Over the past few months, Winemag.co.za has convened a series of tastings aimed at finding the best wines costing between R60 to R120 a bottle. Their intention was to identify great everyday drinking – wines which offer refreshment and flavour under ordinary circumstances, are widely available and don’t cost too much.

 

Minimum stock requirement that producers had to meet was 300 six-bottle cases or 1800 bottles and wines were be tasted blind by a three-person panel of experienced judges using the 100-point system.

Below are all the wines to rate 88 or more by type/variety:

CHARDONNAY

90
Fat Bastard 2018 – Price: R95

88
Cape Town Wine Co. 2018 – Price: R65
De Krans Wild Ferment Unwooded 2018 – Price: R74
Laibach The Ladybird 2018 (Woolworths) – Price: R90


CHENIN BLANC

91
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2018 – Price: R108
Schultz Family Wines Skeleton Bay 2018 – Price: R120

90
Tierhoek 2017 – Price: R118

89
Alvi’s Drift Signature 2019 – Price: R60
Wildeberg & Kompanjie Wild House 2018 – Price: R60

88
Balance Winemakers Selection 2019 – Price: R68
Croyden Title Deed 2018 – Price: R83
Fat Bastard 2018 – Price: R95
Ken Forrester 2018 – Price: R60
Mulderbosch Steen op Hout 2018 – Price: R80
Opstal 2018 – Price: R100
Rietvallei 2018 – Price: R80


SAUVIGNON BLANC

90
DeMorgenzon DMZ 2019 – Price: R110
Perdeberg Cellar The Vineyard Collection 2019 – Price: R70
Zevenwacht 7even 2019 – Price: R66

89
Breëland 2019 – Price: R65
Daschbosch 2019 – Price: R90
Ken Forrester Petit 2019 – Price: R60

88
Bruce Jack 2019 – Price: R60
Cape Point Vineyards 2019 – Price: R98
Trizanne Signature Wines TSW 2019 – Price: R88
Strydom Family Wines The Freshman 2019 – Price: R90


WHITE BLENDS

91
Lammershoek The Innocent Chenin Blanc Viognier Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – Price: R94

90
Acheron Wines & Spirits Forager White 2019 – Price: R90

89
Vrede en Lust White Mischief 2018 – Price: R89

88
Babylonstoren Candide 2018 – Price: R88
The Drift Bonfire Hill White Blend 2018 – Price: R89


CABERNET SAUVIGNON                            

90
Landskroon 2017 – Price: R80

89
Du Preez Private Cellar 2015 – Price: R63
Nuy Winery Mastery 2017 – Price: R115

88
Ernie Els Big Easy 2018 – Price: R86
Morgenster 2018 – Price: R100


MERLOT

89
Le Sueur Wines Wild Card Queen of Hearts 2018 – Price: R72

88
Badsberg 2018 – Price: R60
Leopards Leap Family Vineyards 2018 – Price: R60
Morgenster 2018 – Price: R100


PINOTAGE                       

90
Bader & Walters 2016 – Price: R80
Bloemendal Waterlily 2016 -Price: R95

89
Bonnievale River Collection 2018 – Price: R70
Lammershoek The Innocent 2017 – Price: R94
Slanghoek Private Selection 2017 – Price: R65

88
Silkbush Mountain Vineyards 2017 – Price: R92


SHIRAZ               

90
Stellenrust 2017 – Price: R74
Lammershoek The Innocent 2017  – Price: R94

89
Bruce Jack 2018 – Price: R60
Guardian Peak 2018 – Price: R95
Robertson 2018 – Price: R72

88
Cavalli Black Beauty 2016 – Price: R100
De Wet 2017 – Price: R60
Ormonde The Old Block 2015 – Price: R95
Simonsig Mr Borio’s 2017 – Price: R110
Wildeberg & Kompanjie Wild House 2018 – Price: R70


RED BLENDS                    

90
Mountain Ridge Wines De Liefde Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot NV – Price: R65

89
Dornier Cocoa Hill Red 2017 – Price: R84
Gabrielskloof The Blend 2017 – Price: R120
Lammershoek The Innocent SMG 2017 – Price: R95
Tierhoek Grenache Syrah MourvEdre 2017 – Price: R117

88
Kaapzicht Bin 3 2016 – Price: R90
The Drift Bonfire Hill Red Blend  2018R69 – Price: R69

For a hard copy of the results, including tasting notes and background information about all the wines rated 89 and above, download and print the following: Best Value Tastings 2019

 

 

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