Winemag.co.za is pleased to present the second annual Cape White Blend Report – in order to be eligible, wines had to contain a Chenin Blanc component of more than 15% and less than 85%.
Why insist on Chenin Blanc as a component? It’s what makes such wines particularly, if not uniquely, of this country. If we were to make Chenin Blanc non-compulsory then producers forfeit a significant point of difference relative to wines from elsewhere in the world – with approximately 18 000 ha of Chenin in the ground, it’s our most planted variety and we should find ways to celebrate it.
There were 38 wines in the line-up, these judged blind, labels out of sight. 22 wines were rated 90 or higher on the 100-point quality scale and these were recognised during an event held at Fairview in Paarl on Wednesday, 15 November.
Keermont Terrasse 2015
Lammershoek Terravinum Reserve White 2016
Solms Delta Amalie 2015
Cavalli Cremello 2015
Lammershoek The Innocent White Blend 2015
Olifantsberg Blanc 2016
Painted Wolf Peloton Blanc 2016
Fairview Nurok 2016
Muratie Laurens Campher 2016
Bergsig Icarus 2016
Blake’s Family Wines Tourmaline 2016
Darling Cellars Lime Kilns 2016
Eerste Hoop Lodewijk X 2017
Miles Mossop Saskia 2014
Sijnn White 2016
Bosman Family Vineyards Adama 2016
B Vintners Haarlem to Hope 2016
Leipzig White Leipzig 2017
Marvelous Yellow 2015
Rascallion Vinyl Collection 33 1/3 RPM 2017
Vrede en Lust Artisan Range Chenin Blanc Semillon 2016
Zevenwacht The Tin Mine White 2016
To read the report in full, go to http://winemag.co.za/cape-white-blend-report-2017-results/.
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