Cape White Blend Report 2016

November 15, 2016
by Christian
in News, Special Projects
with 3 Comments

logoWinemag.co.za is pleased to present the inaugural Cape White Blend Report – in order to be eligible, wines had to contain a Chenin Blanc component of more than 15% and less than 85%.

43 entries from 36 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

Wines to rate 90 or higher on the 100-point quality scale were as follows:

95
Lammershoek Terravinum Reserve White 2015

94
DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2014
Muratie Laurens Campher Blended White 2015

92
Blake’s Family Wines Tourmaline 2015
DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2015
Leipzig White 2015
Piekenierskloof Heirloom White 2015
Thorne and Daughters Rocking Horse 2015

91
Darling Cellars Lime Kilns 2015
Painted Wolf Peloton Blanc 2014
Val du Charron Four White Legs 2015
The Fledge & Co. Vagabond 2015

90
Springfontein Limestone Rocks Dark Side of The Moon 2014
Vondeling Babiana 2013

To read the tasting report in full, download the following: Cape White Blend Report 2016

To view a photo album of the awards function, CLICK HERE.

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  1. Dana BuysNovember 16, 2016 at 7:51 amReply

    Its interesting to look at the results for this first time tasting Christian. The top scoring wines are mainly Chenin, Viognier and/or Marsanne blends from warm to hot areas.
    Much more in your face styles than you would get from the cooler climates where I would expect the wines to be more subtle and elegant?
    Like comparing apples and oranges ?
    The white blend with Chenin as important component is a diverse and broad category.

    • ChristianNovember 17, 2016 at 6:24 amReplyAuthor

      Hi Dana, I certainly don’t want to be seen to be driving the category in any particular stylistic direction and my main motivation for undertaking the tasting was to help formalise the debate around the category a bit more. The wines are causing a lot of excitement among the critics but remain a difficult sell by all accounts – some focus is needed if the category is going to succeed in the long term.

      • Dana BuysNovember 17, 2016 at 8:32 am

        Thx Christian. It is an interesting category for sure but nearly as broad as ‘dry white’
        Sales wise we have found our WM to do very well. It seems to find most favour with wine lovers who enjoy a fresher style of white wine, that is easy to enjoy by itself, food friendly and more ‘interesting’ / complex than a sauvblanc.
        Key for such a broad range of wines is the opportunity for wine lovers to taste them and let them decide what they like, as the diversity makes it a lucky dip otherwise!!

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