2013 Ultra Liquors Best Value Wine Guide: CE’s top wines

August 28, 2012
by Christian
in Opinion & Analysis
with 3 Comments

The 2013 edition of the Best Value Wine Guide sponsored by Ultra Liquors is now available. In order to be included in the book, wines must firstly sell for not more than R80 a bottle and then had to receive a rating of 2½ Stars or better on being tasted by a panel.

Here are the wines I rated 16 or more on the 20-point scale (judges operated in three panels of three, and therefore I didn’t see all categories):

Cabernet Sauvignon
16/20
Alvi’s Drift 2010

Chardonnay
17/20
Mont Rochelle Unwooded 2010
Pulpit Rock Reserve 2009

16.5/20
Bergsig 2010

16/20
Dieu Donne 2011
Excelsior 2012
Lord’s Barrel Fermented 2010

Desserts
17/20
Lutzville White Muscadel 2010

16.5/20
Du Toitskloof Hanepoot Jerepigo 2012

16/20
Bovlei Winemaker’s Selection Hanepoot Jeripiko N/V
Calitzdorp White Muscat 2010
Kaapzicht Hanepoot Jerepigo 2008
Namaqua White Muscadel N/V
Orange River Cellars White Muscadel 2011
Slanghoek Hanepoot Jerepigo 2012

Natural Sweet
16.5/20
Perdeberg Weisser Riesling Reserve 2010

Port
18/20
KWV Classic Cape Tawny

16/20
Bon Courage Cape Vintage 2011

Red blends
17/20
Lace by Almenkerk 2010

16.5/20
Brampton OVR 2010
Cloof The Ruby Darling 2011
Flagstone Longitude 2011
Groot Eiland Shiraz Pinotage 2011

16/20
Creation Whale Pod Syrah Merlot
Doolhof Cape Roan 2010
Du Toitskloof Pinotage Merlot Ruby Cabernet 2011
Stellenbosch Hills Polkadraai Pinotage Merlot 2010

Ruby Cabernet
16.5/20
Orange River Cellars 2011

Sherry
17/20
KWV Classic Full Cream

Full results available from Bestvaluewineguide.com

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3 Comments

  1. MarkOctober 10, 2012 at 7:45 pmReply

    We’re the wines tasted blind?

  2. ChristianAugust 31, 2012 at 9:46 pmReplyAuthor

    Kind of rankles to have to dispense with “Port” and “Sherry” simply to placate the EU but point taken. From now on these terms shall be banished from my blog.

  3. Richard RoweAugust 30, 2012 at 5:53 pmReply

    Curious that you have a “Port” category. Isn’t it time to move on? And Sherry?

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