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

Competitions, Competitions

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

February10-Year-Old Wine Report
MarchAlternative Varieties Report
AprilPrescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report
MayMerlot
JuneCape Bordeaux Red Blend Report
JulySignature Red Blend Report
AugustShiraz Report
SeptemberTonnellerie Saint Martin Pinot Noir Report
OctoberPrescient Chardonnay Report
NovemberSauv-Sem Blend & Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report
DecemberChenin 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 monthWinemag reportsEntries openEntries CloseSample DeliveryReport Released
February10 Year Old Wine Report (Luxury Time Watches)21 Jan6 Feb7 Feb4 Mar
MarchAlternative Varieties Report4 Mar19 Mar20 Mar9 Apr
AprilPrescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report25 Mar10 Apr11 Apr2 May
MayMerlot Report (Taransaud)23 Apr9 May10 May5 June
JuneCape Bordeaux Red Blend (Sylvain)27 May12 June13 June9 July
JulySignature Report24 June10 July11 July30 July
AugustShiraz Report15 July31 July1 Aug20 Aug
AugustTonnellerie Saint Martin Pinot Noir Report12 Aug28 Aug29 Aug17 Sept
SeptemberPrescient Chardonnay Report9 Sept25 Sept26 Sept15 Oct
OctoberSauv-Sem & Wooded SauvBl (Sylvain)7 Oct23 Oct24 Oct12 Nov
NovemberChenin & Cape Blend Report4 Nov20 Nov21 Nov3 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 purchase via Cybercellar.com.

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Best Value Tastings

Competitions, Competitions

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

In conjunction with our retail partner Cybercellar.com, Winemag.co.za convenes the following Best Value Tastings:

White wines between R60 – R120

Red wines between R60 – R120

May:ChardonnayMay:Pinotage
June:Chenin BlancJune:Shiraz
July:White BlendsJuly:Red Blends
August:RoséAugust:Merlot
September:Sauvignon BlancSeptember: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 MonthBest Value CategoriesEntries OpenEntries CloseDelivery DateResults Announced
MayChardonnay6 May22 May23 May11 June
MayPinotage6 May22 May23 May16 June
JuneShiraz3 June19 June20 June2 July
JuneChenin Blanc3 June19 June20 June16 July
JulyWhite Blends1 July17 July18 July6 August
AugRosé5 August21 August22 August3 September
AugMerlot5 August21 August22 August10 September
SeptSauvignon Blanc2 September18 Sept19 Sept1 October
SeptCabernet Sauvignon2 September18 Sept19 Sept10 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 via Cybercellar.com

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

Competitions, Competitions

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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