Introduction

Winemag.co.za reviewed a total of 990 wines across 20 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 can be revealed.

Best of Category

WHITES

REDS

SWEET WINE & FORTIFIEDS

Winery of the Year: Vergelegen

One of the great historic properties of the Cape, this has been owned by global mining company Anglo American since 1987. With the celebrated André van Rensburg as winemaker, the wines were highly acclaimed in the early-2000s but then faded from prominence somewhat. It has to be said, however, that a drawn-out re-planting programme to rid the vineyards of leaf-roll virus was undertaken and with this now complete, Vergelegen’s glory days seem to be back!

The property had two wines judged best in category, these being the Sauvignon Blanc 2021 and Reserve Semillon 2019 while another four wines made the Top 10 in their respective categories, namely the G.V.B White 2019, Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 and Reserve Merlot 2016.

This year, almost 1000 wines were tasted blind by a three-person panel from the Winemag judges and scored on the 100-point quality scale.

Winemag judges:

  • Christian Eedes (Panel Chair)
  • Ndaba Dube
  • Malu Lambert
  • Roland Peens
  • James Pietersen
  • Jolette Steyn
  • Cathy van Zyl MW
“Despite all the adversities the wine industry has faced in recent times, quality remains extraordinarily high, and producers deserve all the praise that comes their way. In particular, a big shout-out to the Winery of the year Vergelegen – the massive replanting programme that this property undertook to eradicate leaf-roll virus shows that excellence is no accident.” Christian Eedes

Find out more

For greater insight into the winning wines, download the following: Prescient Top 20 Wine South Africa 2021