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Top 100 SA Wines 2014 results

Top 100 SA Wines

The Top 100 SA Wines competition, now in its fourth year, attracted 491 entries up 15% on 2013. Le Riche Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon won a "Wine Consistency Award", the only wine to feature among the winners in each of the four tastings to … [Continue reading]

Raats Cabernet Franc 2011


True elegance is rare when it comes to South African reds but the Cabernet Franc 2011 from Raats Family Wines (R350 a bottle) pulls this off in emphatic fashion. Grapes from granite-soil vineyards in Stellenbosch for extra freshness, the wine … [Continue reading]

Mvemve Raats MR de Compostella 2012

Destroyer of worlds.

SA’s best wine producers suffer from a “country discount” – what's in the bottle doesn’t demand anything near the same price of a comparable wine from an international competitor. Adopting prestige pricing (selling your wine for R500 a bottle and … [Continue reading]

Amatra Chenin Blanc 2013

Tracking upwards.

Big jump in quality from the maiden vintage 2012 to the 2013 of the Amatra Chenin Blanc as made by Catherine Marshall from Elgin grapes. Whereas the 2012 was ultimately a bit plain (see here) the 2013 shows the benefits of a winemaker getting to know … [Continue reading]

The High Road Classique 2010

As the name suggests.

Do different wine competitions apply different aesthetics when it comes to deciding which wines get rewarded? You bet they do. The flagship Director’s Reserve 2010 from Stellenbosch négociant label The High Road won double gold at Veritas last year … [Continue reading]

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 1999


The South African Sommelier Association is set to become a significant force when it comes to shaping the debate around fine wine in South Africa if its monthly tastings are anything to go by – I signed up as a “Wine Enthusiast” member earlier in the … [Continue reading]