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The Prescient Chardonnay Report 2018

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The eighth annual Chardonnay Report sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. There were 117 entries from 81 producers and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

Wines to rate 90 or higher were as follows:

94
Delaire Graff Terraced Block Reserve 2016

94
La Bri 2017 – Cybercellar price: R137

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94
Le Riche 2017 – Cybercellar price: R155

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94
Meerlust 2017 – Cybercellar price: R232

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94
Paul Cluver Seven Flags 2017

93
Creation Reserve 2017

93
Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve 2017

93
DeMorgenzon Reserve 2017 – Cybercellar price: R425

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93
Domaine Des Dieux 2014

93
Eikendal 2017 – Cybercellar price: R178

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93
Groot Constantia 2017 – Cybercellar price: R240

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93
Hartenberg The Eleanor 2016 – Cybercellar price: R380

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93
Henri Boillot Meursault 2016

93
Kershaw GPS Lower Duivenhoks River 2017

93
Kruger Family Wines Walker Bay 2017

93
Longridge 2017

93
Malanot Malan Family Reserve 2016

93
Oak Valley Groenlandberg 2017 – Cybercellar price: R260

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93
Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2015

93
Sutherland Elgin 2017 – Cybercellar price: R140

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92
Elgin Vintners 2014

92
Groote Post Kapokberg 2017 – R180

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92
Journey’s End Destination 2017 – Cybercellar price:R282

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92
Kershaw Clonal Selection Elgin 2017

92
La Motte 2017 – Cybercellar price: R140

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92
Tokara Reserve Collection Stellenbosch 2017 – Cybercellar price: R195

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91
Almenkerk 2017

91
Bartinney Hourglass 2017

91
Eikendal Infused by Earth 2016

91
Goedverwacht Maxim Limited Release 2017

91
Iona 2017

91
Jordan Nine Yards 2016

91
Longridge 2016

91
Neil Ellis Whitehall Elgin 2017

91
Plaisir de Merle 2017

91
Stellenbosch Vineyards Credo 2016

91
Stellenbosch Vineyards Credo 2017

91
Uva Mira The Mira 2017

91
Uva Mira The Single Tree 2016

91
Vrede en Lust Marguerite 2016

90
Aaldering 2017

90
Babylonstoren 2017 – Cybercellar price: R239

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90
Badsberg Sur Lie 2017

90
Bersig Barrel Fermented 2016

90
Cape Point Vineyards 2017

90
Creation The Art of Chardonnay 2017

90
Durbanville Hills 2017

90
Edgebaston 2017

90
Esona Single Vineyard 2015

90
Fleur du Cap Series Privée 2017

90
Glen Carlou Quartzstone 2017

90
Haskell Anvil 2017

90
Hazendal 2017

90
Highlands Road 2016

90
Highlands Road 2017

90
Jordan Barrel Fermented 2017 – Cybercellar price: R172

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90
Julien Schaal Evidence 2017

90
Julien Schaal Confluence 2017

90
Kershaw The Smuggler’s Boot 2016

90
Kershaw The Smuggler’s Boot 2017

90
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2017 – Cybercellar price: R120

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90
Kruger Family Wines Klipkop 2017

90
La Vierge Jezebelle 2017 – Cybercellar price: R145

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90
Louisvale 2017

90
Lourensford Limited Release 2017

90
Môreson Dr. Reason Why 2017

90
Muratie Isabella Reserve 2017

90
Oldenburg Vineyards 2017

90
Paul Cluver Estate 2017

90
Rustenberg Five Soldiers 2017

90
Stellenbosch Reserve Moederkerk 2018

90
Stonebird 2016

90
Sutherland Elgin Reserve 2016 – Cybercellar price: R300

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90
Uva Mira 2016

To read the tasting report in full, download the following: Prescient Chardonnay Report 2018

To view a presentation on trends emerging from the last four years of reports, download the following: Prescient Chardonnay Report Trends

To view a photo album of the awards function, CLICK HERE.

To find out more about Prescient, CLICK HERE.

9 COMMENTS

  1. I think the fact that La Bri and Le Riche both score 94 whilst being less than R150 per bottle (plenty of wines that score less are more than twice the price) is another sign that price and quality are not necessarily directly proportional. A further 3 wines all scoring 90 but costing well less than R100 blows this argument out of the water. You can poo poo the results and scores if you don’t subscribe to this view but I think there’s enough evidence here – and in other reports/competitions – that several estates rest very heavily on their laurels and reputation and like to allude to the quality of their wines by charging high prices. Its up to us as consumers to call them out on it with educated buying decisions helped by reports such as this. Increase quality and the increase in price will follow organically as your wines become more in demand, increase price to imply an increase in quality without it actually being there or mildly commensurate with the price hike and you are sure to get rustled sooner or later.

  2. Please can you compress the results into a page or two for screenshots etc. I do not understand this modern trend of double line spacing and having to scroll through a mile-long vertical banner.
    Print each score once and then list all the wines that scored that score in sigle-line spacing.
    It will also make it easier for readers to scan up and down the list as they do comparisons.
    Just a suggestion!

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