Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2017 winners

August 23, 2017
by Christian
in News
with 2 Comments

STDB-CHENIN-BLANC-TOP-10-LOGO-(2017)Results of the fourth annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, are now out. There were 136 entries in total and the winning wines are as follows:

Cederberg Five Generations 2015
DeMorgenzon Reserve 2016
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered 2016
Nederburg Heritage Heroes The Anchorman 2016
Perdeberg The Dry Land Collection Courageous Barrel Fermented 2016
Spice Route 2016
Spier 21 Gables 2016
Stellenrust 52 Barrel Fermented 2016
Stellenrust 51 Barrel Fermented  2015
Windmeul Reserve 2016

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  1. ChristianAugust 30, 2017 at 5:19 pmReplyAuthor

    Hi Alan, Winemag.co.za was not involved in this year’s Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge and therefore we don’t know if the Darling Cellars Old Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2016 was even entered.

    What I would say is that while a lot of consumers understandably get frustrated that wine competition results don’t seem to be repeatable, it is actually not a fair expectation of the judges involved. Instead, results should be viewed as valid or not valid in the sense that wines which get recognition should match up to generally shared criteria of quality like complexity, balance and age-worthiness.

  2. alan ramsayAugust 30, 2017 at 1:42 pmReply

    Christian, is there a reason why the Old Bush Vines chenin from Darling, winner of the Harold Eedes trophy among the Old Mutual awards, did not feature among the top ten – or have I missed something? alan

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