South Africa’s Top 100 most highly rated wines – 2019 Classification

by | Jan 9, 2019 | Blog, Lifestyle, News

The following are the most highly rated wines of the Cape over the past 10 years – those with the best track records involving numerous vintages in over 30 local and international forums for the assessment of wine quality and interest value between 2009 and 2018 (inclusive) as celebrated in the annual South African Wine & Cellar Classifications.

To be eligible for the Classification, updated annually since 2004, wines must have earned good to excellent reviews from one or more of the top panels of judges for at least three vintages during the 10-year period under review. The focus is on the country’s leading outfits, those regularly on top form, their wines judged top-notch again and again, year after year. The critics include experts appointed for the Decanter World Wine Awards (UK), the International Wine Challenge (UK) and IWSC (UK), Platter’s SA Wine Guide (5 Stars and Highly Recommended), the Six Nations Wine Challenge (AU), the Trophy Wine Show (SA), the Veritas Awards (SA) and the Michelangelo awards (SA) – to mention just some of the panels.

The full Classifications and more information about the selection criteria can be viewed at and are also available on request via email to

Top 100 South African Wines – 2019 Classification

The most highly rates wines of the Cape over the past 10 years (2009-2018)

White Wines

CHARDONNAY: Chamonix Reserve | Fleur du Cap Unfiltered (Bergkelder) | Groot Constantia | Hamilton Russell | Jordan Barrel Fermented | Jordan Nine Yards | Oak Valley Groenlandberg | Paul Cluver Estate | Rustenberg Five Soldiers | Rustenberg Stellenbosch | Sumaridge | Tokara Reserve Collection Stellenbosch | Uva Mira Single Tree

CHENIN BLANC: Beaumont Hope Marguerite | Botanica | DeMorgenzon Reserve | Ken Forrester FMC | Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection | Spier 21 Gables | Stellenrust Barrel Fermented

SAUVIGNON BLANC: Cape Point Reserve | Cederberg | Diemersdal Eight Rows | Diemersdal MM Louw | Ghost Corner (Cederberg) | Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run | Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sur Lie | Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin

SEMILLON: Ghost Corner (Cederberg)

WHITE BLENDS: Cape Point Isliedh | Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon | Nederburg Ingenuity | Nitida Coronata Integration | Sadie Palladius  | Spier Creative Block 2  | Strandveld Adamastor  | Tokara Director’s Reserve | Vergelegen G.V.B

Sparkling Wine

CAP CLASSIQUE: Graham Beck Brut Blanc de Blancs | Villiera Monro Brut

Red Wines

CABERNET FRANC: Raats Family | Warwick

CABERNET SAUVIGNON: Cederberg Five Generations | Eikendal | Flagstone Music Room | Kanonkop | Kleine Zalze Family Reserve | Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection | Le Riche Reserve | Nederburg Two Centuries | Rustenberg Peter Barlow | Stark-Condé Three Pines

MERLOT: Shannon Mount Bullet


PINOT NOIR: Chamonix Reserve | Hamilton Russell | Newton Johnson Family Vineyards | Paul Cluver Seven Flags

PINOTAGE: Beyerskloof Diesel | Diemersdal Reserve | Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Reserve | Flagstone Writer’s Block | Kanonkop | KWV Mentors | Rijk’s Reserve | Simonsig Redhill | Spier 21 Gables | Wildekrans Barrel Select Reserve | Windmeul Reserve

SHIRAZ / SYRAH: Cederberg | De Grendel | Eagles’ Nest | Groot Constantia | Hartenberg Stork | Kleine Zalze Family Reserve | Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof Syrah | Saronsberg | Saronsberg Provenance

RED BLENDS: Delaire Graff Botmaskop | Diemersdal Private Collection | Ernie Els Signature | Kanonkop Paul Sauer | KWV Mentors Orchestra | La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier | Morgenster Estate Reserve | Rust en Vrede Estate | Saronsberg Full Circle | Spier Creative Block 3 | Spier Creative Block 5 | Tokara Director’s Reserve

Sweet Wines

UNFORTIFIED DESSERT: Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest (Bergkelder) | Groot Constantia Grand Constance | Klein Constantia Vin de Constance | Mullineux Straw Wine | Nederburg Edelkeur Chenin Blanc Noble Late | Nederburg Eminence Noble Late Muscadel | Nederburg Winemasters Noble Late Harvest | Paul Cluver Riesling Noble Late Harvest

FORTIFIED DESSERT: Nuy White Muscadel | Orange River Cellars White Muscadel

CAPE PORT: Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve | De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve

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