Sauv-Sem Blend/Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report 2019

By , 13 November 2019



The seventh annual Sauv-Sem Blend/Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report is now out. There were 29 blend entries (from 24 producers) and 23 wooded Sauvignon Blanc entries (from 21 producers) and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

The top 10 blends (with rating alongside) are as follows:

Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2018 – 95 (BEST OVERALL)
Constantia Glen Two 2018 – 92
Delaire Graff White Reserve 2017 – 91
Durbanville Hills The Tangram 2018 – 92
Elgin Ridge Chaos White 2018 – 93
Highlands Road Since Cera 2016 – 92
Highlands Road Since Cera 2017 – 93
The Smuggler’s Boot SBS 2018 (Richard Kershaw Wines) – 91
Trizanne Signature Wines Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – 93
Vrede en Lust Barrique 2018 – 92

The top five examples of Wooded Sauvignon Blanc (with rating alongside) were as follows:

Cape Point Vineyards Reserve 2018 – 93
Iona Elgin Highlands Wild Ferment 2018 – 92
Nederburg The Young Airhawk Wooded 2018 – 92
Rietvallei Estéanna 2018 – 91
Rousseau Sacharia Wooded 2018 – 94

As producer of the best blend overall, Cape Point Vineyards won a new 225-litre barrel from Tonnellerie Sylvain.

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, down load the following: Sauv-Sem Blend Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report 2019

To view a photo album from yesterday’s announcement function, click here.


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    Colin | 13 November 2019

    Hello Christian
    As always I find these academic exercises of yours most interesting if I look at the lower scores. Pray tell what was wrong with Nitida and the Glenwood Grand Duc? Those are some serious wines that you basically gave a fault score to.

      Christian Eedes | 13 November 2019

      Hi Colin, Always happy to enter into the debate ’cause isn’t that what wine appreciation is all about?

      Issue with the GlenWood: V/A.

      Issue with the Nitida: Too evolved – honey in colour, hints of onion and nuttiness on the nose. Rich and thick textured but too broad, flat.

        Kwispedoor | 13 November 2019

        Christian, out of interest sake, did you guys get to taste a second bottle of the Nitída Wild Child? I haven’t had the wine and their website only offers the details of the 2018 vintage, but there’s nothing really to suggest that it should taste like it did. Possible closure failure?

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