Sauvignon Blanc South Africa and FNB have revealed the winners of the 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition with no less than eight out of the 10 victors being from the 2019 vintage. This exciting result for South Africa’s only competition exclusively devoted to Sauvignon Blanc emerged at a gala awards dinner on Wednesday 9 October, held at the FNB Portside building in Cape Town.

In alphabetical order, this year’s Top 10 are:
• Cederberg Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2019
• De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (Wooded)
• Diemersdal Winter Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2019
• Du Toitskloof Land’s End Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (Wooded)
• Groote Post Seasalter Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (Wooded)
• Lomond Sauvignon Blanc 2019
• Merwida Sauvignon Blanc 2019
• Spier Ideology Sauvignon Blanc 2019
• Stark-Condé Round Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (Wooded)
• Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (Wooded)

The Top 10 were drawn from a broad collection of entries this year, with 107 producers submitting 183 wines. The country’s diverse wine growing regions were well represented with five out of the six regions in the Western Cape delivering at least one wine in the top 20. A total of 12 of the top 20 wines were from the 2019 vintage, confirming the industry consensus that this year was an outstanding year for Sauvignon Blanc.

“2019 will be remembered as a very successful year for Sauvignon Blanc and the Top 10 can rightly be proud of their achievement,” says RJ Botha, chairperson of Sauvignon Blanc SA. “The fact that more wines were entered this year, despite the drought that handicapped most wine producers, re-affirm the confidence producers have both in the competition and the excellence that South African Sauvignon Blanc is capable of and forecasts a very positive future. Once again, we see that good Sauvignon Blanc is impervious to geographical boundaries, revealing the broad style and flavour profiles the variety can deliver.”

Stephan Claassen, Provincial Head FNB Business Western Cape, congratulated the 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 winners who continuously push boundaries to stand above the rest. “In order for South African Sauvignon Blanc to remain competitive at a global scale, it is essential that we continue to celebrate and offer platforms to talented producers that allow them to hone and showcase their skills. Our local Sauvignon Blanc producers continue to produce great quality wine and as FNB, we are pleased to be associated with this exciting part of our wine industry,” Claassen says.

The judging panel this year comprised Dr Winifred Bowman, Cape Wine Master and convenor of the panel; Charles Hopkins of De Grendel; Dr Carien Coetzee of Basic Wine; wine judge and writer Fiona McDonald and Wilhelm Pienaar of Hermanuspietersfontein. The panel also included trainee judges Ben Snyman of Overhex Wines, Chandre Petersen of Flagstone Winery, Morgan Steyn of De Grendel and Rudger van Wyk of Starke-Condé Wines.

Wine lovers will be able to acquire the 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 collection via Wine of the Month Club. For more information, send us an email.

A technical seminar based on this year’s performance will take place on Wednesday 20 November in Franschhoek. For more information, call 021 975 4440 or become a member. Join the online conversation about the #FNBTop10 #SauvignonBlancSA and tag Sauvignon Blanc SA on social media.