Monthly Archives: May 2015

SA Does Traditional Varieties Well

Mulderbosch Vineyards Barrel Fermented ChardonnayWriting for the TheTimes-Tribune.com on 13 May, David Falchek writes positively about the value of the South African varieties, Pinotage and Chenin Blanc (read the article here). He points out that as of 2013, the largest consumer of wine, the USA, accounts for only 6% of our exports. He suggests South African wine should feature more prominently. All-in-all we tend to agree.

But, David’s piece does include this: If someone doesn’t buy into pinotage or chenin, then South Africa will become the source of another cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay. South Africa can do those international varieties well, but the world doesn’t really need more of them. As far as we’re concerned, the world needs the best wines of every variety, even Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay – especially those from South Africa.

We hope that those who take David’s advice to stock up on the Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Rosé don’t miss the fact that Mulderbosch has a SAWi Grand Wine to its name… the Mulderbosch Vineyards Barrel Fermented Chardonnay. Why not try it, and let him know what he’s missing?

The SAWi Approach


There’s no shortage of wine competitions and reviews these days – and while each has credibility in its own right, it is remarkable how often the same wine is judged differently.

The result is that wine consumers are usually forced to rely on a multitude of wine results, interspersed with a diversity of competition structures every year. As annual results often appear to be little more than once-off subjective opinions, and tend to change remarkably, it leaves the majority of wine lovers somewhat confused.

This is where SAWi is able to help. The SAWi methodology compares and condenses results from 84 multinational competitions, reviews and listings, acknowledging the nature of the competition and additional accolades bestowed on a wine, and expresses this as a single number out of 100.

In other words, the SAWi system distills the collective wisdom of a multitude of authoritative wine competitions and wine reviews into a single point score which is consistent and drowns out much of the subjective noise of various judging panels. Through SAWi’s Mathematical algorithm patterns are recognized making it easy to distinguish wines which are consistently accepted as exceptional. Most importantly, it allows a comparison of like with like.

Highly rated SAWi wines have special value, especially given the rolling nature of rankings over multiple years of judgment. The SAWi rating sets an aspirational benchmark for quality and brings together top producers under a new brand concept promoting South Africa as a collective.

In this way, SAWi showcases top South African wines, and will continue to support excellence in wine making as the catalyst for progress and development.