Twenty Sauvignon Blanc wines have been shortlisted as finalists for 2016 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 honours.
The contenders, in alphabetical order, are
- Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanc 2015
- Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2015
- Catherine Marshall Sauvignon Blanc 2015
- De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2016
- Delaire Graff Sauvignon Blanc 2016
- Diemersdal MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2015
- Eikendal Sauvignon Blanc 2015
- Elgin Vintners Sauvignon Blanc 2015
- Fryer’s Cove Bamboesbay Sauvignon Blanc 2015
- Hermanuspietersfontein Nr 5 Sauvignon Blanc 2013
- Jordan Sauvignon Blanc 2016
- Jordan The Outlier Sauvignon Blanc 2015
- Ken Forrester Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2015
- Merwida Sauvignon Blanc 2016
- Nitida Golden Orb Sauvignon Blanc 2015
- Phizante Kraal Sauvignon Blanc 2016
- Simonsig Sunbird Sauvignon Blanc 2015
- Steenberg Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc (Woolworths) 2016
- Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016
- Uitkyk Sauvignon Blanc 2015
This year’s finalists, selected by an esteemed judging panel, hail from a variety of regions: Elgin (5), Durbanville (4), Stellenbosch (3) and Western Cape (3). Bamboes Bay, Breedekloof, Cape Peninsula, Constantia and Sondagskloof each have one candidate in the running for Top 10 fame.
The Top 10 jury, convened by seasoned winemaker and family estate proprietor Neil Ellis, included wine journalist, Christian Eedes, winemakers, Wilhelm Pienaar and Narina Cloete as well as Cape Wine Master, Winnie Bowman. Two protégé tasters, Chandré Petersen and Sacha Muller, joined the panel to gain invaluable tasting and judging experience.
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 of this noble cultivar to showcase and benchmark their wines.
“Congratulations to all the talented wine producers who have made it this far. Although we are aiming to select the Top 10 wines, we recognise and celebrate all the finalists for their excellence and immense contribution to the growth and development of the wine industry in South Africa. Sauvignon Blanc as a cultivar and wine lovers in particular will benefit from the hard work, innovation and creativity that has gone into producing these vibrant and dynamic wine blends,” says Stephan Claassen, Provincial Head at FNB, Western and Eastern Cape Region.
“FNB 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 during an awards luncheon at Nooitgedacht Estate in Stellenbosch on 14 October.
For more information, contact SBIG at tel 021 863 1599. Find the latest SBIG news on www.sauvignonblanc.com or stay connected on social media
Join the conversation using #SBIG #FNBTop10
Issued by Marlene Truter Communications
On behalf of SBIG
tel 083 294 6060
tel 021 863 1599