#CapeWineSeries : Top South African wines for the year 2015

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I had the pleasure of having a wine- infused conversation with a wine writer who has been in the business for over 20 years now. Mr. Wine writer went on to tell me how impressed he is with South African wines over the years and how South Africa’s wine production has grown by leaps and bounds and also how the wine quality has increased dramatically.

South Africa is currently ranked  the 9th largest wine-producing nation by volume which must mean that it produces some top notch wines. I tasted quite a number of excellent wines so I would know. From tasting the crisp Sauvignons, to honeyed Chenin Blancs and  Creamy chardonnays…they have quite a range of wines to offer even the most of  sophisticated palates I must admit.

To help wine merchants, sommeliers  and wine enthusiasts pick the best out of South African wines and help put them further up on the map of good wines, 12 expert Wine tasters from Diners Club Platter’s wine guide rated about 7,000 wines for this year’s edition and the winning wines were as follows:

WINE RATING SYSTEM

5 stars   – Superlative. A classic
4.5 Stars  – Outstanding
4 Stars     – Excellent
3.5 Stars  – Very good/promising
3 Stars  – Characterful/ appealing
2.5 Stars –  Good everyday drinking
2 Stars  – Pleasant drinking
1.5 Stars – Casual quaffing
1 Star  – Plain and Simple
0.5 Star –  Very ordinary
No star – somewhat less than ordinary

*All Wines of the year  received 5 stars

Winery of the year

Sadie Family Wines

red-wines

5 Stars and Red wine of the year

*De Traffford Blueprint Syrah 2012

Cabernet Sauvignon

*Groot Constantia 2012
*Le Riche Reserve 2011
*Nederburg II Centuries 2010
*Oldenburg 2011
*Stark-Conde Three Pines 2012

Pinotage

*Flagstone Time Manner Place 2012
*Kanonkop Black Label 2012

Pinot Noir

*Creation Reserve 2013
*Crystallum Cuvee Cinema 2013
*NewtonJohnson Family Vineyards 2013
*Sumaridge 2012

Shiraz/Syrah

*Boekenhoustskloof 2012
*Boschendal Cecil John Reserve 2012
*De Trafford Blueprint 2012
*Fable 2012
*Porseleinberg 2012

Red Blends

*Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2012
*Ernie Els CWG Auction Reserve 2012
*Hartenberg The Mackenzie 2011
*Thelema Rabelais 2010
*Vilafonte Series C 2011

whites

5 Stars and White Wine of the Year

-DeMorgenzon Reserve 2013

Chardonnay

-DeMorgenzon Reserve 2013
-Iona 2013
-Richard KershawElgin Clonal Selection 2013
-Sterhuis Barrel Selection 2012

Chenin Blanc

-Alheit Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2013
-Fram 2013
-Kaapzicht The 1947 2013Sauvignon blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

-Buitenverwachting Husseys Vlei 2013
-Diners Club Bartho Eksteen CWG Auction Reserve Vloekskoot 2013
-Reyneke Reserve White 2013

White Blends

-Constantia Uitsig Constantia White 2013
-David & Nadia Sadie Aristargos 2013
-DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2013
-Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve 2013
-Miles Mossop Saskia 2012
-Oak Valley Mountain Reserve White 2010
-Sadie Family Palladius 2012
-Sadie Family Skerpioen 2013

Brandybrandy

-Boplaas Postsill 20 Years
-KWV 12 Year Old Barrel Select
-KWV 15 Year Old Alambic
-KWV20 Year Old
-Oude Meester Souverin
-Van Ryn 12 Year Distillers Reaerve
-Van Ryn 20 Year Collectors Reserve
-Van Ryn Au. Ra

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MAUREEN OJUNGA

Maureen Ojunga is the newest Health enthusiast in town. She is also a gadget freak and a lover of all things WINE! Besides being a lover of life, she enjoys writing Relationships and Sex pieces and is also an Interior design junkie.

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