Yesterday (09 July), the results of the top 10 performers in the fifth annual Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report 2019 were announced at Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate in Somerset-West.

65 entries were received from 53 producers for this year’s competition and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by the three-person panel, Christian Eedes, Roland Peens and James Pietersen, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. According to WineMag, the standard of wine were as good as ever with 29 of the 65 wines rating 90-plus. The Stellenbosch district once again dominated proceedings by producing seven of the top 10 and 20 of the top 29 wines rated 90-plus.

Congratulations to Virginia Povall for the Botanica Arboretum 2017, top wine with 94-points and recipient of a new 300-litre Selection barrel worth €903 (equivalent to R14 330 at the time of writing) from Tonnellerie Sylvain.

The top 10 wines (with rating alongside) are as follows:

Babylonstoren Nebukadnesar 2017 – 92
Botanica Arboretum 2017 – 94
Eikendal Classique 2017 – 92
Leipzig Grand Master 2017 – 93
Morgenster Estate Reserve 2014 – 93
Morgenster Lourens River Valley 2014 – 92
MR de Compostella 2016 – 92
Raats Family Wines Jasper Red Blend 2017 – 93
Remhoogte Sir Thomas Cullinan 2015 – 93
Vrede en Lust Boet Erasmus 2016 – 92


Winner of the Winemag Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report 2019: Virginia Povall (second from right) for her Botanica Arboretum 2017.

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