Prescient Chenin Blanc Report 2020: Top 10
By Christian Eedes, 18 June 2020
The inaugural Chenin Blanc Report convened by winemag.co.za and sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. There were 88 entries from 57 producers and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.
About the category
Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most planted variety by far with 17 103ha in the ground at the end of 2019, this equivalent to 18.6% of the national vineyard. In addition, the variety makes up 52.6% of the country’s 3 505ha that are 35 years or older. It is extraordinarily versatile, capable of producing wines in all manner of styles and at all levels of the market.
The 10 best wines overall were as follows:
Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Cape Town 2018
DeMorgenzon Reserve 2018
Lievland Old Vine 2019
Mulderbosch Steen op Hout 2019
Raats Family Wines Eden High Density Single Vineyard 2018
Schultz Family Wines Skeleton Bay 2019
Simonsig Chenin Avec Chêne 2017
Villion Henning 2018
Vrede en Lust Kogelberg 2017
What areas to the fore?
Out of the top 10, five were from Stellenbosch and one each from Bot River, Cape Town (Durbanville), Elgin and Paarl. The Schultz Family Wines Skeleton Bay 2019, designated as W.O. Western Cape sees grapes combined from both Paarl and Somerset West.
What does top Chenin Blanc go for?
The average price of the top 10 this year is R247.30 a bottle with Stellenrust 2019 the most affordable at R68 a bottle.
|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 Chenin Blanc Report 2020|
Johannesburg boutique wine retailer Dry Dock Liquor is offering all wines in the top 10 for sale – buy now.