The South African Wine Index (SAwi) has announced the winners of its annual Grand Wines Collection awards for 2016, naming the best wines in South Africa.
The SAWi compares and condenses results from 84 multinational competitions, reviews and listings, and acknowledges the nature of the competition and additional accolades bestowed on a wine, expressing all the data as a single number out of 100.
Using a score of 93 as the benchmark, wines scoring above that are considered part of the “Grand Wines Collection”.
The 2016 list is sourced from 585 wineries and more than 6000 wines. The ‘Grand Wines Collection’ currently includes 494 wines, with 203 wines, representing 66 wineries, achieving platinum status.
“This year, KWV took the most honours with 11 awards, followed by Cederberg’s and Spier’s 8, Saronsberg 7, while Bouchard Finlayson, Paul Cluver and Diemersdal received 6 awards each,” SAwi said.
“As with a golf or tennis rating system, having received the most accolades does not necessarily imply a number 1 ranking position, but such performances take these wineries close to being coveted trophy winners.”
The table below shows which are the best wines in the country in every category assessed by SAwi.
You can view the full listing here.
|Bordeaux Blend||De Toren Private Cellar Fusion V Cabernet Cab Franc Petit Verdot Merlot Malbec|
|Brandy||Van Ryn’s 12 YO Distillers Reserve Brandy|
|Cabernet Franc||Warwick Estate Cabernet Franc|
|Cabernet Sauvignon||Annandale Wines Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Cape Blend||Windmeul Cellar Cape Blend Reserve Pinotage Cab Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot|
|Cape Port||Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Vintage Reserve Port|
|Chardonnay||Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay|
|Chenin Blanc||De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc|
|Cinsaut||Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Pofadder Cinsault|
|Colombard||Bon Courage Andre’s Fame Colombard|
|Dessert & Fortified Wine||Paul Cluver Estate Wines Riesling Noble Late Harvest|
|Gewürtstraminer||Paul Cluver Estate Wines Gewürtstraminer|
|Grenaché||Vriesenhof Vineyards Grenachè|
|Grenaché Blanc||KWV Mentors Grenaché Blanc|
|Malbec||Doolhof Wine Estate Signatures of Doolhof Malbec|
|Merlot||Annandale Wines Merlot|
|Méthode Cap Classique||The House of JC Le Roux Pongrảcz Desiderius Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classic|
|Petit Verdot||KWV The Mentors Petit Verdot|
|Pinotage||Rijks Private Cellar Pinotage|
|Pinot Noir||Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir|
|Red Blend (other)||Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal Sangiovese Pinot Shiraz Mourvèdre Nebiolo Barbera|
|Rhone Blend||Saronsberg Full Circle Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier|
|Riesling||Jordan Wine Estate The Real McCoy Riesling|
|Sauvignon Blanc||Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc|
|Semillon||Cederberg Private Cellar David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon|
|Shiraz||Eagles Nest Shiraz|
|Sweet Wine||Klein Constantia Estate Vin de Constance|
|Tinta Barocca||Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Treinspoor Tinta Barocca|
|Viognier||Eagles Nest Viognier|
|White Wine Blend||Tokara Director’s Reserve White Sauvignon Blanc Semillon|
Source: Business Tech