Prescient Cape White Blend Report 2020: Top 10

By , 18 June 2020

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Introduction

This year’s Cape White Blend Report convened by Winemag.co.za and sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. There were 20 entries from 17 producers and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

What is a Cape White Blend?

No official definition exists but our proposal is that such wines can be made from any combination of varieties as long as they include a significant Chenin Blanc component, specifically more than 15% and less than 85%.

Lammershoek, Swartland.

Top 10

The 10 best wines overall were as follows:

Cavalli Cremello 2017
DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2017
Eenzaamheid Vin Blanc 2019
Essay Chenin Blanc Viognier Roussanne 2019
Joostenberg Fairhead 2019
Lammershoek Terravinum Reserve White 2016
Lammershoek’s White Mysteries 2017
The Tea Leaf 2018 (Strange Kompanjie)
The Fledge & Co. Vagabond 2018
Van Wyk Family Wines Olivia Grace 2018

What areas to the fore?

Congratulations to Swartland property Lammershoek on having two wines in the Top 10. Of the others, three were designated as Wine of Origin Western Cape and one as Coastal Region indicating that some producers are compelled to search quite widely for suitable grapes to make up these blends.

What do top Cape White Blends go for?

The average of the top 10 this year is R168.50 a bottle with Essay Chenin Blanc Viognier Roussanne 2019 from MAN Family Wines the most affordable at R85 a bottle.

In-depth analysis

To read the report in full, including key findings, tasting notes for the top wines and scores on the 100-point quality scale for all wines entered, download the following: Prescient Cape White Blend Report 2020

Shop online

Johannesburg boutique wine retailer Dry Dock Liquor is offering all wines in the top 10 for sale – buy now.

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  • Donald1 July 2020

    20 entries is woeful but appreciate that times are tough and you can’t force producers to enter nor can you run it as a charity event. On a more positive note I’d like to sing the praises of the Essay – rarely have I been as pleasantly surprised by a sub R100 wine as this one. Its fantastic value for money. This is the main reason why I enjoy these reports Christian – there is always a giant slayer in the mix, sometimes two. And this provides great insight to consumers in general especially in these financially difficult times. Even the well heeled readers of this site would have to admit not everybody can afford R200+ for a bottle of wine – you just reinforce the fact that even if you can you don’t have to spend that much.

  • Rob23 June 2020

    Sadie wines? Mullineux? What happened here???

    • Christian Eedes23 June 2020

      Hi Rob, Entry into the tastings that form the basis of these reports costs R950 per wine and participation is at the discretion of the individual producer – Sadie and Mullineux typically don’t enter competitions. Winemag.co.za takes a hybrid approach to generating ratings, combining the outcome of sighted tastings conducted by me as editor on an ad hoc basis with the more formal findings that are generated by a three-person panel tasting blind. We acknowledge that there are certain producers that feel their offering is so refined and particular that only a sighted tasting will do but these have historically been a loss-leading activity and we invite reader contributions to cover this. Conversely, we hugely appreciate the boldness of those producers that are prepared to submit to the extra scrutiny of a blind tasting where no bias is at play.

  • Tierseun18 June 2020

    Hi Christian,

    Any particular reason for not revealing the individual scores of the Top-10 wines, or am I just not looking well enough?

    Very disappointing turnout having just 20 wines in this category considering the amazing wines available, Palladius arguably the finest of them all.

    • Christian Eedes18 June 2020

      Hi Tierseun, Our annual tasting programme going forwards will culminate in a gala dinner where the ratings on the 100-point quality scale for all the Top 10 wines will be revealed and the individual best wine per category will receive an award, the idea being to lend the awards circuit some extra razzmatazz.

      • Udo Göebel18 June 2020

        To read the report in full, including key findings, tasting notes for the top wines and scores on the 100-point quality scale for all wines entered,

        scores on the 100-point quality scale for all wines entered?

        You should rewrite this?

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