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For the record - all the 2015 results

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Spier estate, above, won awards in both the chenin and sauvignon blanc categories.

Keeping records of the top 10 or 20 wines that were judged winners in various categories this year can be useful, even if only to see which of your favourite wines were not placed and to wonder why. Were they entered in the first place? We are unlikely to find out. But, among these winners, I have found names new to me that could be worth following up and adding to our personal lists. 


The second annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge

A total of 145 wines were entered.

Aeternitas Wines 2010 Price: R120

Boutinot Tea Leaf 2014Price: R74

DeMorgenzon Reserve 2014Price: R210

L'Avenir Single Block 2014Price: R195

Leopard's Leap Wines Culinaria Collection 2014Price: R70

Perdeberg Winery The Dry Land Collection Barrel Fermented 2014Price: R77

Simonsig Chenin Avec Chêne 2014Price: R115

Spier 21 Gables 2014Price: R139

Stellenrust 49 Barrel Fermented 2013Price: R130

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FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10

This year’s Top 10 wines, in alphabetical order, are

Cederberg Private Cellar Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Jordan Wine Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sur Lie Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Merwida Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Mooiplaas Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Nederburg Two Centuries Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (wooded)

Overhex Wines Survivor Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (wooded)

Spier 21 Gables Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Uva Mira Sing-a-Wing Sauvignon Blanc 2015



The judging panel for this year’s Absa Top 10 comprised Duimpie Bayly, winemakers Neil Ellis, Fred Viljoen and Corlea Fourie, wine writer Samarie Smit, sommelier Georgio Meletio and viticulturist Stephan Joubert. the Top 10 IN A-Z ORDER


Altydgedacht Landgoed


Altydgedacht Pinotage

Ayama Wines


Ayama Pinotage

Diemersdal Wine Estate


Diemerdal Pinotage Reserve

Flagstone Winery


Flagstone Writer's Block Pinotage

Groot Constantia Wine Estate


Groot Constantia Pinotage

Kanonkop Wynlandgoed


Kanonkop Pinotage

Neethlingshof Estate


Neethlingshof Estate Pinotage

Overhex Wines International


Overhex Wines International Survivor Pinotage

Rijk's Cellars


Rijk's Reserve Pinotage

Windmeul Kelder


Windmeul Pinotage Reserve



Overall winner and best Blanc de Blancs: Altydgedacht all-chardonnay MCC 2013

Best Rose: Louisvale non-vintage

Best blended brut: KWV's Laborie 2010

Best museum class: Pongracz Desiderius 2003




The list of winners in this contest is very lengthy, so here are just a couple of the winners, the rest of which can be found on the website.

Top 5 Estate wines:

  • Neethlingshof Gewurztraminer 2015
  • Groot Constantia Grand Constance 2012
  • Bon Courage Noble Late Harvest 2014
  • Bon Courage White Muscadel 2014
  • Bergsig Cape LBV 2006
  • Novare Trophy for Top Wine Estate
    Bon Courage
    Novare Trophy for Top Terroir Producer
    Nuy Wine Cellar
    Novare Trophy for Top Wine Area
    Nuy Ward
    Novare Trophy for Top 10 Year Achievement Award
    Bon Courage




Top Rosé Wines South Africa 2015
Over 160 wines were entered in this,

the inaugural competition.

Overall winner: Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé 2015


Top 10 rosé wines 

 Arabella Pink Panacea 2015

Brampton Rosé 2015

Eagle’s Cliff Shiraz Rosé 2015

Fat B-d Pinot Noir Rosé 2014

Noble Hill Mourvèdre Rosé 2015

Noble Savage Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2015

Signal Gun Rosé 2015

Slanghoek Vinay Rosé Natural Sweet 2015

Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé 2015

Warwick The First Lady Dry Rosé 2015

Top MCC  Rosé Wines :

 First: Villiera Woolworths Brut Rosé

Second: Klein Optenhorst Pinot Noir 2012 MCC

Third: Plettenvale Brut Rosé MCC             

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