Why insist on Chenin Blanc? It's what make such wines particularly, if not uniquely, of this country. If we were to make Chenin Blanc non-compulsory then producers forfeit a significant point of difference relative to wines from elsewhere in the world - with approximately 17 500ha of Chenin in the ground, it's our most planted variety and we should find ways to celebrate it.
38 entries from 32 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.
Wines to rate 90 points or higher on the 100-point quality scale were as follows:
Boplaas Gamka Branca Reserve 2017
Org de Rac Die Waghuis 2017
The Fledge & Co. Vagabond 2017
Van Wyk Family Wines Olivia Grace 2017
Lammershoek The Mysteries White Blend 2017
Painted Wolf Pictus VI 2017
Beaumont New Baby 2017
Cavalli Cremello 2016
Darling Lime Kilns 2017
Malanot Flower Pot White Blend 2014
Muratie Laurens Campher 2017
Springfontein Limestone Rocks Darkside of the Moon 2016
B Vintners Haarlem to Hope 2017
Fairview Nurok 2017
Painted Wolf Pictus V 2016
Perdeberg The Dry Land Collection Rossouw's Heritage 2017
Zevenwacht The Tin Mine 2017
A ringer in the form of the Chapoutier Belleruche Blanc 2016 was included. From France’s Côtes du Rhône, this wine obviously does not contain Chenin Blanc but is broadly similar in style to what many are trying to achieve with Cape White Blends. It rated 90 points.
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