Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2015 winners

August 28, 2015
by Christian
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Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2015 logoResults of the second annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, are now out. There were 145 entries in total and the winning wines are as follows:

Aeternitas Wines 2010
Price: R120

Boutinot Tea Leaf 2014
Price: R74

DeMorgenzon Reserve 2014
Price: R210

KWV Cathedral Cellar 2014
Price: R85

L’Avenir Single Block 2014
Price: R195

Leopard’s Leap Wines Culinaria Collection 2014
Price: R70

Perdeberg Winery The Dry Land Collection Barrel Fermented 2014
Price: R77

Simonsig Chenin Avec Chêne 2014
Price: R115

Spier 21 Gables 2014
Price: R139

Stellenrust 49 Barrel Fermented 2013
Price: R130

To read the tasting report in full, download the following: Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2015 results


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  1. ChristianSeptember 7, 2015 at 12:33 pmReplyAuthor

    Hi Ryan, The competition rules state: “A minimum amount of 125 cases x 6 (750 bottles) of each wine entered must be available at the cellar from the date of entry in the competition until the results are announced on 28 August 2015.” I understand that Boutinot gave their word to the organisers that they were able to meet this requirement.

    There is also an obligation to supply stock to the sponsor and to a trade partner, the winning wines to come available as a branded 10-pack for sale in due course.

    As this is a local competition, it might seem curious that producers would choose to enter a wine largely intended for export but that is their prerogative and not something that the Chenin Blanc Association controls.

  2. Ryan SowraySeptember 7, 2015 at 11:04 amReply

    On reading the rules of entry for the Chenin Blanc challenge they note that the winning wines must be ‘available’ at a predefined volume. This being a SA competition entered by SA wines the logical interpretation would be that the wine is available ex cellar and not Canada or Japan etc.

    The Tea Leaf Chenin may be excellent wine but is not available in SA – therefore should not be eligible to be a finalist in this challenge.

    If these results have been audited surely this issue should have been noticed?

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