Signature Red Blend Report 2018


    The third annual Signature Red Blend Report is now out.

    68 entries were received from 54 producers for this year’s competition. These were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

    Wines to rate 90 or higher were as follows:

    Babylonstoren Babel 2017
    Joostenberg Bakermat 2016
    Olifantsberg Silhouette 2015
    Org De Rac Die Waghuis Red Blend 2016

    Donkiesbaai Rooiwijn 2017
    Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend 2016
    Fairview Extraño 2015
    Glenelly Estate Reserve 2012
    Springfontein Limestone Rocks Whole Lotta Love Cape Red Blend 2015
    Vrede en Lust Artisan Range Merlot Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Wildehurst Red 2014

    Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel S.M.V. 2015
    Glenelly Estate Reserve 2013
    Haskell II 2014
    Luddite Saboteur Red 2016
    Muratie Melck’s Shiraz Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Opstal Carl Everson Cape Blend 2016
    Leipzig Master Blend 2017

    Boland One Formation Pinotage Shiraz Grenache 2016
    DeMorgenzon Maestro Blue 2015
    Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape Le Miocene 2015
    Fairview Homtini 2016
    Lammershoek Terravinum Reserve Red 2016
    Nederburg The Motorcycle Marvel 2016
    Rust en Vrede 1694 Classification 2015
    Rust en Vrede Estate 2015
    Strandveld The Navigator 2015
    Thorne & Daughters Wanderer’s Heart 2017
    Under Oaks French Flair 2015
    Villiera Down to Earth Touriga Nacional Shiraz 2016
    Vondeling Monsonia 2015

    To read the tasting report in full, download the following: Signature Red Blend Report 2018

    To view a photo album of the celebration lunch, click here.


    1. This caught my eye, as about a week earlier I poured this wine down the sink as undrinkable -‘Villiera Down to Earth Touriga Nacional Shiraz 2016’. But placing it in the same league at 90 points as Rust en Vrede Estate and 1694 is very hard to swallow. …Really????? Those wines are light years apart in terms of quality and detail.

    2. Hi Jonnie, While the two Rust en Vrede wines are far more ambitious than the Villiera, what the panel liked about the latter is how fruit-forward and accessible it is. Not one to cellar for very long but a good everyday quaffer, we would argue.

        • Hi Dave, I’ve had a bottle subsequently and I would concede it was a bit lucky to get its score of 90 points. That said, at least it’s been brought to everyone’s attention…


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