FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top Ten

A toast to the very best. South Africa’s Top Ten Sauvignon Blancs were announced in Cape Town on Friday, 14 October 2016. Which were listed as some of South Africa’s top Sauvignon Blanc wines?

This prestigious competition is the country’s benchmark for Sauvignon Blancs—watch out for them. The winning wines according to the judges were—in alphabetical order:

  • Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (wooded)
  • De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Hermanuspietersfontein Nr 5 Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (wooded)

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  • Jordan The Outlier Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (wooded)
  • Ken Forrester Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2015

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  • Merwida Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Nitida Golden Orb Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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  • Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Uitkyk Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The judges, headed by winemaker Neil Ellis, were:

  • Christian Eedes
  • Winnie Bowman
  • Winemakers, Wilhelm Pienaar and Nerina Cloete
Back from left to right: Francois Marais (FNB), Danie Keulder (Nitida), Kim McFarlane (Hermanuspietersfontein), Joris van Almenkerk (Almenkerk), Stephan Claassen (FNB), Lieza van der Merwe (Merwida), Riandri Visser (Cape Point Vineyards), Miles Mossop (Tokara), Charl Sandenbergh (FNB) Front from left to right: Estelle Lourens (Uitkyk), Brentt Rhode (Ken Forrester), De Villiers Graaff (De Grendel), Sjaak Nelson (Jordan).

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Greg Landman

As the wine writer for Country Life magazine for the last 15 years, Greg has met and interviewed more than 150 of the country’s top wine makers. His articles offer unique insights into where to eat, what to drink, and where to go all over the Western Cape. With his dining companion Beryl Ormsby Browne, he has also reviewed more than 60 country restaurants for the magazine and has been a reviewer for the prestigious Eat Out Guide for 12 years. His passion for everything the winelands has to offer has led him into the world of wine tours. To find out more, visit his website Magic Grape Tours.

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