RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards 2015 results

August 5, 2015
by Christian
in News, Special Projects
with 7 Comments

logoResults of the inaugural RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends as made in South Africa are now out. 85 entries from 64 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of site) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

Wines to rate 90 points or higher were as follows:


Diemersdal Private Collection 2013
Wine Cellar price: R150

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MR de Compostella 2013 – Best Overall
Wine Cellar price: R920

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Dombeya Fenix 2010 – Best Value
Wine Cellar price: R110

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Fleur du Cap Laszlo 2009
Not yet released.

Keet First Verse 2011
Wine Cellar price: R355

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Morgenster 2010
Wine Cellar price: R330

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Morgenster 2012
Not yet released.


Fleur du Cap Laszlo 2008
Price: R360

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Overgaauw Tria Corda 2012
Wine Cellar price: R280

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Thelema Rabelais 2011
Wine Cellar price: R385

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Uva Mira O.T.V. 2013
Wine Cellar price: R635

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As producer of the best wine overall, Bruwer Raats of Mveme Raats won a new 225-litre barrel from Tonnellerie Sylvain.

To read the tasting report in full, download the following: #RisCuraRedHot – Tasting Report

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

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  1. Hennie LouwAugust 13, 2015 at 11:00 amReply

    Ever since I tasted the Fenix, which used to be Altus, was I impressed with it’s value for money. I am selling the 2009 vintage, which is just as good, at R95.00 in my store. Just intrigued to see such high priced wines scoring less than it. Just imagine more producers can create similar value for money wines. It will be selling like cake. Keep it up Rianie.

  2. Johan MalanAugust 12, 2015 at 12:32 pmReply

    Its good to see Stellenbosch taking 7 of the Top 10 positions. Well done to those winemakers. If Cabernet is King, Stellenbosch must be the Kingdom of Cabernet. Not too many years ago Durbanville was part of WO Stellenbosch which would have made it 8/10. It will be interesting to see what happens next year.

  3. joeAugust 7, 2015 at 11:47 amReply

    Good to know. Thanks!

  4. joeAugust 7, 2015 at 4:11 amReply

    I recently drank a bottle of the 2009 Raka Quinary, which I thought was fantastic (lovely fruit, some of the leathery character I like in Cab. blends; no hotness from acid or alcohol after breathing for 10 minutes). Was the 2012 substantially different, or do our tastes just differ dramatically?

    • ChristianAugust 7, 2015 at 11:39 amReplyAuthor

      Hi Joe, We’ve also liked Quinary in previous vintages but the 2012 appears rich and ripe with soft tannins – easy drinking with soft tannins.

  5. Chris WilliamsAugust 6, 2015 at 10:19 amReply

    Hi Christian, To quote from the report” This is a category which often does get maligned for being “green”
    but strangely enough, we found ourselves inclined to rehabilitate the term”.

    That gave me a chuckle! This year marks 20 years since I started working in the South African wine industry as a winemaker (although I had been working in tasting rooms since 1988). If someone told me, in 1995, that concrete tanks, Cinsault, elegant and refined wines would be back in fashion in 2015, I would have been incredulous. I think I have been interested in wine just about long enough to recognize that fashions, fads, techniques, varieties and styles come in and out of fashion in a never ending cycle.The old adage is true, there is nothing new under the Sun, which has always made me reticent to praise, or damn, categorically, anything or any wine because, inevitably my own tastes, and those of the paying public, do change, evolve and recede on an ongoing basis.

    • Hennie MeyerAugust 12, 2015 at 8:55 amReply

      Well said, Chris!

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