Competitions

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.

Reports

Winemag.co.za convenes panel tastings throughout the year in order to generate the in-depth category reports. These are as follows:

Feb 10-Year-Old Wine Report
March Alternative Varieties Report
April Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report
May Merlot
June Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report
July Signature Red Blend Report
Aug Shiraz Report
Sept Tonnellerie Saint Martin Pinot Noir Report
Oct Prescient Chardonnay Report
Nov Sauv-Sem Blend & Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report
Dec Chenin Blanc & Cape White Blend 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 R899 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.

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 2019 dates for the REPORTS:

2019 month Winemag reports Entries open Entries Close Sample Delivery Report Released
February 10 Year Old Wine Report (Luxury Time Watches) 21 Jan 6 Feb 7 Feb 4 Mar
March Alternative Varieties Report 4 Mar 19 Mar 20 Mar 9 Apr
April Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 25 Mar 10 Apr 11 Apr 2 May
May Merlot Report (Taransaud) 23 Apr 9 May 10 May 5 June
June Cape Bordeaux Red Blend (Sylvain) 27 May 12 June 13 June 9 July
July Signature Report 24 June 10 July 11 July 30 July
August Shiraz Report 15 July 31 July 1 Aug 20 Aug
August Tonnellerie Saint Martin Pinot Noir Report 12 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug 17 Sept
September Prescient Chardonnay Report 9 Sept 25 Sept 26 Sept 15 Oct
October Sauv-Sem & Wooded SauvBl (Sylvain) 7 Oct 23 Oct 24 Oct 12 Nov
November Chenin & Cape Blend Report 4 Nov 20 Nov 21 Nov 3 Dec

The top performers are recognised at a special event and the reports are available online.

Wineries may purchase Winemag.co.za rating stickers and many of the wines are available for online purchasing.

 

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Best Value Tastings

These tastings seek to identify the best everyday drinking wines to be had, specifically those selling at a price of R60 to R120 a bottle.

Winemag.co.za convenes the following Best Value Tastings:

White wines between R60 – R120

Red wines between R60 – R120

May: Chardonnay May: Pinotage
June: Chenin Blanc June: Shiraz
Sept: White Blends Sept: Red Blends
Sept: Rosé Sept: Merlot
Sept: Sauvignon Blanc Sept: Cabernet Sauvignon

Wines are judged blind (labels out of sight) using the 100-point system by two panels of three judges, namely:

  • Panel One: Joanne Gibson, Ndaba Dube & Jeanri-Tine Van Zyl
  • Panel Two: Malu Lambert, Spencer Fondaumiere & Jolette Steyn

Wines must be commercially available and the minimum stock requirement is 167 six-bottle cases or 1 000 bottles. Each entry must be submitted online. Wines must be certified as South African.

An entry sample takes the form of two bottles plus the entry form (completed online) and a fact sheet with technical analysis. An entry fee of R899 applies and payment must be made online Samples must be delivered to Wine Cellar, Prices Park, Nelson Road, Observatory, Cape Town between 08h30 and 15h00 on the specified date. No late submissions will be accepted.

Important 2019 dates for the BEST VALUE TASTINGS:

2019 Month Best Value Categories Entries Open Entries Close Delivery Date Results Announced
May Chardonnay 6 May 22 May 23 May 11 June
May Pinotage 6 May 22 May 23 May 16 June
June Shiraz 3 June 19 June 20 June 2 July
June Chenin Blanc 3 June 19 June 20 June 16 July
July White Blends 1 July 18 Sept 19 Sept 1 October
Sept Rosé 5 August 18 Sept 19 Sept 1 October
Sept Merlot 5 August 18 Sept 19 Sept 1 October
Sept Sauvignon Blanc 5 August 18 Sept 19 Sept 1 October
Sept Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Sept 18 Sept 19 Sept 1 October

The full results are published on Winemag.co.za and circulated via social media.

Wineries may purchase Winemag Best Value Rating stickers and many of the wines will be made available for online purchase.

The best-rated wines in each category will be invited to showcase their wine at an annual public tasting event with .

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Wine | Beer Label Design Awards

Winemag has convened the Wine Label Design Awards since 2015 and the Beer Label Design Awards since 2017, both proudly sponsored by self-adhesive label supplier Rotolabel, with Synchron and UPM Raflatac in a secondary capacity.

The motivation for the competition is to reward outstanding design as an influence on wine and beer purchases. The competition seeks to reward the best design and packaging for beer made in South Africa and judging criteria include originality of concept, execution, shelf appeal and effectiveness as a piece of communication. Only wines and beers produced in South Africa may be entered.

Wines are judged in four categories:

  1. R80 a bottle and under;
  2. over R80 a bottle;
  3. R500 a bottle and over and
  4. Labels forming a series – no price constraints.

Beers are judged in two categories:

  1. single labels and;
  2. labels forming a series.

Wines and beers 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, some of the best work is displayed on Winemag.co.za for a set period to allow for consumer voting to determine a “People’s Choice” winner for both wine and beer.

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