Winemag.co.za produces a variety of reports throughout the year. We use the 100-point system in line with international convention.
Please see our Ratings System page for more details.
Prescient, a multinational financial services company that has supported Winemag.co.za’s annual reports on both Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon for the past six years, has expanded its sponsorship to all wine categories.
Winemag.co.za convenes panel tastings throughout the year in order to generate the in-depth category reports. These are as follows:
|MONTH 2020||WINEMAG REPORTS|
|Feb||10 Year Old Wine Awards|
|Feb Mar||Cap Classique Report|
|Feb Mar||Sweet Wine Report|
|Mar Jun||Chenin Blanc Report|
|Jun||Cabernet Sauvignon Report|
|Jun Jul||Cape Bordeaux Red Blend (Sylvain)|
|Jun Jul||Merlot Report|
|Jul Aug||Pinotage Report|
|Jul Aug||Shiraz Report|
|Aug Sept||Signature Red Blend Report|
|Aug Sept||Pinot Noir Report (Saint Martin)|
|Aug Sept||Sauvignon Blanc Report (Sylvain)|
|Sept Oct||Chardonnay Report|
Wines are tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel consisting of Christian Eedes as chairman as well as Roland Peens and James Pietersen, both of Wine Cellar, Cape Town merchants and cellarers of fine wine.
Wines must be commercially available and the minimum stock requirement is 100 six-bottle cases or 600 bottles. Wines must be certified as South African.
An entry fee of R950 applies and payment must be made online. An entry sample takes the form of two bottles plus the entry form and a fact sheet with technical analysis. Samples must be delivered to 44 Liesbeek Road, Rosebank, Cape Town between 08h30 and 15h00 on the specified date. No late submissions will be accepted.
In the event a wine rates well and achieves Top10 status, 36 bottles must be supplied for free to be served at the gala awards event in October (24x), plus the Johannesburg (8x) and London (4x) tastings in November.
These reports are essential reading for wine lovers and industry – please inquire if you see value in taking ownership of those not already sponsored.
Important 2020 dates for the REPORTS:
|2020 month||Winemag Reports||Entries open||Entries Close||Sample Delivery||Judging Date||Report Released|
|Feb||10 Year Old Wine Awards||20 Jan||5 Feb||6 Feb||11 Feb||18 Feb|
|Feb Mar||Cap Classique Report||17 Feb||4 Mar||5 Mar||10+11 Mar||17 Mar|
|Feb Mar||Sweet Wine Report||17 Feb||4 Mar||5 Mar||10+11 Mar||24 Mar|
|Jun||Chenin Blanc Report||9 Mar||3 Jun
||9 + 10 Jun
|Jun Jul||Cabernet Sauvignon Report||1 Jun
||24+25 Jun||30 Jun
||Cape Bordeaux Red Blend (Sylvain)||22 Jun
||Merlot Report||22 Jun
||8 Jul||9 Jul
||Shiraz Report||13 Jul
||8 July||9 July||14+15 Jul||11 Aug
|July Aug||Pinotage Report||13 Jul||29 July||30 July||4+5 Aug||18 Aug|
||Signature Red Blend Report||3 Aug||19 Aug||20 Aug||25 Aug||1 Sept|
||Pinot Noir Report (Saint Martin)||3 Aug||19 Aug||20 Aug||26 Aug||8 Sept|
||Sauvignon Blanc Report (Sylvain)||24 Aug
||9 Sept||10 Sept||15+16 Sept||22 Sept|
||Chardonnay Report||14 Sept||30 Sept||1 Oct||6+7 Oct||13 Oct|
|Oct||Gala Event ‘Best of Category’||22 Oct|
|Nov||Johannesburg Tasting||5 Nov|
|Nov||London Tasting||10 Nov|
The top performers are recognised at an annual gala event. The reports are available online and shared via social media and other channels.
Wineries may purchase Winemag.co.za rating stickers to promote their scores. Stickers are available at R380/1000, email email@example.com to place an order. Stickers must be collected from 3 Main Drive, Sea Point, Cape Town on Tuesday or Friday of the week (021 439 3102)
Winemag has convened the Label Design Awards since 2015 commencing with the Wine category, in 2017 introduced the Beer category and from 2020, the Spirits category. This label design competition is proudly sponsored by self-adhesive label supplier Rotolabel, with UPM Raflatac, Synchron, Kemtek and HP Indigo as secondary sponsors.
The motivation for the competition is to reward outstanding design as an influence on wine, beer and spirit purchases. The competition seeks to reward the best design and packaging for beverages made in South Africa in these three categories. The judging criteria include originality of concept, execution, shelf appeal and effectiveness as a piece of communication. Only wines, beers and spirits produced in South Africa may be entered.
Wines are judged in four categories:
Beers are judged in two categories:
Spirits are judged in two categories:
Wines, beers and spirits must be commercially available and the minimum stock requirement is 50 six-bottle cases. Each entry must be accompanied by a 150-word creative rationale.
After official judging, the finalists will be displayed on Winemag.co.za for a set period to allow for consumer voting to determine a “People’s Choice” winner for each category. The award ceremony takes place on 18 March 2020.
The entry kit will be available online from 6 January 2020, closing date is 19 February 2020. For further information, contact Jacqueline Lahoud on 083 654 7721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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