Prescient Top 20 Wines SA: Tokara clinches Winery of the Year

by | Dec 14, 2020 | News

Photo caption: Craig Mockford (CEO, Prescient Fund Services), Stuart Botha (winemaker at Tokara), Christiaan Eedes (Winemag.co.za editor), Wendy Appelbaum (owner of DeMorgenZon), Penny Streeter (owner of Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate), Johann Fourie (head winemaker at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate), Adam Mason (winemaker at DeMorgenzon).

Winemag.co.za reviewed a total of 927 wine across 20 wine categories in its various reports sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient over the course of the year. Each report was based on the outcome of a blind tasting of wines entered within the specific category.

A Top 10 was then announced with the release of each successive report. Now the individual best wine per category plus ratings on the 100-point quality scale for all the Top 10 wines can be revealed.

Winery of the Year: Tokara

Acquired by businessman and banker GT Ferreira in 1994, Tokara in Stellenbosch (with vineyards in Elgin as well) is now firmly entrenched as one of South Africa’s top wineries. Aidan Morton is the long-serving viticulturist here while Stuart Botha, previously of Eagles’ Nest, took over from the accomplished Miles Mossop mid-2017.

The property earned a Top 10 spot in every Prescient Report it entered this year, the wines to feature being: Director’s Reserve White 2017, Reserve Collection Chardonnay 2019, Director’s Reserve Red 2017, Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 and Reserve Collection Syrah 2017. Moreover, three of these – the white blend, the Chardonnay and the Cabernet Sauvignon – were judged best in category.

Top 20 Wines SA 2020

Best Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Cap Classique

Best Cape White Blend

Tokara Reserve Collection 2017

Benguela Cove Joie de Vivre 2017

Cavalli Cremello 2017

95

93

95

Best Chardonnay Tokara Reserve Collection 2019 95
Best Chenin Blanc

Best Niche White Variety

DeMorgenzon Reserve 2018

Vergelegen Reserve Semillon 2018

95

93

Best Sauvignon Blanc – Unwooded Lanzerac 2019 93
Best Sauvignon Blanc – Wooded Mulderbosch 2019 94
Best Sauv-Sem Blend Tokara Director’s Reserve White 2017 95
Best Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Zorgvliet Richelle 2017 95
Best Merlot Vergelegen Reserve 2015 93
Best Niche Red Variety Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2017 94
Best Pinotage B Vinters Liberté 2018 94
Best Pinot Noir Flying Cloud Sovereign of the Seas 2018 94
Best Shiraz Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2017 94
Best Signature Red Blend

Best Muscadel

Rust en Vrede Estate 2017

Nuy Rooi Muskadel 2010

93

94

Best Noble Late Harvest Delheim Edelspatz 2019 93
Best Port-style De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2016 94
Best Straw Wine Villa Esposto Muscat d’Alexandrie 2017 92

DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc Reserve 2018 was Best White Wine Overall and Tokara Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 was Best Red Wine Overall.

For tasting notes plus scores of all the Top 10 wines, go to Winemag.co.za.

Johannesburg boutique wine retailer Dry Dock Liquor is offering all the best in category wines for sale – shop online at Drydockliquour.co.za.

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