The Bordeaux region in the southwest of France is famous for its red blends, the best of which have the ability to mature with benefit for many years in bottle. The two grape varieties that feature most prominently are austere Cabernet Sauvignon and fleshy Merlot, although Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot also play a role. The style has been imitated around the world and South Africa is no exception.
Sixty entries were received from 45 producers for this year’s competition. Twenty Five wines were rated 90 or higher on the 100-point quality scale and these were recognised during an event held at Cape Town Hotel School Restaurant, Granger Bay Campus in Mouille Point on Wednesday, 6 June.
Wines to rate 90 or higher on the 100-point quality scale were as follows:
Thelema Rabelais 2013
MR de Compostella 2014
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Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2013
Holden Manz Big G 2013
Rustenberg John X Merriman 2015
Simonsig Tiara 2011
Allée Bleue Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014
Beyerskloof Field Blend 2013
Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2014
Laibach The Ladybird 2015
Longridge Ekliptika 2014
Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2014
Muratie Ansela van de Caab 2013
Rustenberg John X Merriman 2014
Spier Creative Block 5 2014
Zorgvliet Richelle 2015
Allée Bleue L'Amour Toujours 2013
Creation Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot 2015
Knorhoek Pantère 2014
La Vierge Nymphomane 2015
Villiera Monro Red 2013
Vriesenhof Kallista 2011
Vondeling Philosophie 2015
Thelema, as the producer of the wine judged best overall won a new 300-litre Selection barrel worth €860 (equivalent to R12 355 at the current exchange rate) from Tonnellerie Sylvain.
To read the report in full, go to Winemag.co.za.
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