top 100 and the Hall of Fame differ from

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South Africa’s Top 20 wineries vary big time in size, range, location

THE 2017 SA Cellar Classification confirms the ‘who’s who’ of the Cape winelands when it comes to those producers whose wines have been most fancied most often by panels of experts around the world during the 10-year period 2007 to 2016. And in this regard, obviously, the Top 20 outfits overall make for a rather special bunch. In general, the reputation of

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Top 100 South African Wines, Top Wine SA Hall of Fame – 2017 update

CONSIDERING the most highly rated of South Africa’s most successful wines of the last 10 years (2007 to 2016), the country’s strongest suits are not surprising. What might raise eyebrows is that there aren’t more Cap Classique sparkling wines or that there isn’t a single varietal Merlot or Semillon in the 2017 Top 100 SA Wine Classification or Top Wine SA

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2017 SA Wine & Cellar Classifications confirm who’s (still) on top form

BASED ON THE BEST track records in 28 local and international forums for the assessment of wine quality and interest value over the past 10 years, the South African Wine & Cellar Classifications celebrate the country’s leading outfits – those who are regularly on top form, their product judged top-notch again and again, year after year. To be eligible for

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Some wine recommendations mean more than others… Plain and simple!

WINE AWARDS, ratings, reviews, recommendations. They needn’t be complicated or controversial, however it helps to know what you’re dealing with in distinguishing between pretty darn useful, somewhat interesting, and just a waste of time… Some folk get into a froth over whose opinions count most – besides your own that is – and some troubled souls even question whether wines should be rated

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Too much of anything is bad, but too much Cap Classique is just right

“I only drink Champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty” – Lily Bollinger (1899 – 1977), proprietor of French Champagne house

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Top 100 South African wines over the past 10 years – 2016 Classification

THE SA Wine & Cellar Classifications point to the current ‘who’s who’ of the South African winelands – all of the top wines and cellars over the past 10 years, including the very best in each class. Ten years’ tasting results, the best track records, involving the TOP TASTING PANELS, local and international – a pooling of expert opinions about South

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South African Wine & Cellar Classifications 2016 – Top Wine SA

THE SA Wine & Cellar Classifications point to the current ‘who’s who’ of the South African winelands – all of the top wines and cellars over the past 10 years, including the very best in each class. Ten years’ tasting results, the best track records, involving the TOP TASTING PANELS, local and international – a pooling of expert opinions about South

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Top SA Chardonnay at under R100 a bottle – even under R50 a bottle!

WHEN BARGAIN-HUNTING for good South African Chardonnay at under R100 a bottle, generally speaking it pays to look at what’s coming out of the cellars up and down either side of the Breede River, from the top end of the Breedekloof just south of Wolseley, through Rawsonville and Worcester to Robertson and Bonnievale, where Fröhlich Family Wines are among the newcomers

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Plenty of good cellars, top wine ratings aplenty… The best will out!

IT HAPPENS at least once a year that a few wine producers and/or critics whinge on one or other topic relating to wine ratings and awards: about the pros and cons of ‘sighted’ versus ‘blind’ tastings (with or without the labels in view); or the merits and demerits of wines being reviewed by an individual critic versus a panel of

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Top 100 SA Wines 2015: the most highly rated, most frequently praised South African wines over the past 10 years – 2005 to 2014

THE NAMES of South Africa’s top wines in each category are included in the 2015 SA Wine Classifications based on consistently good reviews at blind-tastings conducted by experts locally and around the world. Here is how things stacked up when considering the Top 100 SA wines across all types and varieties over the 10 years 2005 to 2015:   TOP

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2015 Who’s Who of the Cape winelands: South Africa’s Top 50 cellars over the past 10 years, 2005 to 2014, champions all

THE NAMES of South Africa’s unfortified wine producers currently ranked among the Top 100 are included in the 2015 Classification based on consistently good reviews in blind tastings by panels of experts locally and around the globe. Of these, the country’s 50 most successful cellars – led by Kanonkop, Nederburg and Vergelegen – are spotlighted below. Bergkelder (Fleur du Cap) –

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Champions of consistency showcased in 2015 SA Wine & Cellar Classifications – highlights include 18 debutants in Top Wine SA Hall of Fame

BASED ON THE best track records in 26 local and international blind-tasting forums over the past 10 years, the South African Wine & Cellar Classifications celebrate the country’s leading outfits – those who are regularly on top form, their product judged top-notch again and again, year after year. To be eligible for the Classification, updated annually since 2004, a wine must

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First came Estate Wines, then came Single Vineyard Wines – some of which are better than others, registered or not

IF YOU ARE into South African ‘Wine of Origin’, micro climates, soil types, grape clones, et al, then the advent of the country’s Single Vineyard Wine was one of the best things to come along since the concept of Estate Wine took a knock when the laws were relaxed some years back. There have been many SA wine drinkers who’ve been

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Top 100 SA wines in 2014 – South Africa’s most consistently good wines over the past 10 years (best track records)

THERE’S BEEN much talk again of late about the Top 100 SA Wines and The Cape’s Top 20 Wineries of 2014 – the chatter about South Africa’s Top 100 wines prompted by a selection of various vintages of various types of wine based on the outcome of a local challenge involving some 490 competition entries, and the debate as to the country’s

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CLASSIFIED SHOPPING LIST: prices of the top SA red blends with the best track records over the past 10 years

ALL OF THE South African wines below are included in the latest SA Red Blend Classification, with those having the very best track records highlighted and the listing limited to wines whose accolades include very good reviews in 2013/14. Prices are for the latest releases/vintages to be rated – rands per standard 750ml bottle and ex-cellar in most instances (approximate retail prices

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CLASSIFIED SHOPPING LIST: the prices of the top Pinotages with the best track records over the past 10 years

ALL OF THE South African wines below are included in the latest Pinotage Classification, with those having the very best track records highlighted and the listing limited to wines whose accolades include very good reviews in 2013/14. Prices are for the latest releases/vintages to be rated – rands per standard 750ml bottle and ex-cellar in most instances (approximate retail prices if the

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CLASSIFIED SHOPPING LIST: prices of the top SA Pinot Noirs with the best track records over the past 10 years

ALL OF THE South African wines below are included in the latest SA Pinot Noir Classification, with those having the very best track records highlighted and the listing limited to wines whose accolades include very good reviews in 2013/14. Prices are for the latest releases/vintages to be rated – rands per standard 750ml bottle and ex-cellar in most instances (approximate retail prices

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CLASSIFIED SHOPPING LIST: prices of the top SA Merlots with the best track records over the past 10 years

ALL OF THE South African wines below are included in the latest SA Merlot Classification, with those having the very best track records highlighted and the listing limited to wines whose accolades include very good reviews in 2013/14. Prices are for the latest releases/vintages to be rated – rands per standard 750ml bottle and ex-cellar in most instances (approximate retail prices if

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