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Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2014 winners

StdBankCheninBlanc logoResults of the inaugural Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, are now out. There were 126 entries in total and the winning wines are as follows:

Bellingham The Old Orchard’s 2013
Cellar door price: R95

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2013
Cellar door price: R141

KWV The Mentors 2012
Cellar door price: R160

Perdeberg The Dry Land Collection Barrel Fermented 2013
Cellar door price: R73

Remhoogte Honeybunch Reserve 2013
Cellar door price: R150

Rijk’s Cellars Private Cellar 2009
Cellar door price: R130

Simonsig Chenin Avec Chêne 2010
Cellar door price: R110

Spier Woolworths Private Collection 2013
Woolworths price: R109.95

Stellenrust 2014
Cellar door price: R44

Villiera Traditional Barrel Fermented 2014
Cellar door price: R94.50

To read the tasting report in full, download the following: Tasting report

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show vs Platter’s

Caroline's Fine Wine Cellar

Last night I presented a tasting on behalf of Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar in Constantia in comparing wines that had won gold at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show with wines to have rated 5 Stars in Platter’s. The line-up as follows: Delaire Graff … [Continue reading]

Niepoort Coche 2011


When visiting Portugal earlier in the year courtesy of Amorim Cork, I was impressed with the quality of the Douro white blends. They reminded me in broad terms of some our top-end Chenin-based blends and together with Amorim’s managing director in … [Continue reading]

Cape Point Vineyards Noble Late Harvest 2011


Lunch on Friday at the Cape Point Vineyards restaurant where chef Clayton Bell previously of Constantia Uitsig now cooks. During our meal, winemaker Duncan Savage shared some thoughts on Sauvignon Blanc: “It’s is one of the most commercially … [Continue reading]

Diemersdal Shiraz 2013


Supper last night at The Local Grill in Woodstock, an affiliate of Parktown North operation that has won the The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships two years running. My Greenfields free-range 300g sirloin with shoestring chips (R169) and Bearnaise … [Continue reading]

Wildehurst Veloblanc 2013


Chris and Joanne Hurst established a garden vineyard in Swartland village of Koringberg in the mid-2000s and first made wine under the Wildehurst label in 2009.  Members of the Swartland Independent organisation, they’ve subsequently launched a … [Continue reading]