22 June 2017

2017 SA Wine & Cellar Classifications – Top Wine SA

2017 SA Wine & Cellar Classifications  –  Top Wine SA

  • The top South African wines and cellars over the past 10 years – best track records from 2007 to 2016 inclusive

  • Consensus of the top panels – a pooling of expert opinions about South African wines reviewed around the globe

The SA Wine Classification and SA Cellar Classification – updated annually since 2004 – are based on the top ratings and awards from experts in the world’s most respected forums for the assessment of wine quality and interest value where South Africa has a significant presence. This involves reviews by panels of judges who conduct their assessments in a ‘blind tasting’ environment, i.e. with the names of the wines and their producers withheld so as not to influence the jury either positively or negatively in terms of brand perceptions or price tags.

The Classifications take into account ratings and awards presented during the previous 10 years, whereby eligibility for selection requires at least three vintages of a wine to receive a good review by at least one of the top panels during the period under review. Depending on the number of vintages for which the leading wines receive top accolades, the number of good ratings as well as how glowing the reviews are, the very best track records in various categories are highlighted in showcasing which of South Africa’s wines and cellars are most highly fancied most often.

Management of the SA Wine & Cellar Classifications by Mike Froud, editor of Top Wine SA:

Web www.topwinesa.com         Email mike@topwinesa.com         Mobile  083 443 8115

Seeking consenses among the world’s wine experts

Top SA Chenin Blanc – 2017 Classification

TOP 20 TRACK RECORDS OVER PAST 10 YEARS WITH TOP 10 HIGHLIGHTED

BEAUMONT HOPE MARGUERITE

BELLINGHAM THE BERNARD SERIES OLD VINE

BOTANICA

DeMORGENZON RESERVE

Graham Beck Bowed Head

Jean Daneel Signature

KANU KCB

Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve

KEN FORRESTER THE FMC

KLEINE ZALZE CELLAR SELECTION BUSH VINES

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Old Bush Vine

KLEINE ZALZE VINEYARD SELECTION

KWV Cathedral Cellar

KWV The Mentors

Oldenburg

Rijk’s Private Cellar Barrel Fermented

Simonsig Chenin Avec Chêne

SPIER 21 GABLES

Spier Private Collection

STELLENRUST BARREL FERMENTED

* The Top 100 Cellar Classification is based on the ratings of wines that are unfortified,

i.e. with no spirit added

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