Firstly, we have a new sponsor in the form of Derek Prout-Jones, a private investor and wine enthusiast and better known as “DPJ” (Twitter handle: @DPJ1963). A long-time friend of the South African wine industry, he is delighted to be involved with this year’s Cabernet Report.
Secondly, we have dispensed with both the 20-point/Five-Star rating system and a “Top 10”. We feel that the 20-point system is too vague and does not provide enough flexibility or comparability and have hence switched over to the 100-point system which is increasingly standard practice around the world.
The “Top 10” meanwhile was an artificial means of conveying the best wines in the line-up – there may be more or less deserving of special attention in any given year. Instead, all wines scoring 90-points or more will now be celebrated.