Our esteemed judges have somehow managed to whittle their way through 190 entries – up by 19 from last year – and shortlist their top 20 finalists in this year’s FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc competition. These 20 hail from a great spread of areas including the new Cape Town District, Elgin, Elim, Cape Town, Darling, Durbanville, Stellenbosch, McGregor, and more…
In alphabetical order, the final contenders are:
- Boschendal De Werf Sauvignon Blanc 2016
- Cape Point Vineyards Cape Town Sauvignon Blanc 2017
- Darling Cellars Reserve Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc 2017
- Diemersdal Winter Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2017
- Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc 2017
- Fairview Sauvignon Blanc 2017
- Ghost Corner Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc (Wooded) 2016
- Groot Phesantekraal Sauvignon Blanc 2017
- Highlands Road Sauvignon Blanc 2015
- Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017
- Lord’s Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2017
- Marianne Sauvignon Blanc (Wooded) 2016
- Mulderbosch 1 000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc (Wooded) 2015
- South Hill Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2016
- Stellenbosch Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017
- Stellenrust Sauvignon Blanc 2017
- Strandveld Pofadderbos Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016
- The Pledge #2 Sauvignon Blanc 2017
- Trizanne Signature Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2017
- Vrede en Lust Artisan Range Blanc Fumé (Wooded) 2016
The Top 10 jury comprised of Neil Ellis, seasoned winemaker and family estate owner, with leading wine writers and judges Christian Eedes and Samarie Smith, as well as winemakers Kobus Gerber and Wilhelm Pienaar, while Morgan Steyn, Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé, joined by invitation to gain tasting and judging experience.
Stephen Classen, Provincial Head of FNB’s Western and Eastern Cape regions explained that FNB partnered with the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group of South Africa (SBIG) in 2007 to launch the competition which has become a leading platform for producers to promote innovation and excellence in the category and reward those creating wines of true distinction.
Claassen went on to say, “FNB Business would like to congratulate all the talented wine producers who have made it this far. Although the aim is to select the Top 10 wines, we do however recognise and celebrate all the finalists for their part in the ongoing establishment of the wine industry in South Africa. FNB Business is a proud supporter of the wine industry and continues to encourage the local and international development of this sector.”
The highly-anticipated Top 10 will be unveiled on 12 October at The Franschhoek Cellar, Franschhoek!
For more information, contact SBIG at tel 021 863 1599.