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2011 Ultra Liquors Best Value Wine Guide: CE’s top wines

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Best Value Cover Low ResThe 2011 Ultra Liquors Best Value Wine Guide compiled by Wine magazine features wines selling at a maximum of R60 a bottle.  There were 969 wines submitted for potential inclusion in the guide, of which 419 achieved the necessary rating of 2½ Stars or better.  That’s still a lot of wine to choose from so here are the wines I rated 16 or more on the 20-point scale (judges operated in two panels of three, and therefore I didn’t see all categories):

Bordeaux-style red blends

16/20
Flamingo Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 (Darling Cellars price: R28.00)
Overgaauw Sheperd’s Cottage Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008 (R39.00)
Perdeberg Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 (R31.00)
Secret Cellar Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot Selection Non-vintage (Ultra Liquors price: R29.99)

Cabernet Sauvignon

16/20
Waterstone Sonata 2007 (R28.62)

Chenin Blanc

17.5/20
Koelenbosch Houtverouderd 2009  (Koelenhof price: R35.00)

17/20
Boland Five Climates 2010 (R27.00)
Pecan Stream 2010 (Waterford price: R38.99)
Stellar Organics 2010 (R19.95)

16/20
Babylon’s Peak 2010 (R32.00)
David Frost Signature Series 2009 (Perdeberg price: R27.50)
Ken Forrester Petit 2010 (R33.00)
Nelson’s Creek 2010 (R40.00)

Pinotage

16/20
Landskroon 2008 (R40.00)
Oddbin’s Bin 325 2009 (R44.99)
Slanghoek Private Selection 2007 (R34.00)

Rosé

16/20
Avontuur Vintner’s Blend 2010 (R48.00)

Semi-sweet (various)

16/20
Bottelary Semi-Sweet 2009 (from Chenin Blanc) (R25.00)
Simonsig Gewürztraminer 2010 (R42.00)
Swartland Bukettraube Natural Sweet 2010 (R26.00)

White blends

17/20
Perdeberg Reserve Chardonnay Viognier 2009 (R36.50)

16/20
Arnitson Bay Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010 (R31.00)
Boschendal The Pavillion Blanc 2009 (R29.99)
Flagstone Noon Gun 2009 (R37.00)
Kumala Zenith Chenin Blanc Chardonnay 2010 (R28.00)
Perdeberg Reserve Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009 (R36.50)

Free copy of the guide available with the November issue of Wine magazine on sale from 25 October. For more details, see here.

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    • I wasn’t on that panel. Encountered it for the first time at the awards ceremony at Joostenberg on Friday. Just discovered I scored the Arabella Viognier 2010 15.5 when tasting it blind so pleased Istill liked it when I had it sighted!

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