Best Box Wines for 2012

Cape Town ROCKED on Thursday, 29 November when over 100 guests attended the third annual Spit or Swallow Box Wine Awards at Mercury Live in Cape Town.

Freddie Mercury look-a-likes, glam rock outfits and big wigs set the theme for a revolutionary evening for South African wine as we know it.

This year Robertson Winery Shiraz was awarded the best Red Box Wine and Du Toitskloof Chenin Blanc walked away with the title for best White Wine.

33 Wines were entered into this year’s competition. Over 100 judges tasted through this year’s line-up with only one aim at hand, to find the best red and best white box wine.

Everyone who attended the event had the opportunity to judge the wines. The judging panel was a nice mix between esteemed wine critics and experts, everyday wine drinkers and members of the media.

What makes this competition different from any wine competition in the world was the scoring system. The popular social media website, Twitter, was used to record and calculate all the scores submitted on the evening.

All 33 box wines were scored blindly out of 10. Everyone’s twitter handles were registered on iPads sponsored by Cybercellar and participants had to tweet their scores @boxwineawards. This live method of scoring provided people from across South Africa and the world with the opportunity to follow the event online.

The best box wines for 2012 according to ratings

1. Box 4 Du Toitskloof – Chenin Blanc 2012
2. Box 27 Robertson – Shiraz
3. Box 28 Drostdy Hof – Cabernet Sauvignon
4. Box 6 Stellenbosch Hills – Polkadraai Merlot/Shiraz
5. Box 24 Uniwines – Palesa Chenin
6. Box 29 Woolworths – Light White
7. Box 33 Drostdy Hof – Merlot 2012
8. Box 8 Du Toitskloof – Sauvignon Blanc 2012
9. Box 3 Woolworths – Crisp White
10. Box 20 Du Toitskloof – Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2012
11. Box 12 Robertson – Merlot
12. Box 13 Du Toitskloof – Pinotage/Merlot/Ruby Cabernet 2011
13. Box 19 Woolworths – Longmarket Merlot
14. Box 18 Orange Rivier – Dry Red
15. Box 17 Robertson – Chardonnay 3L
16. Box 30 Overmeer – Crisp Dry Premier Grand Cru
17. Box 21 Robertson – Cabernet Sauvignon
18. Box 22 Robertson – Sauvignon Blanc
19. Box 15 Stellenbosch Hills – Polkadraai Sauvignon Blanc
20. Box 11 Cronier – Roads into Africa Red Wine 2011
21. Box 5 Woolworths – Dry Red
22. Box 9 Orange Rivier – Dry White
23. Box 34 Woolworths – Longmarket Cabernet Merlot
24. Box 14 Darling – Black Granite Shiraz
25. Box 1 Robertson – Extra Light Sauvignon Blanc
26. Box 7 Uniwines – Palesa Shiraz
27. Box 16 Windmeul – Dry White
28. Box 10 Versus – Versus Crisp and Fruity
29. Box 31 Robertson – Chenin Blanc 2L
30. Box 2 Drostdy Hof – Sauvignon Blanc 2012
31. Box 35 Robertson – Ruby Cabernet
32. Box 32 Tassenberg – Dry Red
33. Box 25 Overmeer – Full Bodied Smooth Red

South Africa’s leading wine news website,, was the main sponsor of the event and their aim was to promote responsible drinking. The Monarch Tuksi Company showed their support and offered guests a save ride.

The guys form Social Plus One did a fanatic job and captured all the rockstar moments throughout the evening.

Vital Health ensured the safety of everyone’s livers by sponsoring Vital Liver Rescue tablets and no one went hungry thanks to the tasty 70’s inspired snacks.

Mercury Live provided the perfect setting for a rocking occasion. Kevin Winder and his team did an amazing job to insure that everything went according to plan throughout the evening.

Tickets to this year’s event were available online through

The organisers would like to congratulate all the winners and thanks all the producers who participated in the 2012 Box Wine Awards. It was once again a huge success and the quality of the wines showed definite improvement.