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Best SA white and red of 2010: the people’s choice

What value in the wisdom of crowds?
What value in the wisdom of crowds?

It’s that time of year when “Best of” lists prevail prompting me to ask the question on Facebook and Twitter as to your best SA white and red wine of the year. Over 40 people have voted so far, providing some interesting insights along the way.

Most popular category out of the whites was blends with 45% of the vote followed by Chenin Blanc with 29% of the vote, while most popular red category was Shiraz with 27% of the vote followed by blends and Pinot Noir which both got 22% of the vote.

Obviously, the sample involved here is too small to be statistically valid plus what must also be accepted is that those who participated would all have a relatively high involvement in the subject of wine. Even so, if you’ve ever wondered about the target market for multi-varietal oxidative white blends then it seems safe to conclude that a good proportion of it is made up by thirty-something hipsters with smart phones.

Below are the wines nominated (vintages not always supplied):

Best white of 2010
Ataraxia Chardonnay 2008
Badenhorst Family Wines White (x2)
Bartinney Chardonnay
Buitenverwachtign Husseys Vlei Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2009 (x2)
Cederberg Chenin Blanc
Chamonix Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2008
Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc
Creation Viognier
De Wetshof Limelight Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2010
Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Chenin Blanc 2009
Eagles’ Nest Viognier 2009
Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay (x2)
Kanu Chenin Blanc Reserve 2002
Ken Forrester The FMC (x2)
KWV Mentors Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009
Lammershoek Roulette Blanc (x2)
Lismore Viognier
Nederburg Ingenuity White 2009 (x2)
Mullineux Family Wines White
Nitida Coronata Integration 2009
Rall White 2008
Reyneke Woolworths “W” Chenin Blanc 2009
Rudera De Tradisie Chenin Blanc 20009
Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2007
Sadie Family Wines Palladius 2009 (x2)
Saskia 2009
Springfontein Jil’s Dune Chenin  Blanc 2008
Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2007
Stellenrust Chenin Blanc (x2)
Trizanne Signature Wines Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009 (x2)
Vinum Chenin Blanc 2008
Waterkloof Circle of Life White 2009

Best red of 2010
Anthonij Rupert Cabernet Franc 2006
Belfields Magnifica Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Boekenhoutskloof Syrah
Buitenverwachting Christine 2007
Catherine Marshall Pinot Noir
Creation Pinot Noir
Crystallum Cuvée Cinéma Pinot Noir 2008
Crystallum Cuvée Cinéma Pinot Noir 2008
Eagles’ Nest Shiraz
Felicité Pinot Noir
Grangehurst Pinotage 2001
Haskell Aeon 2008 (x2)
Haskell IV 2007 (x2)
Haskell Pillars 2008 (x3)
Hazendal Cabernet Sauvignon 1954
Hermit on the Hill Red Knight
Jordan Cobblers Hill 2005
Kanonkop Pinotage
KWV Mentors Canvas 2008
Laibach Ladybird
Le Riche CWG Auction Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2005
Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon
Mullineux Family Wines Syrah (x2)
Muratie Cabernet Sauvignon
Nativo Red  2007
Newton Johnson Domaine Pinot Noir 2009 (x2)
Oak Valley Pinot Noir 2008
Rijk’s Estate The Master 2007
Sadie Family Wines Columella 2007 (x2)
Shannon Mount Bullet Merlot 2008
Sijnn 2007
Stark-Condé Three Pines Syrah
Sumaridge Pinot Noir
Tamboerskloof Syrah 2006
Vriesenhof Bin 115 Pinot Noir 2005
Warwick Blue Lady Blue Lady N/V
Zonnebloem Pinotage 1974

If you have yet to vote, feel free to do so by posting a comment below.


  1. Another vote for Bartinney. Sadly the best things never stay hidden gems for long…for now, Bartinney’s Chardonnay is certainly the best hidden gem in South Africa.

  2. What a fantastic list!

    If there are any restaurant people reading this post, it would be a great way to start compiling a restaurant wine list from the wines above. In fact it would be an excellent addition to any food establishment!

    Heaps of Swirls!

  3. never heard of bartinney chardonnay!  How about Kleine Zalze bush vines chenin blanc & Kleine Zalze gamay noir (red) yum….oh and don’t forget Altydgedacht Barbera – you south africans need to lose your addiction to Shiraz – especially in the summer for goodness sakes! And I am a ambassador for neither wine!

  4. Ah, the manipulative power of social media! I wonder if people reading this will respond positively or negatively to the brand involved after this ‘sting’?

  5. I don’t understand what the fuss is about. Surely there are better Chardonnays on offer? I haven’t tasted it myself but I think if this wine was any good it would’ve done better in the respected John Platter guide? 4 Stars might not be bad but they way the supporters carry on one would think this wine was converted from water to wine by the big Man himself.


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