Blending involves the combination of grape varieties with different but complementary characteristics to achieve greater complexity. The category of wines made according to the Bordeaux template is well established in South Africa however there is a multitude of other red blends (some of them ultra-premium concept wines) and this report is intended to put these under scrutiny.
63 entries were received from 46 producers for this year’s competition. 16 wines were rated 90 or higher on the 100-point quality scale and these were recognised during an event held at Ellerman House in Bantry Bay on Wednesday, 27 July.
The top wines were as follows:
Joostenberg Bakermat 2014
Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Granum 2014
Solms-Delta Hiervandaan 2014
Eikendal Charisma 2014
Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2014
Guardian Peak Summit 2014
Ken Forrester The Gypsy 2012
KWV The Mentors Canvas 2014
Leipzig Master Blend 2015
Nederburg Ingenuity Spanish Blend 2012
Opstal Carl Everson Cape Blend 2014
Orange River Cellars Lyra Vega 2013
Rust en Vrede Estate 2013
KWV Cathedral Cellar Triptych 2013
Romond Vineyards Rebus Cape Cuvée 2011
Zonnebloem Shiraz Mouvèdre Viognier 2014
A full report on the state of the category can be found on the Winemag.co.za site.
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Winemag.co.za, in conjunction with Laurium Capital are hosting a Cape Town and Johannesburg Public Tastings event to showcase the top-rated Signature Red Blends. Tickets are available online for 17 August at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront and 18 August at Summer Place Hyde Park respectively.