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South Africa’s top Merlot ratings in 2013 as well as the best Merlot at under R100 a bottle – the experts’ choice

AS IN MANY previous years, there were slim pickings when it came to the very top SA Merlot in 2013… Only the following wines achieved really outstanding reviews from the judges at blind-tastings in 2013: TOP SOUTH AFRICAN MERLOT RATINGS IN 2013 De Grendel 2010 – Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards Eagles’ Nest 2009 – Double Gold Medal at

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Wonderful whites: all the top-rated SA blends in 2012

WHITE BLENDS to rival the best in the world, the experts’ choice, top South African wines on the basis of authoritative reviews around the globe in 2012 – with Cape Point, Miles Mossop, Tokara and Vergelegen among the premier league regulars, plus some new names on the radar: AA Badenhorst 2010 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide Allée Bleue Isabeau 2011 – Top 100 SA

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South Africa’s top red blends in 2012 – experts’ choice

THE STAND-OUT red blends, the best reviews of the year from around the world – and mostly premium-priced, with only seven under R100 a bottle (highlighted below), 38 ranging between R100 and R200pb, 26 between R200 and R300pb, eight between R300 and R400pb, and eight ranging between R450 and R725 per bottle: AA Badenhorst 2009 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

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Top Pinotage in 2012 – experts’ choice around the world

THE STAND-OUT Pinotage wines, the best reviews of the year when it comes to South Africa’s most successful ‘indigenous’ variety – with Rijk’s heading up a select group of multi award winners including Bellingham, Diemersdal, Durbanville Hills, Kaapzicht, Simonsig, Spier, the Swartland Winery and Windmeul: Allée Bleue 2009 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection Altydgedacht 2011 – winner in Top 10 Pinotage Competition Bellingham

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South Africa’s top Pinot Noir in 2012 – the experts’ choice

THE STAND-OUT Pinot Noir from South Africa, the best reviews from around the world – and as per usual there’s only a very select group of cellars in the Cape that can muster something very special from this ‘heartbreak’ grape: Bouchard Finlayson Tete de Cuvee Galpin Peak 2009 – gold medal at Five Nations Challenge Chamonix Reserve 2010 – trophy at Decanter

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South Africa’s top Merlot in 2012 – the experts’ choice

THE STAND-OUT Merlot from South Africa, the best reviews of the year – and how particularly outstanding these are, given the difficulty in producing top quality single-varietal Merlot as opposed to using it in blends. In fact, up to 15% of a so-called single-varietal wine can comprise a variety or varieties other than that which the wine is sold as…

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South Africa’s top Cabernet in 2012 – the experts’ choice

THE STAND-OUT Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa, the best reviews of the year – from particularly good value wines including Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection, Dieu Donné and Tokara, to Cabs made at the Cederberg Private Cellar and Stark-Condé in the Jonkershoek Valley that have come under the spotlight again and again and again: Cederberg 2009 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection Cederberg Five Generations

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