Winemag Announces 20 Best Wines In South Africa For 2020

Winemag.co.za reviewed a total of 927 wines across 20 wine categories in its various reports sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient over the course of the year. Each report was based on the outcome of a blind tasting of wines entered within the specific category.

A Top 10 was then announced with the release of each successive report. Now the individual best wine per category plus ratings on the 100-point quality scale for all the Top 10 wines can be revealed.

Winery of the Year: Tokara

Acquired by businessman and banker GT Ferreira in 1994, Tokara in Stellenbosch (with vineyards in Elgin as well) is now firmly entrenched as one of South Africa’s top wineries. Aidan Morton is the long-serving viticulturist here while Stuart Botha, previously of Eagles’ Nest, took over from the accomplished Miles Mossop mid-2017.

The property earned a Top 10 spot in every Prescient Report it entered this year, the wines to feature being: Director’s Reserve White 2017, Reserve Collection Chardonnay 2019, Director’s Reserve Red 2017, Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 and Reserve Collection Syrah 2017. Moreover, three of these – the white blend, the Chardonnay and the Cabernet Sauvignon – were judged best in category.


Best White Wine Overall

Best Chenin Blanc

DeMorgenzon Reserve 2018
Price: R430

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Best Red Wine Overall

Best Cabernet Sauvignon

Tokara Reserve Collection 2017
Price: R330

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Best Cap Classique

Benguela Cove Joire de Vivre 2017
Price: R240

CategoryWineScore
Best Cape White BlendCavalli Cremello 201795
Best ChardonnayTokara Reserve Collection 201995
Best Niche White VarietyVergelegen Reserve Semillon 201893
Best Sauvignon Blanc – UnwoodedLanzerac 201993
Best Sauvignon Blanc – WoodedMulderbosch 201994
Best Sauv-Sem BlendTokara Director’s Reserve White 201795
Best Cape Bordeaux Red BlendZorgvliet Richelle 201795
Best MerlotVergelegen Reserve 201593
Best Niche Red VarietyRaats Family Cabernet Franc 201794
Best PinotageB Vinters Liberté 201894
Best Pinot NoirFlying Cloud Sovereign of the Seas 201894
Best ShirazLeeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 201794
Best Signature Red BlendRust en Vrede Estate 201793
Best MuscadelNuy Rooi Muskadel 201094
Best Noble Late HarvestDelheim Edelspatz 201993
Best Port-styleDe Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 201694
Best Straw WineVilla Esposto Muscat d’Alexandrie 201792