Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report 2017

By , 6 June 2017



10 Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report logoThe third annual Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report (previously the Red Hot Wine Awards) is now out.

60 entries were received from 45 producers for this year’s competition and 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 on the 100-point quality scale were as follows:

Thelema Rabelais 2013
Price: R475

Morgenster 2011
Price: R389

MR de Compostella 2014
Price: R1 050

Tokara Director’s Reserve Red 2013
Price: R390

Holden Manz Big G 2013
Price: R225

Rustenberg John X Merriman 2015
Price: R175

Simonsig Tiara 2011
Price: R320

Allée Bleue Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014
Price: R130

Beyerskloof Field Blend 2013
Price: R250

Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2014
Price: R367

Laibach The Ladybird 2015
Price: R100

Longridge Ekliptika 2014
Price: R480

Morgenster 2012
Price: R389

Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2014
Price: R150

Muratie Ansela van de Caab 2013
Price: R325

Rustenberg John X Merriman 2014
Price: R175

Spier Creative Block 5 2014
Price: R149

Zorgvliet Richelle 2015
Price: R270

Allée Bleue L’Amour Toujours 2013
Price: R200

Creation Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot 2015
Price: R190

Knorhoek Pantère 2014
Price: R190

La Vierge Nymphomane 2015
Price: R137

Villiera Monro Red 2013
Price: R170

Vriesenhof Kallista 2011
Price: R285

Vondeling Philosophie 2015
Price: R695

Thelema, as the producer of the wine judged  best overall, won a new 300-litre Selection barrel worth €860 (equivalent to R12 355 at the current exchange rate) from Tonnellerie Sylvain.

To read the tasting report in full, download the following: CapeBordeauxRedBlendReport2017

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


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    Magnus | 7 June 2017

    Would love to see more of our “top end” Bordeaux Style producers also make their wines available for consideration like: Kanonkop, Meerlust, Vergelegen, Dalla Cia, De Toren.

    joe | 7 June 2017

    One of the most striking things about this analysis is how small the correlation between price and score is. It almost seems like so long as you pay >R100 per bottle (or maybe R150), you basically don’t in general get a better (higher-scoring) wine if you spend more money.

      Bobby | 7 June 2017

      Hi joe,

      The R^2 for the 90+ wines is 0.2. So there is a positive correlation, although slight. It would be better to do this exercise with the full list of wines entered but we need quoted prices for that. A brief scan of the wines in the high 80s seems to show more wines priced below R200, so perhaps the correlation will increase?

      I also see that the cause of much of last year’s commentary contoversy – Vilafonte – is absent from this year’s competition…

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