Chardonnay is an extremely important category within the South African wine industry – it is the seventh most widely planted variety with 6 660ha in the ground, the equivalent of 7.16% of the national vineyard and because of its well established credentials around the world, the best examples are able to demand a price premium and ensure profitability that so often eludes producers.
Winemag.co.za in conjunction with multinational financial services company Prescient has undertaken a detailed examination of the category on an annual basis since 2010 and this year’s findings in the form of a report sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient are now out. There were 93 entries from 65 producers and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.
The top 10 wines (with rating alongside) are as follows:
Creation Reserve 2018 – 93
De Grendel Op die Berg 2018 – 95
Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve 2018 – 94
Highlands Road 2017 – 94
Journey’s End 2018 – 93
Kershaw Clonal Selection Elgin 2018 – 93
Paul Cluver Estate 2017 – 94
Simonsig 2017 – 93
Stellenbosch Vineyards Unwooded 2018 – 94
Stellenrust Barrel Fermented 2018 – 93
To read the report in full, including key findings, tasting notes for the top seven and scores on the 100-point quality scale for all wines entered, go Winemag.co.za.