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Top 100 SA Wines 2012 results

By , 20 April 2012



The second annual Top 100 SA Wines competition saw 366 entries tasted compared to 39o in 2011. Top performing producer with five wines among the winners was Jordan. Here is the full list of winners in alphabetical order:

Allée Bleue Isabeau 2011
Allée Bleue Pinotage 2009
Alvi’s Drift AD Chardonnay 2011
Alvi’s Drift AD CVC 2011
Alvi’s Drift Viognier 2011
Anwilka 2009
Avontuur Estate Dominion Royale Shiraz Reserve 2009
Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2010
Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Brut Reserve 2007
Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve Port 1997
Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009
Boschendal Grande Cuvée Brut 2007
Bosman Family Vineyards Erfenis 2010
Bosman Family Vineyards Optenhorst Chenin Blanc 2010
Calitzdorp Cellar Cape Ruby 2010
Calitzdorp Cellar Touriga Naçional 2010
Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2010
Capelands Estate Redstone 2010
Cederberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cederberg Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cederberg Shiraz 2009 Dalla Cia Giorgio 2007|
David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Diemersdal MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Doolhof Signatures of Doolhof Malbec 2010
Driehoek Shiraz 2010
Eenzaamheid Chenin Blanc 2011
Eikendal Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Elgin Heights Shiraz 2010
Elgin Vintners Shiraz 2008
Ernie Els Big Easy 2010
Ernie Els Proprietor’s Syrah 2010
Ernie Els Signature 2008
Glenwood Chardonnay Vigneron’s Selection 2010
Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2009
Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve White 2010
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2011
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010
Jean Daneel Chenin Blanc 2010
Jordan Chardonnay 2010
Jordan Chenin Blanc 2011
Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2010
Jordan The Outlier Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Jordan The Real McCoy Riesling 2010
JP Bredell Wines Bredell’s Cape Vintage 2003
Kanu KCB Chenin Blanc 2009
Ken Forrester The FMC 2010
Klein Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2007
La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Viognier 2009
La Motte Shiraz 2009 Landau du Val Late Vintage Semillon Private Collection 2010
L’Avenir Grand Vin Pinotage 2009
Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2009
Lisha Nelson Cabernet Franc 2008 2008
Lomond Conebush Syrah 2008
Lomond Pincushion Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Lomond Pincushion Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Lomond Sugarbush Sauvigon Blanc 2010
Longridge Brut 2008
Longridge Chardonnay 2009
Longridge Merlot 2008
Louis Wines Louis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Miles Mossop Max 2008
Mulderbosch Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2008
Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Steen op Hout 2010
Mvemve Raats De Compostella 2009
Neethlingshof The Owl Post Pinotage 2010
Nitida Club Select Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2009
Oldenburg Vineyards Chenin Blanc 2011
Overgaauw Tria Corda 2009
Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2010
Rickety Bridge The Foundation Stone 2010
Rietvallei Wine Estate Special Select Esteanna White 2011
Rustenberg Stellenbosch John X Merriman 2009
Saronsberg Provenance Rooi 2010
Saronsberg Provenance Shiraz 2010
Saronsberg Shiraz 2010
Saronsberg Viognier 2010
Saxenburg Private Collection Shiraz 2007
Shannon Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2007
Stark-Conde Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Sumaridge Chardonnay 2010
Super Single Vineyards Mount Sutherland Syrah 2009
Swartland Bushvine Pinotage 2010
Swartland Bushvine Shiraz 2010
Teddy Hall Dr Jan Cats Chenin Blanc Reserve 2010
Teddy Hall Hercules van Loon Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2008
The High Road Director’s Reserve 2009
Tierhoek Straw Wine 2007
Tokara Director’s Reserve Red 2008
Tokara Director’s Reserve White 2010
Van Loveren Christina van Loveren Shiraz 2010
Vilafonté Series M 2009
Vondeling Baldrick Shiraz 2011
Vondeling Sweet Carolyn 2007
Warwick Trilogy 2009
Wildekrans Osiris Chenin Blanc Barrel Selection 2010


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    Nick H | 28 April 2012

    I think the main issue people have with the concept is that it’s title suggests that it is representative of the industry as a whole. If it was called “100 Great SA Wines” it would be another story.

    Essentially it’s a marketing gimmick dressed up to look like a competition. I am surprised so many producers actually fall for it. In any serious wine drinker’s eyes it carries little credibility.

    dieter | 21 April 2012

    Why do people get so worked up about this business venture!? The organiser makes some money, the producers buy themselves a little publicity, the judges land some new material for their blogs, a printer gets a new order….
    The ant-camp completely overestimates the value consumers in the know place on stickers on bottles at this level. It really says more about the producers who enter than much else!

    Mark | 20 April 2012

    Rubbish competition. Rubbish results. No credibility. 

    Kwispedoor | 20 April 2012

    @ WILL: if you’re alive and out there – I’ve managed to get my mitts on that Grenache you wanted my opinion on. Said opinion is on that old thread (http://www.whatidranklastnight.co.za/what-i-drank-last-night/woolworths-nederburg-the-winemasters-reserve-grenache-2010/) so I thought I’d take a stab at finding you here. Hope you make sense from my rambling notes.

    Kwispedoor | 20 April 2012

    Like last year: generally good judges, list of winners, tasting procedure, etc. Like last year, less than 5% of the bottled wine in this country was entered into this competition and one out of every four wines that was entered, appears on the “Top 100” list – a hit rate of 25%. 

    ralph nader | 20 April 2012

    What this competition lacks is a certain level of credibility. To have a list of 100 Top SA Wines that has some form or gravitas you need a certain broad base of entrants. The question that nobody wants to answer no matter how hard you ask is: How many wines entered? 101 wines maybe…then perhaps making the Top 100 isn’t really such a big deal. 400, well that starts looking a bit better. 1000 wines and you have a level of credibility. 

    Also the wines are not scored. So what are you really been told? Again it comes down to numbers, if total number of entrants were only 200 wines then perhaps these winning wines are actually 3 star or 80 point wines. Hardly doing anything for South African fine wine development is it?

    Judging. Why fly a troop of international judges to SA? Because they have so called international palates, they are good at what they do etc etc etc By not scoring the wines surely you are actually wasting their talents. If only 400 wines were entered I am willing to take a bet that statistically anybody could come up with this winning list. It just a matter of picking the good from the bad, rather than deciphering the good from the really good or great.

    Tim Atkin and lead judge of Top 100,  last year went into fair detail on his blog regarding Platter 5 star wines, how he thought the 5 star Platter list for 2012 lacked credibility and questioned why certain producers didn’t make the list. Some of the producers he thought could have made Platter 5 start were: Adi Badenhorst, Eagle’s Nest, Waterford, Klein Constantia, De Morgenzon, Morgenster, Raal, Ken Forrester, Rust en Vrede, Ataraxia, Raats, Quoin Rock, Rijk’s, Tormentoso, Vergelegen, Zorgvliet. Yet none of these appear on his very own Top 100 SA Wines list….Why? No idea, maybe they never entered or maybe their wines just not good enough. We will never know. In addition I note that Stark-Conde Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 makes the Top 100 list. Yet Tim Atkin questioned when this very same wine made the Platter 5 star list, he feeling that it was worth no more than 3 ½ stars.  

    As you can see there are a few questions that need answering. Caveat emptor!

    Smirrie | 20 April 2012


    A great list but to put it into context before anyone can really compliment or criticize the list we as public needs to know which wines were entered.

    Without trying to mention certain farms but is see no wines from kanonkop or for example Bouchard Finlayson. But i dont know if they entered their wines or not.

    Then certain farms made the list last year but maybe this year their new vintage is not ready yet and is thus not in the list.

    So last years list then also come into context.

    But i love all these ratings Veritas, Platter, Michaelangelo etc.

    And lastly the New Classic Wine Magazine is splendid and their rating systems also good.

    Wine Greetings 

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