2017 SAWi Platinum & Grand Gold Recipients

PLATINUM RECIPIENTS
AA Badenhorst Family Red Shiraz Mourvedre Grenache Cinsault
Aaldering Vineyards & Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Aaldering Vineyards & Wines Pinotage
Aaldering Vineyards & Wines Sauvignon Blanc
Alheit Vineyards Cartology Chenin Blanc Semillon
Alheit Vineyards Magnetic North Mountain Makstok Chenin Blanc
Annandale Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
Annandale Wines Cape Vintage Port
Annandale Wines Cavalier Reserve Blend Merlot Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
Annandale Wines Merlot
Annandale Wines Nostalgia Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Cinsault
Annandale Wines Shiraz
Ataraxia Wines Chardonnay
Avondale Anima Chenin Blanc
Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc
Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Shiraz
Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage
Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon Franschhoek
Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest Semillon
Boekenhoutskloof Syrah Franschhoek
Bon Courage Andre’s Fame Colombard
Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Tawny Vintners Reserve Port
Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Tawny Port
Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Vintage Reserve Port
Boschkloof Wines Epilogue Shiraz
Boschkloof Wines Shiraz
Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal Sangiovese Pinot Shiraz Mourvèdre Nebbiolo Barbera
Bouchard Finlayson Overberg Crocodile’s Lair Chardonnay Kaaimansgat
Bouchard Finlayson Tete de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
Cape Chamonix Wine Farm Chardonnay Reserve
Cape Chamonix Wine Farm Pinot Noir Reserve
Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Cape Point Vineyards Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Cederberg Private Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon
Cederberg Private Cellar David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Elim Sauvignon Blanc
Cederberg Private Cellar David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon
Cederberg Private Cellar Sauvignon Blanc
Cederberg Private Cellar Shiraz
Constantia Glen Five Merlot Cabernet Malbec Cab Franc Petit Verdot
Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc
Creation Wines Reserve Merlot
Creation Wines Reserve Pinot Noir
Crystallum Clay Shales Chardonnay
D’Aria Wines Songbird Sauvignon Blanc
David & Nadia Sadie Aristargos Chenin Blanc Viognier Clairette Roussanne
De Grendel Wines Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc
De Grendel Wines Merlot
De Grendel Wines Rubaiyat Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc
De Grendel Wines Shiraz
De Krans Cape Tawny Port
De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve Port
De Morgenzon Maestro Chenin Chardonnay Roussanne Viognier
De Morgenzon Reserve Chardonnay
De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc
De Toren Private Cellar Fusion V Cabernet Cab Franc Malbec Merlot Petit Verdot
De Wetshof Bateleur Chardonnay
De Wetshof Danie De Wet Nature in Concert Pinot Noir
Delaire Graff Estate Botmaskop Cabernet Cab Franc Merlot Petit Verdot Malbec
Delaire Graff Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch Reserve
Delheim Estate Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest
Diemersdal Estate Pinotage Reserve
Diemersfontein Wines Carpe Diem Pinotage Reserve
Distell Van Ryn’s 12 Year Old Distiller’s Reserve Brandy
Distell Van Ryn’s 15 Year Old Fine Cask Reserve Brandy
Distell Van Ryn’s 20 Year Old Collector’s Reserve Brandy
Doolhof Wine Estate Signatures of Doolhof SV Malbec
Doolhof Wine Estate Signatures of Doolhof SV Pinotage
Eagles’ Nest Shiraz
Eagles’ Nest Viognier
Fairview Wines Limited Release Eenzaamheid Shiraz
Flagstone Winery Free Run Elim Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Flagstone Winery Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon
Flagstone Winery Writer’s Block Pinotage
Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest
Glenelly Cellars Lady May Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot
Glenwood Chardonnay Vigneron’s Selection
Graham Beck Ad Honorem Pheasant’s Run Sauvignon Blanc
Graham Beck Ad Honorem The Ridge Syrah
Graham Beck Brut Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV Mèthode Cap Classique
Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV Mèthode Cap Classique
Graham Beck Chardonnay Blanc de Blanc Brut Mèthode Cap Classique
Graham Beck Cuvée Clive Chardonnay Pinot Noir Mèthode Cap Classique
Grande Provence Chardonnay
Groot Constantia Estate Pinotage
Groot Constantia Estate Chardonnay
Groot Constantia Estate Gouverneurs Red Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Malbec
Groot Constantia Estate Grand Constance Muscat de Frontignan
Groot Constantia Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Groot Constantia Estate Shiraz
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir
Hartenberg The Stork Shiraz
Iona Vineyards Chardonnay
Jordan Wine Estate Cobblers Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot
Jordan Wine Estate Nine Yards Reserve Chardonnay
Jordan Wine Estate The Real McCoy Riesling
Joubert Tradauw Wingerde & Kelder Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Journey’s End Vineyards Destination Chardonnay
Journey’s End Vineyards Single Vineyard Chardonnay
Kaapzicht Wine Estate Steytler Pinotage
Kanonkop Estate Black Label Pinotage
Kanonkop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Kanonkop Estate Paul Sauer Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot
Kanonkop Estate Pinotage
Keermont Vineyards Syrah
Keermont Vineyards Terasse Chenin Blanc Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc Viognier
Ken Forrester Wines Icon Range The FMC Chenin Blanc
Ken Forrester Wines Icon Range The Gypsy Shiraz Grenache
Ken Forrester Wines Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc
Klein Constantia Estate Rhine Riesling
Klein Constantia Estate Vin de Constance
Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Chenin Blanc
Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Shiraz
Kleine Zalze Wines Vineyard Selection Chardonnay Barrel Fermented
KWV 15 Year Old Alambic Brandy
KWV 20 Year Old Brandy
KWV Abraham Perold Tributum Cape Blend Shiraz Pinotage Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Petite Syrah
KWV Classic Collection Cape Tawny Port
KWV The Mentors Cabernet Sauvignon
KWV The Mentors Canvas Shiraz Grenache Cincault Tempranillo
KWV The Mentors Chardonnay
KWV The Mentors Grenache Blanc
KWV The Mentors Orchestra Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Merlot Cab Franc Shiraz
KWV The Mentors Petit Verdot
KWV The Mentors Pinotage
KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc
KWV The Mentors Semillon
KWV The Mentors Shiraz
KWV Vintage White Jerepigo
La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon
La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc
La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Viognier
Laborie Wine Farm Alambic Potstill Brandy
Laibach Vineyards The Ladybird Red Cab Franc Petit Verdot Malbec
Le Riche Wines Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Lynx Wines Shiraz
Meerlust Rubicon Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc
Miles Mossop Wines Kika Chenin Dessert Wine Noble Late Harvest
Mont du Toit Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Shiraz
Môreson The Widowmaker Pinotageò
Morgenster Estate Reserve Merlot Cab Sauvignon Cab Franc Petit Verdot
Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Straw Wine
Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines White Chenin Blanc Clairette Semillon Gris Viognier
Mullineux Family Wines Granite Syrah
Mullineux Family Wines Schist Syrah
Mullineux Family Wines Syrah Swartland
Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Noble Late Harvest Muscadel
Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest Chenin Blanc Muscat de Frontignac
Neethlingshof Estate Gewűrztraminer
Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Chardonnay
Newton Johnson Vineyards Family Reserve Pinot Noir
Nitida Coronata Integration Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Oak Valley Wines Elgin Chardonnay
Oak Valley Wines Pinot Noir
Paul Cluver Estate Wines Chardonnay (Elgin)
Paul Cluver Estate Wines Gewűrztraminer
Paul Cluver Estate Wines Riesling
Paul Cluver Estate Wines Riesling Noble Late Harvest
Paul Cluver Estate Wines Seven Flags Pinot Noir
Perdeberg Winery The Dry Land Collection Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc
Pongrácz Grand Cuveè Desiderius Mèthode Cap Classique
Porseleinberg Shiraz
Raats Family Wines Mvemve Raats de Compostella Bordeaux Blend
Raka Biography Shiraz
Rall White Chenin Blanc Verdelho Chardonnay Viognier
Reyneke Wines Biodynamic Reserve Chenin Blanc
Reyneke Wines Reserve Red Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon
Reyneke Wines Reserve White Sauvignon Blanc
Richard Kershaw Clonal Selection Elgin Chardonnay
Rijk’s Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage
Rijk’s Reserve Chenin Blanc Barrel Fermented
Robertson Winery Constitution Road Shiraz
Rust en Vrede Estate 1694 Classification Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
Rustenberg Wines Buzzard Kloof Syrah
Rustenberg Wines Five Soldiers Chardonnay
Rustenberg Wines John X Merriman Cab Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Petit Verdot
Rustenberg Wines Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon
Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Kokerboom Semillon Pinot Gris
Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Skurfberg Chenin Blanc
Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series T Voetpad Chenin Blanc, Semillon Palomino
Sadie Family Wines Signature Series Columella Shiraz Allée
Sadie Family Wines Signature Series Palladius Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc Marsanne Roussanne
Saronsberg Cellar Provenance Range Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot
Saronsberg Cellar Full Circle Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier
Saronsberg Cellar Provenance Range Seismic Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot Malbec
Saronsberg Cellar Provenance Range Shiraz
Saronsberg Cellar Sauvignon Blanc
Saronsberg Cellar Shiraz
Saronsberg Cellar Viognier
Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet Merlot
Sijnn Red Blend Syrah Touriga Nacional Mourvèdre Trincadeira Cabernet Sauvignon
Simonsig Estate Red Hill Pinotage
Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc
Spier 21 Gables Pinotage
Spier Creative Block 2 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Spier Creative Block 3 Selection Rhone Blend Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier
Stark-Condé Three Pines Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon
Stellenrust ’51’ Chenin Blanc Barrel Fermented
Strandveld Wines Adamastor Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
Sumaridge Wines Chardonnay
Sumaridge Wines Pinot Noir
The High Road Classique Cabernet Merlot Cab Franc
Tokara Directors Reserve Red Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Merlot Cab Franc Malbec
Tokara Directors Reserve White Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc
Veenwouden Merlot
Vergelegen Wines G.V.B. White Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Vergelegen Wines Reserve Chardonnay
Vergelegen Wines V Cabernet Sauvignon
Villiera Wines Prestige Cuvée Monro Brut Mèthode Cap Classique
Vondeling Babiana Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc Viognier Chardonnay
Vriesenhof Vineyards Chardonnay
Vriesenhof Vineyards Grenache
Vriesenhof Vineyards Kallista Cabernet Franc Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec
Vriesenhof Vineyards Pinot Noir
Vriesenhof Vineyards Pinotage
Warwick Estate Cabernet Franc
Warwick Estate Trilogy Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc
Waterford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Wildekrans Wine Estate Barrel Select Chenin Blanc Reserve
Wildekrans Wine Estate Barrel Select Pinotage Reserve
Wildekrans Wine Estate Barrel Select Pinotage Shiraz Reserve
Wildekrans Wine Estate Barrel Select Shiraz Reserve
Windmeul Cellar Cape Blend Reserve Pinotage Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot
Windmeul Cellar Reserve Pinotage

GRAND GOLD RECIPIENTS
AA Badenhorst Family White Chenin Blanc Roussanne Verdelho Grenache Blanc Gris
Aaldering Vineyards & Wines Chardonnay
Alheit Vineyards Radio Lazarus Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc
Allée Bleue Wines Chenin Blanc
Allée Bleue Wines Pinotage
Alto Wine Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Alto Wine Estate Shiraz
Altydgedacht Estate Pierre Simon Reserve Pinotage
Anura Vineyards Merlot Reserve
Anura Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Unfiltered Reserve
Asara Wine Estate Vineyard Collection Cape Fusion Pinotage Malbec Shiraz
Ashbourne Sandstone White Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay
Avondrood Vineyards Ancient Mountain Sauvignon Blanc
Badsberg Wine Cellar Badslese Natural Sweet Chenin Blanc Muscat d’Alexandrie
Badsberg Wine Cellar Noble Late Harvest
Badsberg Wine Cellar Red Muscadel
Bartinney Chardonnay
Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc
Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier
Bergsig Estate Icarus Red Cabernet Sauvignon Touriga Nacional
Bergsig Estate Cape Late Bottled Vintage Port
Bergsig Estate Icarus White Chardonnay Chenin Blanc Riesling
Bergsig Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Black Pearl Vineyards The Mischief Maker Shiraz
Bloemendal Estate Suider Terras Sauvignon Blanc
Boekenhoutskloof Semillon Franschhoek
Boland Cellar Reserve Chenin Blanc
Boland Cellar Reserve Pinotage
Bon Courage Inkara Shiraz
Bon Courage Noble Late Harvest
Bon Courage White Muscadel
Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Vintage Port
Boschendal Wines 1685 Chardonnay
Boschrivier Wines Shiraz Reserve
Bosman Family Vineyards Optenhorst Chenin Blanc
Botanica Mary Delany Chenin Blanc
Bouchard Finlayson Walker Bay Missionvale Chardonnay
Bramon Blanc de Blanc Mèthode Cap Classique
Buitenverwachting Husseys Vlei Sauvignon Blanc
Cape Chamonix Wine Farm Chardonnay
Cederberg Private Cellar Chenin Blanc
Cederberg Private Cellar CWG Auction Reserve Teen Die Hoog Shiraz
Cederberg Private Cellar Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon
Cederberg Private Cellar Five Generations Chenin Blanc
Clos Malvern Auret Cape Blend Cabernet Sauvignon Pinotage Merlot
Clos Malvern Pinotage Reserve
Constantia Glen Three Cabernet Sauvignon Cab Franc Merlot
Constantia Glen Two Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Creation Wines Art of Pinot Noir
Creation Wines Chardonnay
Creation Wines Pinot Noir
Creation Wines Syrah Grenache
Creation Wines Viognier
De Grendel Mèthode Cap Classique Brut
De Grendel Wines Winifred Viognier Semillon Chardonnay
De Krans Touriga Nacional
De Morgenzon Maestro Merlot Cabernet Petit Verdot Malbec Cab Franc
De Morgenzon Reserve Syrah
De Toren Private Cellar Z Merlot Cab Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Petit Verdot
De Trafford Wines Blueprint Shiraz
De Trafford Wines Chenin Blanc
De Trafford Wines Shiraz 393
De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay
De Wetshof Danie De Wet Limestone Hill Chardonnay
De Wetshof The Site Chardonnay
Deetlefs Wine Estate Oak Matured Pinotage
Delaire Graff Estate Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve
Delaire Graff Estate Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc
Delaire Graff Estate Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape
Delaire Graff Estate White Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Reserve
Diemersdal Estate MM Louw Estate Red Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Malbec Petit Verdot
Diemersdal Estate MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc
Diemersdal Estate Pinotage
Diemersdal Estate Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Malbec Petit Verdot
Diemersdal Estate Sauvignon Blanc Reserve
Diemersfontein Wines Carpe Diem Malbec Reserve
Diemersfontein Wines Pinotage
Dieu Donné Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Distell Klipdrift Gold Finest Old Matured Brandy
Distell Oude Meester 18 YO Soverein Brandy
Distell Richelieu 10 Year Vintage Brandy
Dombeya Boulder Road Shiraz
Doolhof Wine Estate Dark Lady Pinotage
Douglas Green Vineyard Creations Chardonnay
Durbanville Hills Chardonnay
Eagles’ Nest Merlot
Edgebaston GS Cabernet Sauvignon
Eikendal Vineyards Classique Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Reserve
Elgin Vintners Pinot Noir
Ernie Els Wines Proprietors Blend Cabernet Shiraz Merlot Petit Verdot Malbec
Ernie Els Wines Signature Blend Cabernet Merlot Petit Verdot Malbec Cab Franc
Fable Mountain Vineyards Jackal Bird Chenin Grenache Roussanne Viognier Chardonnay
Fable Mountain Vineyards Night Sky Syrah Mourvèdre Grenache
Fable Mountain Vineyards Tulbach Syrah
Fairview Wines Limited Release The Beacon Shiraz
Flagstone Winery Dark Horse Shiraz
Flagstone Winery Dragon Tree Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Pinotage
Flagstone Winery Treaty Tree Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Fleur du Cap Bergkelder Selection Laszlo Cab Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Shiraz
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc
Franschhoek Cellar Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc
Glen Carlou Chardonnay
Glen Carlou Grand Classique Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Malbec Cab Franc
Graham Beck Ad Honorem The Joshua Shiraz Viognier
Graham Beck Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Zero Mèthode Cap Classique
Grande Provence Cabernet Sauvignon
Grande Provence The Grande Provence Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon
Groenland Premium Shiraz
Groot Constantia Estate Merlot
Groot Constantia Estate Reserve White Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
Guardian Peak Wines Cirrus Syrah
Guardian Peak Wines Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon
Hartenberg Gravel Hill Shiraz
Hartenberg Shiraz
Haskell Vineyards Pillars Syrah
Hidden Valley Wines Hidden Gems Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Merlot
Hidden Valley Wines Pinotage
Idiom Collection Pinotage Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot
Iona Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
Jasons Hill Jasons Creek Classic Red Pinotage Shiraz Malbec Cab Franc
Jasons Hill Merlot
Jean Daneel Wines Signature Wooded Chenin Blanc
Jordan Wine Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Jordan Wine Estate Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc
Jordan Wine Estate The Outlier Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc
Joubert Tradauw Wingerde & Kelder Syrah
Kaapzicht Wine Estate Steytler Vision Cabernet Sauvignon Pinotage Merlot
Keermont Vineyards Fleurfontein Sweet Wine
Keet Wines First Verse Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot Malbec
Ken Forrester Wines Icon Range T’Noble Late Harvest
Klein Constantia Estate KC Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Klein Constantia Estate Marlbrook Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Petit Verdot Malbec
Klein Constantia Estate Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc
Kleine Zalze Wines Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Matured
Kleine Zalze Wines Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc Barrel Fermented
Kleine Zalze Wines Vineyard Selection Shiraz Barrel Matured
Kleinood John Spicer Syrah
Kloovenburg Wines Shiraz
KWV 10 Year Old Vintage Brandy
KWV 12 Year Old Barrel Select Brandy
KWV Abraham Perold Insignis Shiraz
KWV The Mentors Chenin Blanc
KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
La Motte Chardonnay
La Motte Shiraz
Laborie Wine Farm Jean Taillefert Shiraz
Laborie Wine Farm Limited Collection Chardonnay
Laborie Wine Farm Pinot Chardonnay Blanc de Blanc Mèthode Cap Classique Brut
Lammershoek Cellar Terravinum Reserve Syrah
Lammershoek Cellar Terravinum Reserve White Chenin Blanc Viognier Chardonnay
Landau du Val Semillon Private Collection
Landskroon Cape Vintage
Lanzerac Wine Estate Pionier Pinotage
L’Avenir Vineyards Single Block Pinotage
Lazanou Organic Vineyard Syrah
Le Riche Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
Leeuwenkuil Family Vineyards Heritage Premium Shiraz
Lismore Estate Vineyards Syrah
Lismore Estate Vineyards Viognier
Lomond Cat’s Tail Syrah
Lomond Snowbush Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Nouvelle
Lomond Sugarbush Sauvignon Blanc
Lomond Syrah
Longridge Wine Estate Chardonnay
Longridge Wine Estate Merlot
Lynx Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
Meerendal Wine Estate Merlot
Meerlust Chardonnay
Merwida Sauvignon Blanc
Merwida Barbera
Merwida White Muscadel
Miles Mossop Wines Max Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Merlot Malbec
Miles Mossop Wines Saskia Chenin Viognier Verdelho Clairette
Mooiplaas Estate Classic Sauvignon Blanc
Môreson Mercator Premium Chardonnay
Morgenster Estate Lourens River Valley Cab Franc Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot
Morgenster Estate White Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Nederburg Heritage Heroes The Young AirHawk Sauvignon Blanc
Neethlingshof Estate Short Story Maria Weisser Riesling Noble Late Harvest
Neethlingshof Estate Short Story Owl Post Pinotage
Neil Ellis Premium Range Groenekloof Shiraz
Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon
Newton Johnson Wind and Sea Pinot Noir
Nuy Wine Cellar Mastery Chardonnay
Nuy Wine Cellar White Muscadel
Oak Valley Wines Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cab Franc
Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Oldenburg Vineyards Chenin Blanc
Oldenburg Vineyards Syrah
Opstal Estate Heritage Carl Everson Chenin Blanc
Orange River Cellars White Muscadel
Painted Wolf Wines Black Pack Stellenbosch Pinotage
Paul Cluver Estate Wines 7 Flags Chardonnay
Paul Cluver Estate Wines Sauvignon Blanc
Perdeberg Winery SAAM Mountain Middelberg Chenin Blanc
Perdeberg Winery The Dry Land Collection Pinotage
Peter Falke Signature Range Syrah
Pulpit Rock Winery Pinotage Reserve
Quoin Rock The Nicobar Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Raats Family Wines Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Wines Old Vine Chenin Blanc
Raka Figurehead Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Malbec Petit Verdot Pinotage
Raka Quinary Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Malbec Petit Verdot
Rall Red Syrah Grenache Noir
Reyneke Wines Biodynamic Syrah
Rickety Bridge Winery Paulina’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Rickety Bridge Winery Shiraz
Rijk’s Private Cellar Shiraz
Robertson Winery Constitution Road Chardonnay
Rooiberg Winery Red Muscadel
Rudera Wines Robusto Chenin Blanc
Rust en Vrede Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot
Rust en Vrede Estate Single Vineyard Syrah
Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Shiraz
Rustenberg Wines Stellenbosch Chardonnay
Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Pofadder Cinsault
Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Skerpioen Chenin Blanc Palomino
Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Soldaat Grenache
Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Treinspoor Tinta Barocca
Saronsberg Cellar MCC Brut Cap Classique
Savage Wines Red Shiraz Grenache Cinsault
Saxenburg Wine Farm Limited Release Select Shiraz
Saxenburg Wine Farm Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
Saxenburg Wine Farm Private Collection Merlot
Saxenburg Wine Farm Private Collection Shiraz
Shannon Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Sijnn Syrah Malgas
Sijnn White Malagas Chenin Blanc Viognier Roussanne
Silverthorn The Green Man Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay Mèthode Cap Classique
Simonsig Estate Chenin Blanc Avec Chène
Spice Route Winery Terra de Bron Swartland Syrah
Spier Frans K Smit Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz
Spier Private Collection Chardonnay
Spier Private Collection Chenin Blanc
Spier Private Collection Sauvignon Blanc
Spier Private Collection Shiraz
Spioenkop Wines Riesling
Springfield Estate Mèthode Ancienne Cabernet Sauvignon
Stellenrust Old Bush Vine Chenin Blanc
Stellenzicht Vineyards Golden Triangle Pinotage
Stellenzicht Vineyards Golden Triangle Shiraz
Strandveld Wines First Sighting Shiraz
The Berrio Wines Weather Girl Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
The Foundry Grenache Blanc
The Foundry Syrah
The High Road Directors Reserve Cabernet Merlot Cab Franc
Thelema Mountain Vineyards Shiraz
Thelema Mountain Vineyards The Mint Cabernet Sauvignon
Veenwouden Private Cellar Classic Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec
Vergelegen Wines Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Schaapenberg
Vergelegen Wines Reserve Semillon
Vilafonté Series C Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc
Vilafonté Series M Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Cab Franc
Viljoensdrift Wines Single Vineyard Pinotage
Villiera Wines Tradition Brut NV Mèthode Cap Classique
Villiera Wines Traditional Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc
Vondeling Chardonnay
Vrede en Lust Boet Erasmus Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot
Vuurberg Wine Estate White Blend Chenin Blanc Chenin Blanc Viognier Semillon Roussanne Grenache blanc Verdelho Clairette Blanc
Warwick Estate The First Lady Unoaked Chardonnay
Warwick Estate White Lady Chardonnay
Waterford Estate The Jem Cabernet Sauv Shiraz Malbec Cab Franc Mourvedre Sangiovese Barbera
Waterkloof Circle of Life White Sauvignon Blanc Chenin Blanc Chardonnay Semillon
Waterkloof Circumstance Chenin Blanc
Waterkloof Circumstance Syrah
Welbedacht Wine Estate Hat Trick Pinotage Syrah Merlot
Welbedacht Wine Estate Pinotage
Weltevrede Philip Jonker Collection The Ring Chardonnay MethodèCap Classique Brut
Wildekrans Wine Estate Mèthode Cap Classique Chenin Blanc
Windmeul Cellar Chenin Blanc
Windmeul Cellar Reserve Chenin Blanc
Windmeul Cellar Reserve Shiraz
Zonnebloem Lauréat Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

WHAT MAKES A SAWi TROPHY WINNER

SAWi presents only 4 Trophies at its annual wine awards. This is for best fine white wine and best fine red wine producers, the best fine wine producer for both white and red wines and a brandy trophy. With some way to go still, perhaps a trophy for best fine sparkling wine could be added in future. So, why are these accolades so limited and different to many other awards outcomes?

Well, the bar is set very high here, otherwise only considering a Platinum Award for having achieved 95+ on a multi-vintage performance basis for a wine and a Grand Gold Award for a similar achievement above 93 points out of 100. No wonder that a SAWi Trophy Award is the ultimate achievement in South Africa’s for wine producers.

In other words, SAWi seeks to recognise those achievers that really stand out amongst all-comers.
This comes from the fact that SAWi measures the performance of all wines annually at once, while when it comes to wine competitions, only those wines that were entered at the time are adjudicated. That is also why in the latter case annual Trophy winners changes continuously.

SAWi also strives to see wineries produce a range of fine wines and not only a once-off standout performance. That is why the SAWi ‘Algorithm of Excellence tracks performance over a multi-vintage basis. The ultimately goal is to see all reserve range kind of wines obtain points scores above 90.

In other words, whether producing 10 wines or only 3 wines, their individual wine point-scores should be in unison. The result is that this shows up the best producers from the rest.
These are without doubt the real leaders of the industry. This makes sense by looking at the SAWi Trophy winners over the years.

TROPHY WINNERS OVER THE YEARS

2010
Winery of the Year
Joint accolade for
Rijks Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage
&
Saronsberg Cellar Full Circle Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier

Wine of the Year
Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
La Motte Shiraz Viognier (runner up)

2011
Winery of the Year
Bouchard Finlayson

Red Wine of the year
Rijks Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage
Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir (runner up)

White Wine of the year
Mulderbosch Vineyards Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Hamilton Russel Chardonnay (runner up)

2012
Winery of the Year
Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Red Wine of the year
Rijks Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage
Eagles’ Nest Shiraz (runner up)

White Wine of the year
Hamilton Russell Chardonnay
Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (runner up)

2013
Winery of the Year
Bouchard Finlayson

Red Wine of the year
Rijks Private Cellar Reserve Pinotage
Saronsberg Cellar Full Circle Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier (runner up)

White Wine of the year
Hamilton Russell Chardonnay
Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin Blanc (runner up)

2014
Top Wine Producer of the year
Constantia Glen

Best Red Wine Producer (top 3 wines)
Kanonkop Estate
Bouchard Finlayson (runner up)

Best White Wine Producer (top 3 wines)
De Morgenzon
Groot Constantia Estate Chardonnay (runner up)

Best Brandy
KWV 20YO Brandy
Van Ryns 12YO Brandy (runner up)

2015
Top High End Wine Producer of the Year
Saronsberg Cellar

Highest Multi Year Score Achieved for a White Wine (top 3 wines)
Jordan Wine Estate
De Morgenzon (runner up)

Highest Multi Year Score Achieved for a Red Wine (top 3 wines)
Saronsberg Cellar
Kanonkop Estate (runner up)

Highest Multi Year Score Achieved for a Brandy
Joined Accolade
KWV/Van Ryn’s/Laborie Brandies

2016
Top High End Wine Producer of the Year
Groot Constantia Estate

Highest Combined White Wine Score (top 3 wines)
Kleine Zalze Wines
De Morgenzon (runner up)

Highest Combined Red Wine Score (top 3 wines)
Saronsberg Cellar
Bouchard Finlayson (runner up)

Highest Multi Year Score Achieved for a Brandy
Van Ryns 12YO Brandy
Laborie Alambic (runner up)

2017
Top Fine Wine Producer of the Year
KWV
Kleine Zalze Wines (runner up)

Top Fine White Wine Producer of the Year (top 3 wines)
De Morgenzon (runner up)
Kleine Zalze Wines

Top Fine Red Wine Producer of the Year (top 3 wines)
Bouchard Finlayson
Kanonkop Estate (runner up)

Highest Multi Year Score Achieved for a Brandy
Laborie Alambic
KWV 20 Year Old Brandy [Runner Up]

TO BREAK A MINDSET

Breaking the mind-set that ‘Premium quality wine only came from classical European wine nations and the odd high end Napa Valley cult winery’, was never going to be easy. Neither for South Africa nor newer entrants to the premium wine markets like Chile and Argentina.

But one of the wonderful aspects of the fine wine end of the wine trade is that to change perceptions, you don’t need advertising, call centres or mass media marketing – you merely need credible people of influence to put wine in glasses, tell the appropriate ‘authentic’ story, and importantly, benchmark top local wines in order to befriend the consumer. Fine wine after all is normally bought on recommendation… more push than pull. That is, if you know what fine wine is?

The hand sell of premium SA reds and whites was seriously difficult in the early 2000s. Success relied on tight ranges of high quality top flight wines, plentiful support from winery owners and wine makers, and total belief from the merchant selling the wines. After all, wine in South Africa is still dominated by the volume driven cheap wine class which makes up 75% of bottled wine here. Only a proportion of the balance of 25% can actually be classified as fine wine.

Therefore, it is still a challenge for South Africa’s finest icon wineries to bed down the idea in consumer’s minds that the Cape’s finest could compete with the world’s best on a daily basis. While the quality of SA’s top wines improved, the more journalist were required to sit up, take notice and talk up the more expensive premium offerings from the Cape. But, did they? Have they got their act together? No doubt, consumer scepticism still prevails as consumers here and abroad is still only connecting with the usual commodity type of wines.

Hence the role of the South African Wine Index and its ‘Grand Wines Collection’, slowly laying the foundation for consumers in the broader market to start taking fine South African wines seriously. Today the category offers the most exciting value for money premium wines in the New World. Viva Africa! Your time has finally come.

THE SOUTH AFRICAN WINE INDUSTRY ENLIGHTENED ANEW

In 2009 SAWI started out by tracking outstanding achievements in fine wine making with its multi-vintage ‘Algorithm of Excellence’. In this long arduous quest, there were no footsteps to follow, so a road was embarked on which no one has pointed to as yet, but SAWi knew that success comes from changes in the way people think. In the process SAWi followed a goal that was definite and clear.
This brought up the result after 8 years culminating in its ‘Grand Wines Collection (GWC).

Those whose wines were taken up in the GWC are the ones that fight the good fight on a daily basis. In the process, they have taken over the custodianship of esprit or guardianship of the wine industry, being the ones putting in the hard yards day by day; and the renewed focus in the industry today is due to their cleverness and sustained vigour in excelling in winemaking.

While sharing in their achievements, one notice a common spirit amongst these performers, with lots of passion, perfection and pride in what they do, inspiring enthusiasm for those that are to follow. Such passion and care is enlightening the industry anew towards a brighter future.

The SAWi concept is a disruptor in the South African wine world which influences things in the space the industry here finds itself onto new brand building opportunities. The new message is about a noble course going forward. This means that the GWC belongs to a hereditary class with high social status; showing fine personal winemaking qualities. Could this be ascribed to some sort of disruption only or is it the start of the 4th revolution in winemaking terms here in SA?

Today, the message to the world out there is that South Africa has arrived in standing their ground amongst the world’s best in fine wine making as represented in the GWC. It is time to take note.

ESSENCE OF AN INDEX

THE SAWi WINE INDEX

Anyone old enough to appreciate South African wine has an opinion on the fermented grape: there’re probably as many wine writers and awards as there are wine makers. With well over eight thousand local wines, how do one decide what to drink?
Is choice based on the number of trophy stickers the bottle bears, Google what Christian Eedes drank last night or see how many stars the Platter Guide gave it? Or just based on pot luck?

Opinions are by nature, subjective. And while there’s nothing inherently wrong with subjectivity since we’re entitled to our preferences and opinions, it makes determining a reliable wine ‘standard’ difficult. National and international competitions are a starting point as these are generally blind tastings judged by a professional panel but even these have limitations: wine producers often have to pay to enter, limiting the sample size; scoring protocols differ and there’s no measure of a wine’s performance, year on year. And how on earth is the man in the wine shop meant to know which award trumps which?

Let’s illustrate by way of analogy: imagine you wish to invest your savings. Would you be comfortable buying shares based on a single reference point (i.e. company X won a gold medal in the 2010 Da Vinci Start-up Awards) or would you prefer information which tells you how company X performed over the last 5 years in relation to similar companies? The gold medal offers limited information as it relates to an isolated event in company X’s history while the latter offers greater insight into the relative performance of the company over a longer period and is thus more meaningful to your decision making process. Now the company operates within an industry with a known average index of 85 for example and X’s score is 90, you could safely conclude that this company is in the top percentile of the industry and is probably a good investment. This concept of an industry index allows the investor to determine the company’s comparative ‘value’ and forms the basis on which shares can be traded on stock markets.

So, what’s the answer in the case of wine choice?
An Index system process which:
– retrieves existing data and applies a specific formulation;
– finds precise values based on multiple criteria; and
– expresses a particular status (via a standard unit).
As such, an index is a single number, the result of a mathematical equation designed to aggregate a set of data effectively, allowing comparing like with like.
– this symbol affirms the state or condition of something in particular;
– a body of facts/information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid;
– something serving as a visible/tangible representation of a fact or a state of quality.

Indices provide us with benchmarks, their usefulness evident in our daily life: from the CPI (Consumer Price Index) to GI (Glycemic Index) to BMI (Body Mass Index) to the Dow Jones Index. What if this could be applied to the wine industry? Perhaps finding the holy grail of great wine would finally be within reach.
‘An Index of Wine Excellence…’

This is the concept behind SAWi, the South African Wine Index, a score derived from a multi-phase algorithm to help wine lovers identify consistent excellence. Such scores take into account a specific wine’s best results over multiple vintages, national and international accolades won, proven record of quality as well as trophies and Top 10 listings. In other words, only accolades above a gold medal. As such, the collective wisdom of the judging panels, authoritative reviews and the wider wine industry is distilled into a single figure that drowns out much of the subjective noise, making it easy to distinguish truly extraordinary wines.

It has become particularly clear that all those making wine are excited by the potential a reliable, recognizable standard offers the industry. With a credible index as a benchmark, the true value of South African wines can now for the first time be gauged and celebrated. Most importantly, to be rolled out to the two top market segments namely wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs.

Having built out an eight year performance record for all SA Wines, a milestone was reached which enables SAWi to announce it’s ‘Grand Wines Collection’ (GWC) in 2016. This collection represents 400 wines which made the benchmark of 93/100 over a ten year adjudication period. It culminated in a world first wine cultivar ranking list from where unique sets of combined wine lots are offered to the above target market, with SAWi answering the calls of high profile private client individuals to help them to obtain good wine and to build up their private wine cellars. The GWC will be rolled out via unique wine lot compilations. A wine club affiliation process (with mainly wine enthusiasts as members) is well underway too.

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Writing on TimAtkin.com in 2014, Robert Joseph, has this fantastic introductory line to his piece What’s the point of wine competitions?:

“Wine competitions are the worst way to identify the world’s best wines.”

It’s a sentiment we hear at SAWi from time to time – although far less often now than a few years ago. Joseph goes on to apologise to Churchill before concluding his introduction by pointing out that competitions “actually work better than the alternatives.” We have to agree; but when determining SAWi scores we also consider key listings, reviews and comments from the world’s leading wine authorities.

The SAWi ‘Algorithm of Excellence’ distills the collective wisdom of a multitude of authoritative wine competitions, reviews and listings into a single point score which is consistent and drowns out much of the subjective noise of various judging panels.

One of the competitions we include is the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).

Together with the many entrants, we’ll be keeping an eye on the DWWA 2017 Timeline, so that we can feed the results into our SAWi algorithm ahead of the 2017 Grand Wines Collection update, as well as the 2018 SAWi Wine Excellence Awards.

According to the DWWA site, “DWWA has judges from around the world, including Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers, and many of them are the foremost experts in their field. Judging is organised into categories, initially based on region. For example, Champagne will be judged by a panel of Champagne experts.

The judges taste wines individually. They know the region, style and price bracket, but they don’t know who produced the wine or the brand name. They then compare notes on the wine and reach a consensus on each wine’s medal.

Medal categories correspond to the 100-point scoring system used by Decanter and many top wine critics around the world.”

SAWi also represents wine performance as a value out of 100, but the SAWi Index value is a unity-based normalised score that uses raw data comprised of the wine’s average score over a 10-year period, as well as additional points for consistent top performance and any additional accolades achieved.

As will be appreciated by the DWWA description above, the competition process is rigorous, and a wine that walks away with DWWA Gold Medal can truly claim to be exceptional. More so if it then receives a Platinum Medal or is crowned ‘Best in Show’.

For this reason, the Decanter World Wine Awards and its additional medal accolades carry SAWi’s full endorsement and make a sizeable impact on the SAWi wine rating methodology.

All the best to the many worthwhile South African candidates who will submit their wines over the upcoming months. We look forward to celebrating your success with you.

The South African Grand Wines Collection – Update November 2016


The South African Wine Index is proud to present a biannual update to the first SAWi South African Wine Ranking List, previously published in June 2016. The South African Wine Ranking List identifies South Africa’s top performing wines using the SAWi multi-vintage ‘Algorithm of Excellence’, and these top wines are presented as a collective referred to as the South African Grand Wines Collection (GWC).

SAWi’s unique ‘Algorithm of Excellence’ is applied to measure the performance of individual wines across a minimum of three vintages, and compares and condenses the results from more than 100 multinational competitions, ratings, reviews and listings (acknowledging the nature of the competitions and any additional accolades bestowed on the wine) over a rolling period of ten years, and expresses this as a single value out of 100. The Grand Wines Collection only features wines that achieve 93 or more index points.

As the ranking process considers a wine’s performance over a relatively long period, whole-scale changes to the South African Wine Ranking List are never expected, particularly when considering the top performing wines. This update does, however, highlight considerable movement within certain cultivar or wine style categories, and several newly ranked wines have entered the Grand Wines Collection.

Highlights of the latest update include:
• Tremendous overall movement within the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir categories, with a 54% increase in the number of wines that qualify for inclusion;
• Noticeable overall movement within White Blends (+50%), Bordeaux Blends, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinotage categories (+44%), followed by Rhone Blends (+34%);
• Some 40 wines, previously scoring just below 93 index points, have joined the GWC and two wines have fallen off the list;
• 57 new wines stand poised to join the GWC;
• There were no additions to the Viognier and MCC categories, and very few to the Semillon, Red Blends, Merlot, Cape Blends, Dessert/Fortified Wines, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc categories;
• The Shiraz category is the biggest with 87 ranked wines, followed by Bordeaux Blends, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage and Chenin Blanc, respectively;
• The Rhone Blends, Red Blends and Sauvignon Blanc categories exhibited the greatest movement within the Top Ten and Top Five subsets.

This ranking update lends weight to the reputations of the mainstay of the South African wine industry, but it also highlights that things are changing. The strong standing in the industry of some leading cultivars of the past seems to have become relatively tenuous and the sheer number of consistently excelling wines suggests that there are no longer any single pinnacle varieties.

With the SAWi indexing process recognised as the ultimate quality benchmark for South African wines, the South African Wine Ranking List represents the best wines in this country.

Visit www.sawineindex.com for more information and the full Grand Wines Collection list.

Franschhoek Uncorked 2016


Franschhoek hosts the Franschhoek Uncorked festival on 24 and 25 September and a number of the 18 participating wineries have wines listed in the SAWi Grand Wines Collection.

The 18 wineries (as listed on the official Franschhoek Uncorked Festival programme) and their respective GWC wines, where relevant are:
1. Noble Hill
2. Plaisir de Merle
3. Allée Bleue – Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Shiraz
4. Boschendal – Reserve Syrah, MCC Brut, Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc
5. Anthonij Rupert Wyne
6. Lynx Wines – Shiraz, Viognier
7. Topiary Wines & La Chataigne
8. Maison Estate
9. Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards
10. GlenWood – Vigneron’s Selection Chardonnay
11. Rickety Bridge – Foundation Stone Red, Paulina’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
12. Grande Provence – Chardonnay, The Grand Provence Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon
13. Mont Rochelle
14. Black Elephant Vintners
15. Dieu Donné – Cabernet Sauvignon
16. Haute Cabrière
17. La Bri
18. Boekenhoutskloof – Chocolate Block, Cabernet Sauvignon Franschhoek, Semillon Franschhoek, Syrah (Coastal region), Syrah Franschhoek

While we’re not suggesting that the wineries with GWC wines will have those wines available for tasting as part of the festival programme, we are sure you’ll get a sense of why they’ve managed to achieve at a consistently high level to earn a place on the list, should you visit them.

Feel free to share your weekend experience(s) of the Franschhoek GWC producers via a comment to this post.

2017 SAWi Wine Excellence Awards

The South African Wine Index (SAWi) was established in 2009 with the aim of independently identifying South Africa’s best wines. SAWi’s hope was that the collection of these best wines, or ‘South African Grand Wines’ (see Part 2), would then allow for the international promotion of the South African wine industry as a producer of high-quality wines, in contrast to its reputation at the time as a producer of cheap bulk wine.

SAWi’s unique ‘Algorithm of Excellence’ is applied to measure the performance of individual wines, across multiple vintages, and compares and condenses the results from more than 100 multinational competitions, reviews and listings, acknowledging the nature of the competition and any additional accolades bestowed on a wine, and expresses this as a single value out of 100.

Through the ongoing indexing process, it is now easy to distinguish top performing producers, and which of their wines are consistently accepted as exceptional. In addition to making the international promotion of the best South African wines possible, the Index offers consumers an opportunity to make a reliable decision about which wines to buy – without being subject to the necessary vagaries of annual wine competitions, or a vintage-specific performance.

SAWi sets two aspirational benchmarks against which to measure wine quality: Grand Gold status, which is awarded to wines that score more than 93 Index points, and Platinum status, for wines which score above 95. Together, these sets comprise the ‘South African Grand Wines Collection’.

Sourced from 585 wineries or more than 8000+ wines, the ‘Grand Wines Collection’ currently includes 400 wines, representing 187 wineries.

While SAWi indexes all South African wines as a matter of routine, SAWi members are invited to attend the annual SA Wine Index ‘Wine Excellence Awards’ at which their performance in particular is acknowledged.

The 2017 SAWi ‘Wine Excellence Awards’ were hosted, again, by Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, who accommodated guests in a number of luxurious rooms on the Grootbos property and in nearby De Kelders.

Grootbos regularly tops various international travel lists as South Africa’s leading 5-star family friendly leisure destination for the environmentally and socially conscious. SAWi is proud to be associated with Grootbos, the home of the South African Wine Index Awards and most of SAWi’s top performing wines.

SAWi is pleased to be supported by Union Pay International and the SAWi ‘Algorithm of Excellence’ is endorsed by PKF Chartered Accountants.

Neil Ellis was nominated as the latest SAWi Wine Legend, having, amongst other achievements, being first in sourcing grapes from vineyards and sites he wanted, going single-handily up against the bureaucracy ‘who was stifling everything at the time’. This was part of the revolution South African Wines were waiting for.

Neil joins other SAWi Legends, with the likes of Peter Finlayson, Jan ‘Boland’ Coetzee, Beyers Truter, Etienne le Riche and Hempies du Toit.

Overall trophy honours went to KWV, with unprecedented 15 Platinum accolades. The Trophies for best Fine White and Red Wine Producers of the year once again went to DeMorgenzon (including the highest score for a white wine produced) and Bouchard Finlayson, while the trophy for best brandy went to Laborie.

Wineries with the highest number of accolades were KWV 20 (15 Platinum); Distell 18; Cederberg and Spier 9 each; Groot Constantia and Kleine Zalze 8 each; Creation, Paul Cluver and Saronsberg 7 each; and Diemersdal and Annandale 6 each.

DeMorgenzon, Bouchard Finlayson, La Motte, Rustenberg, Vergelegen, Vriesenhof, Wildekrans and Windmeul all received five awards each. Many other wineries received multiple awards.

What is of particular importance is the consistency in multiple-vintage results for most wines mentioned here. This is paramount in wine competitions.

Comments on Achievements
No doubt that in general SAWi adds a meaningful definition as to the state of SA Wines.
The GWC in particular shows the overall best wines the country has. There is also no question that the so called ‘old guard’ still holds the very front positions.

Highlights of the latest update include the following:
• The GWC now consists of just over 400 wines.
• While Shiraz still dominates the rankings in terms of number of wines, the adjustment in the SAWi Algorithm has seen 23 wines disappearing from the list, just more than as for Sauvignon Blanc.
The only other noticeable downward movement on the ranking list was for white blends.
• The added list of wines that were ‘On the Brink’ of making the ranking list (close onto 93 points) also came down a lot but still stands at 87.
• The number of ranked wines for most of the other cultivars, not mentioned above, stayed pretty much the same on between 10 and 20 wines each.
• Shiraz has the most ranked wines namely 54, followed by Bordeaux Blends 46, Chardonnay 45, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage and Cabernet have around 30 ranked wines each.
• Pinot Noir, Rhone Blends and Dessert Wines received the highest average point scores and are at the same time also pitched at the highest individual price at the top.

While it is clear from these rankings which wines are arguably the mainstay of the industry, it is certainly also true that the local wine industry has moved on and is not what it was yesterday, given that the strong standing in the industry of some leading cultivars of the past era seems to have lost the lead and are even perhaps tenuous. The variety of wine cultivars which are excelling today is simply showing that there are almost no longer many single pinnacle wine varieties on their own in the lead any longer that dominates at the very top.

The Grand Wines Collection

The South African Wine Index (SAWi) was established with the aim of setting a quality benchmark for South African Wines. The value of SAWi’s multi-year wine performance adjudication process has earned it official recognition as a definitive measure of a given wine’s quality, irrespective of vintage.

Until the introduction of the Index, the quality adjudication of wine depended on annual events, which by their nature present the once-off and subjective opinions of the adjudicators. This not only makes it difficult to track a wine’s performance over time but, more importantly, it prevents meaningful empirical deductions from being made.

SAWi is proud to present the South African ‘Grand Wines Collection’. The GWC represents a little less than 400 of the 8000 South African wines currently available that have consistently achieved the highest acknowledgement from various wine judging panels and respected wine commentators, all over the world. Each ranked wine in the list below has scored a minimum of 93 Index points. As a collective, the GWC sets a unique benchmark for South African wine quality.

See the Grand Wines Collection here.

DISCLAIMER
All SAWi scores and the NWN ranking are determined using SAWi’s unique ‘Algorithm of Excellence’ (AOE). While the utmost care is taken in the preparation of these scores, errors and omissions are possible. Producers are encouraged to inform SAWi of competition and other results at year end.