Yesterday, I judged the third annual Wellington Wine Route Quest for the Best, an exercise put on by the ward itself to access winemaking strengths and weaknesses. 78 wines were entered and screening was done by local winemakers, 46 wines were put forward to an outside 5-person panel chaired by Christine Rudman CWM. The competition was open to all producers although some (such as Dunstone and Mischa) were conspicuous by their absence.
Best museum class white and best wine overall went to Welbedacht Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2005. Still youthful, it was intensely flavoured with notes of citrus and bee’s wax. Pure fruit upfront before a long, savoury finish and I scored it 17/20.
Other winners were:
Best white: Doolhof Cape Eagle Chardonnay 2010
Best Shiraz, best red: Wellington Wines La Cave Shiraz 2010
Best Chenin Blanc: Douglas Green Chenin Blanc 2012
Best value white (for a wine selling for R40 or under): Napier Lion Creek Sauvignon Blanc Chein Blanc 2012 (R36)
Best value red (for a wine selling for R55 or under): Doolhof Cape Boar 2010 (R44 a bottle)
Awards for Chenin Blanc and Shiraz as these are seen as Wellington’s strong suites.