This year was set to be a very exciting year for winemag.co.za, with a full sponsorship from Prescient and launching many new categories, now covering the full spectrum of the South African wine industry. Like most things COVID put a spanner in their plans and the big gala evening concluding the reports, announcing the Prescient Top 20 Wines had to be cancelled and more intimate gatherings took place; one for each category. On Friday the Best Sweet & Fortifieds were announced: https://winemag.co.za/wine/best/the-best-sweet-wine-fortifieds-of-2020/ . Today a small group of us gathered at Lanzerac to hear which white wines came top in their categories.
Winemag.co.za reviewed a total of 927 wine 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.
What is a Cape White Blend?
No official definition exists but our proposal is that such wines can be made from any combination of varieties as long as they include a significant Chenin Blanc component, specifically more than 15% and less than 85%.
Congratulations for everyone involved and thank you Winemag for such a concise report on The South African wine industry. I was particularly impressed today with the accessible price points of many of the winners of the categories. It is wonderful to see such good quality mainstream wine at an accessible price and widely available. Just what we need to lure new wine lovers into this wonderful world!
Stay tuned tomorrow, for the Top Red wines will be revealed and on Friday The Winery of The Year!