Winemag releases its much-anticipated Prescient Chardonnay report

by | Oct 19, 2018 | Blog, Lifestyle, News

Winemag.co.za, in association with financial services company Prescient, announced the top Chardonnays – from a record number of 117 entries – at a celebratory sundowner event at the Norval Foundation in Cape Town on Tuesday, 16 October.

The report, which is compiled by SA wine critic Christian Eedes and his panel of expert wine judges, highlights two key facts: South Africa’s ability to produce exceptional Chardonnays across multiple regions and the category’s continuing increase in quality. Out of the top 24 wines, 10 were from Stellenbosch, six were from Elgin, three were from the greater Hemel-en-Aarde area, two from Franschhoek, one from Constantia, one from Darling and one a multi-regional blend.

Speaking at the awards, Eedes indicated that the overall quality of the wines in the line-up this year was excellent, with an average score being 89.9/100. “This would suggest that local Chardonnay is not in some mysterious state of stagnation but rather going from strength to strength,” Eedes states in his report.

Ultimately, there were five wines which topped the rankings, each scoring 94/100, these being: Delaire Terraced Block Reserve 2016, La Bri 2017, Le Riche 2017, Meerlust 2017 and Paul Cluver Seven Flags 2017.

Winemag Business Unit Director, Jacqueline Lahoud commented: “The Chardonnay category is a highlight on the annual Winemag Report calendar, and we would like to thank our sponsor Prescient, for their ongoing support. This company specialises in investment and it is worth pointing out that any of these Chardonnays will make excellent investments – if only for the drinking pleasure they will all deliver on in the future!”

RESULTS:

Wines to rate 90 or higher were as follows:

94
Delaire Graff Terraced Block Reserve 2016

94
La Bri 2017 – Cybercellar price: R137

94
Le Riche 2017 – Cybercellar price: R155

94
Meerlust 2017 – Cybercellar price: R232

94
Paul Cluver Seven Flags 2017

93
Creation Reserve 2017

93
Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve 2017

93
DeMorgenzon Reserve 2017 – Cybercellar price: R425

93
Domaine Des Dieux 2014

93
Eikendal 2017 – Cybercellar price: R178

93
Groot Constantia 2017 – Cybercellar price: R240

93
Hartenberg The Eleanor 2016 – Cybercellar price: R380

93
Henri Boillot Meursault 2016

93
Kershaw GPS Lower Duivenhoks River 2017

93
Kruger Family Wines Walker Bay 2017

93
Longridge 2017

93
Malanot Malan Family Reserve 2016

93
Oak Valley Groenlandberg 2017 – Cybercellar price: R260

93
Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2015

93
Sutherland Elgin 2017 – Cybercellar price: R140

92
Elgin Vintners 2014

92
Groote Post Kapokberg 2017 – R180

92
Journey’s End Destination 2017 – Cybercellar price:R282

92
Kershaw Clonal Selection Elgin 2017

92
La Motte 2017 – Cybercellar price: R140

92
Tokara Reserve Collection Stellenbosch 2017 – Cybercellar price: R195

91
Almenkerk 2017

91
Bartinney Hourglass 2017

91
Eikendal Infused by Earth 2016

91
Goedverwacht Maxim Limited Release 2017

91
Iona 2017

91
Jordan Nine Yards 2016

91
Longridge 2016

91
Neil Ellis Whitehall Elgin 2017

91
Plaisir de Merle 2017

91
Stellenbosch Vineyards Credo 2016

91
Stellenbosch Vineyards Credo 2017

91
Uva Mira The Mira 2017

91
Uva Mira The Single Tree 2016

91
Vrede en Lust Marguerite 2016

90
Aaldering 2017

90
Babylonstoren 2017 – Cybercellar price: R239

90
Badsberg Sur Lie 2017

90
Bersig Barrel Fermented 2016

90
Cape Point Vineyards 2017

90
Creation The Art of Chardonnay 2017

90
Durbanville Hills 2017

90
Edgebaston 2017

90
Esona Single Vineyard 2015

90
Fleur du Cap Series Privée 2017

90
Glen Carlou Quartzstone 2017

90
Haskell Anvil 2017

90
Hazendal 2017

90
Highlands Road 2016

90
Highlands Road 2017

90
Jordan Barrel Fermented 2017 – Cybercellar price: R172

90
Julien Schaal Evidence 2017

90
Julien Schaal Confluence 2017

90
Kershaw The Smuggler’s Boot 2016

90
Kershaw The Smuggler’s Boot 2017

90
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2017 – Cybercellar price: R120

90
Kruger Family Wines Klipkop 2017

90
La Vierge Jezebelle 2017 – Cybercellar price: R145

90
Louisvale 2017

90
Lourensford Limited Release 2017

90
Môreson Dr. Reason Why 2017

90
Muratie Isabella Reserve 2017

90
Oldenburg Vineyards 2017

90
Paul Cluver Estate 2017

90
Rustenberg Five Soldiers 2017

90
Stellenbosch Reserve Moederkerk 2018

90
Stonebird 2016

90
Sutherland Elgin Reserve 2016 – Cybercellar price: R300

90
Uva Mira 2016

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