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2012 Ultra Liquors Best Value Wine Guide: CE’s top wines

By , 25 October 2011

The 2012 edition of the Best Value Wine Guide sponsored by Ultra Liquors is now available. In order to be included in the book, wines must firstly sell for not more than R60 a bottle and then had to receive a rating of 2½ Stars or better on being tasted by a panel – there were 982 submissions of which 380 made the grade.

Best Value Winery of the Year was Du Toitskloof, the fifth time that this Rawsonville winery has achieved this honour in the guide’s 12-year history, made more remarkable by the fact that no other winery has won more than once.

Here are the wines I rated 16 or more on the 20-point scale (judges operated in two panels of three, and therefore I didn’t see all categories):

Chenin Blanc
Frisky Zebras Sultry N/V (United Nations of Wine)
Knorhoek 2009
Windmeul Reserve 2010

Alvi’s Drift 2010
Hazendal Bushvine 2010
False Bay 2010
Fish Hoek 2010
Groote Post 2011
Kaapzicht 2011
Koelenhof Koelenbosch 2010
Mulderbosch Steen op Hout 2010
Overhex Balance Winemaker’s Selection 2010

Badsberg Hanepoot 2010

Sauvignon Blanc
Bon Courage 2011
Welmoed 2011

Aan de Doorns 2011
Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection 2011
Klein Roosboom Bandana Blanc 2010
Môreson Miss Molly Kitchen Thief 2011
Van Loveren 2011

Spier Signature 2010

Bon Courage 2010
Rooiberg 2009

Red blends
Beaumont Raoul’s Old Basket Press 2010
Theuniskraal Prestige 2010

Chateau Libertas 2010
Flamingo Bay Cinsaut Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Saxenburg Guinea Fowl Red 2009
Versus Simply Rocking Red 2010

White blends
Jordan Chameleon Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay 2010
Whalehaven Viognier Chardonnay 2008

Allée Bleue Starlette Blanc Sauvignon Blanc Chenin Blanc 2010

Arniston Bay The Shore N/V
Table Bay Spinnaker White N/V

The Best Value Wine Guide sells for R31.95 a copy and can be bought online here.


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