Prescient Chardonnay Report 2019

By , 15 October 2019



Chardonnay Report

The ninth annual Chardonnay Report sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. There were 93 entries from 65 producers and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

The top 10 wines (with rating alongside) are as follows:

Creation Reserve 2018 – 93
De Grendel Op die Berg 2018 – 95
Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve 2018 – 94
Highlands Road 2017 – 94
Journey’s End 2018 – 93
Kershaw Clonal Selection Elgin 2018 – 93
Paul Cluver Estate 2017 – 94
Simonsig 2017 – 93
Stellenbosch Vineyards Unwooded 2018 – 94
Stellenrust Barrel Fermented 2018 – 93

To read the report in full, including key findings, tasting notes for the top 10 and scores on the 100-point quality scale for all wines entered, download the following: Prescient Chardonnay Report 2019

To view a photo album from yesterday’s announcement function, click here.

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3 comment(s)

  • Hendrik Louw5 November 2019

    How lovely to see the range of styles in the top 10! Unwooded, wooded, barrel ferment… SA Chardonnay came a long way! Thanks for the report once again.
    And yes, my heart now bleeds to taste that barrel ferment…..

  • dion martin15 October 2019

    I assume the Pongracz Blanc de Blanc NV is a mistake?

    • Christian Eedes16 October 2019

      Hi Dion, For the first time ever, there were two examples of bottle fermented sparkling wine entered (the rules did not specifically exclude this method of production so entirely legitimate entries) and of these, the panel particularly liked the Blanc de Blancs 2016 from Durbanville Hills for its elegance and verve, rating it 91.

      In 2020, however, we intend launching a stand-alone Méthode Cap Classique Report and will consequently take steps to remove bubblies from consideration in the Chardonnay Report.

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