Pictured alongside are Conrad and Suzan Vlok of Elim property Strandveld, who have two wines in Wine magazine’s 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, namely First Sighting 2009 (from multiple vineyards and including 9% Semillon) and Strandveld 2010 (single vineyard).
Neil Pendock got it nearly right when he wrote in his blog prior to the announcement of the Wine magazine’s Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 that “(he was) betting 70% of WINE’s Showcase will be made from Theo Basson’s Darling grapes” (see here).
Grapes for the top wines were sourced as follows:
Anura Unfiltered Reserve 2010: Darling
Cederberg 2010: Cederberg
De Grendel Koetshuis 2010: Darling and Durbanville
First Sighting 2009: Elim
Graham Beck Pheasant’s Run 2009: Darling and Durbanville
Graham Beck Pheasant’s Run 2010: Darling and Durbanville
Sauvignon.com 2010: Durbanville
Strandveld 2010: Elim
Darling Bush Vine 2010: Darling
Groote Post Reserve 2009: Darling
Darling fruit therefore featured wholly or partly in 60% of the wines. Only De Grendel and Graham Beck buy grapes from Darling farm Alexanderfontein, owned by Theo’s brother Nico.