New wines to gain Franschhoek Appellation Grand Prestige certification
By Christian Eedes, 9 January 2016
Appellation Grand Prestige is a special designation for Franschhoek’s best wines. The initiative was launched in 2014 and initially the focus was on three varieties only, these being Chardonnay, Semillon and Cabernet Sauvignon on account of these being considered the strongest performers historically (see more here).
Those behind AGP have subsequently sought to strengthen their ties with the pre-exisiting Vignerons de Franschhoek and now all wines that are certified as having been produced in the ward are eligible for AGP status.
Towards the end of last year, 92 wines from 27 producers were judged by an independent panel of five, the top 10 becoming the second batch ever to carry the AGP designation. These are:
Black Elephant MCC Brut NV
Franschhoek Vineyards Semillon 2012
Môreson Mercator Chardonnay 2013
La Chaumiere Pinot Noir 2013
Holden Manz Cabernet Franc 2013
La Bri Affinity 2013
Stony Brook Ghost Gum Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Lynx SMV 2013
Môreson Straw Wine 2013
Maison Straw Wine 2012