The Prescient Pinotage Report 2020 Shows That The Grape Is No Longer An Easy Target For Criticism

“Pinotage has a reputation for being a challenging variety and it has resulted in some quite rustic, inelegant wines in the past. However, this was a very satisfying tasting with plenty of characterful wines on show,” says Christian Eedes, chairman of the tasting panel and Winemag.co.za editor. “The variety seems to be benefiting from some particularly considered, imaginative work in both vineyard and cellar and there is a nice spread of styles emerging.”

This year’s Pinotage Report convened by Winemag.co.za and sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. There were 57 entries from 33 producers and 33 rated 90-plus on the 100-point quality scale.

The 10 best wines overall:

B Vintners Liberté 2018

Beyerskloof Diesel 2018

De Grendel Amandelboord 2018

Kaapzicht Steytler 2018

La Cave 2018 (Wellington Wines)

L’Avenir Provenance 2017

Lievland Bushvine 2018

MAN Family Wines Bosstok 2018

Môreson The Widow Maker 2018

Painted Wolf Guillermo 2019

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