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Winemag.co.za Blind Panel Tasting Programme 2020

By , 9 December 2019



Winemag.co.za will be increasing its programme of category reviews in 2020, these conducted by a three-person panel tasting blind (labels out of sight). New categories that are being added to the schedule include 1). Cap Classique, 2). Chenin Blanc, 3). Pinotage and 4). Sweet Wine and Fortifieds while Sauv-Sem Blends and Wooded Sauvignon Blanc will be tasted next to Unwooded Sauvignon Blanc.

The judging panel consists of editor Christian Eedes plus two trusted colleagues, namely Roland Peens and James Pietersen, both of Wine Cellar, Cape Town merchants and cellarers of fine wine – next year marks the 10th anniversary since this panel first convened.

Reports will be released successively and the year will culminate in a gala event in Cape Town where we celebrate the best in each category and then the intention is to take these top wines on a roadshow to Johannesburg and London.

The programme is as follows:

Category Month of publication
10 Year Old Wine Report February
Cap Classique Report March
Sweet Wine and Fortifieds Report March
Chenin Blanc Report June
Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report June
Cape Bordeaux Red Blend ReportJuly
Merlot Report July
Shiraz ReportAugust
Pinotage Report August
Signature Red Blend Report September
Tonnelerie Saint Martin Pinot Noir Report September
Sauvignon Blanc Report September
Prescient Chardonnay ReportOctober
Gala EventOctober
Roadshow November

For full details concerning submission dates, download the following: Winemag Reports Calendar 2020 Amended



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    Kevin R | 10 December 2019

    @Carlos IMO There isn’t anything wrong with those categories (number nor importance as a genre).
    As you’ve highlighted however, I agree that the quality of entrants will decide the relevance.

    Carlos | 9 December 2019

    You’re completely overdoing the reports and at best the relevance is limited because you don’t have the best producers entering anymore precisely because it is too much, too often.

      Christian Eedes | 10 December 2019

      Hi Carlos, We believe that a blind tasting is the fairest way to assess wine and are confident that we will attract a critical mass of significant producers to participate next year.

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