Prescient Cape White Blend Report 2021: Top 10

By , 28 April 2021

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Introduction

This year’s Cape White Blend Report sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. There were 32 entries received from 28 producers and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

Top 10

The 10 best wines overall are:

94

Coterie by Wildeberg 2020
Price: R170
Wine of Origin: Western Cape
Abv: 13.5%

94

The Tea Leaf 2020 (Strange Kompanjie)
Price: R105
Wine of Origin: Western Cape
Abv: 13.5%

93

Afrikaans Vol. III 2020
Price: R150
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Abv: 14.13%

93

Boplaas Gamka Branca Reserve 2019
Price: R150
Wine of Origin: Western Cape
Abv: 13.32%

92

Forager White 2020 (African Pride Wines)
Price: R90
Wine of Origin: Western Cape
Abv: 13.8%

92

Meerhof White Blend 2019
Price: R150
Wine of Origin: Swartland
Abv: 13%

91

Bonfire Hill White 2020 (Bruce Jack Wines)
Price: R69
Wine of Origin: Wellington Breedekloof Robertson
Abv: 13.5%

91

B Vintners Haarlem to Hope 2019
Price: R275
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Abv: 13%

91

Muratie Laurens Campher Blended White 2019
Price: R198
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Abv: 13.57%

91

Zevenwacht The Tin Mine Cape White Blend 2020
Price: R115
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Abv: 13.57%

Wildeberg, Franschhoek.

About the category

Cape White Blends make for an important, if niche, category. 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% – Chenin is our most planted variety by far (17 148ha in the ground at the end of 2020, this making up 18.6% of the national vineyard) and we should find ways to celebrate it.

What does a top Cape White Blend go for?

The average price of the 17 wines to rate 90-plus is R176 a bottle and of the Top 10 is R147.20. Offering the best quality relative to price is The Tea Leaf 2020 with a rating of 94 and selling for R105 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 2021

Shop online

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

Online retailer Wine-of-the-Month Club is offering a six-bottle mixed case selected from the Top 10 – buy now.

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  • Nick Oosthuizen28 April 2021

    @Keith & Prothero
    As the saying goes: look at the scoreboard. In spite of their name, Prescient doesn’t claim to be all-inclusive. They stand or fall by the scores they give, giving real wine-lovers a headstart to getting their hands on beauties they’d never know about. For me: as things stand, Prescient stands.

  • Keith+Prothero28 April 2021

    It’s a pity the real quality Cape white blends are not entered in this. Frankly,although the report is interesting it’s really meaningless when so few of the truly great wines are included.

    • Markus28 April 2021

      I think its great to see wines I have never heard of making this list, now I will go out and try something new, rather than seeing a rearrangement of the same top wines that I can’t afford every time.
      I must say though that I tasted the TeaLeaf recently and found it very rich to the point that between three of us we couldn’t finish it and moved on to something else.

    • Christian Eedes28 April 2021

      Hi Keith, I’m obviously compelled to protect the good standing of the Report – as I always say, it is the prerogative of any producer not to submit his or her wine for blind assessment but then it is also the public’s right to draw their own conclusions as to why the producers want to escape scrutiny. In any event, I would argue that one useful function tastings such as these perform is that of talent spotting – today’s unknown might well be tomorrow’s star.

      • Rolff28 April 2021

        I absolutely agree………
        Here are wines that i will definitely go anf taste as they are well priced and good palates have given them ninety +.
        Winning for me as a consumer!!
        I am not at all worried about the wines that are not in this tasting.

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