Port-style Wines Dominate The Top 10 At The Prescient Sweet Wine And Fortifieds Report 2021

This year’s Sweet Wine & Fortifieds Report convened by Winemag.co.za and sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. Entries were as follows: 1) Natural Sweet – two; 2) Noble Late Harvest – 15; 3) Straw – seven; 4) Hanepoot – four; 5) Muscadel – six; and 6) Port-style – nine.

“The Top 10 contains quite a few of the usual suspects such as Boplaas, De Krans and Delaire Graff, which suggests that making such wines is a specialist endeavour,” says Christian Eedes, chairman of the tasting panel and Winemag.co.za editor. “There were also more good ratings for the Villa Esposto straw wine as made by Klawer Wine Cellars – a big part of its magic surely being that grapes are sourced from a 1969 Muscat D’Alexandrie vineyard on Skurfberg”.

There was thus a total of 42 wines with 23 rating 90 or more on the 100-point quality scale.

The top 10 emerged as follows:

Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2009

Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2015

Delaire Graff Cape Vintage 2018

De Krans Muscat Blanc 2020 93.0

Allesverloren Fine Old Vintage 2014

Boschendal Vin D’Or 2018

Meerhof Mooistrooi 2020

Simonsig Cape Vintage Reserve 2015

Villa Esposto Muscat D’ Alexandrie Straw Wine 2018

Villa Esposto Muscat D’Alexandrie Straw Wine 2019

It was a good showing for Port-style wines with five examples in the Top 10 while straw wines grow ever more sophisticated with three of these among the top performers. Also in the mix was one Noble Late Harvest, namely Boschendal Vin D’Or 2018 and one Muscadel, the Muscat Blanc 2020 from De Krans.

Read the report in full, including key findings, tasting notes for the top wines and scores on the 100-point quality scale for all wines entered.