Prescient Minority Report 2021: Niche Red Varieties Top 10

By , 21 July 2021


This year’s Minority Report convened by and sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is to be released sequentially – part two featuring niche red varieties now out. There were 55 wines entered and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

Niche Red Varieties Top 10

The 10 best wines are as follows:


Zorgvliet Petit Verdot 2018
Price: R160
Wine of Origin: Banghoek
Abv: 14.25%


B Vintners Lone Wolf Cinsault 2020
Price: R250
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Abv: 13%


Piekenierskloof Grenache Noir 2020
Price: R138
Wine of Origin: Piekenierskloof
Abv: 13.66%


Piekenierskloof Carel van Zyl Grenache Noir Old Vine 2019
Price: 13.96%
Wine of Origin: Piekenierskloof
Abv: R500


Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2018
Price: R650
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Abv: 14%


Stellenrust Barrel Selection Cabernet Franc 2017
Price: R177
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Abv: 14.2%


Dornier Moordenaarskloof Tinta Barocca 2019
Price: R295
Wine of Origin: Swartland
Abv: 14.92%


Dornier Petit Verdot 2016
Price: R225
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Abv: 14%


Tempel Tydsaam Tempranillo 2019
Price: R325
Wine of Origin: Wellington
Abv: 14.3%


Zorgvliet Cabernet Franc 2018
Price: R160
Wine of Origin: Banghoek
Abv: 14.51%

Piekenierskloof old vines.

About the category

The focus of the Minority Report is on wines from varieties whose respective total plantings do not exceed 5 000ha. South Africa’s eight most widely planted varieties (Chenin Blanc, Colombar, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Pinotage, Chardonnay, and Merlot in that order) all have plantings of over 5 000ha and together makeup 82% of the national vineyard – this is a chance for the more subordinate varieties to shine!

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 Minority Report 2021

Shop online

Johannesburg boutique wine retailer Dry Dock Liquor is offering some of the wines in the Top 10 for sale and can deliver nationwide – 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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