Ten superb Sauvignon Blanc wines were lauded today (Thursday, 13 September) when the results of the 2012 FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc competition were announced. The competition, presented by the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group of South Africa (SBIG) with sponsorship provided by FNB, celebrates the quality, diversity and regionality of this white wine cultivar which has over the last decade become South Africa’s favourite white grape variety.
Five experienced judges had the challenging task of tasting 195 entered wines (compared to 169 in 2011) in order to first select the Top 20 and then to whittle it down to the exclusive group of 10, representing the wines that the judges agreed showed the most distinctive features of South African Sauvignon Blanc, while maintaining elegance, clean fruit expression and overall balance.
The 2012 winners (7 from the 2012 vintage and 3 from 2011) are:
- · Clos Malverne 2011
- · De Morgenzon DMZ 2012
- · Diemersdal MM Louw 2011 (wooded)
- · Driehoek 2012
- · Du Toitskloof 2012
- · Groote Post 2012
- · Lomond Pincushion 2011
- · Neethlingshof Single Vineyard 2012
- · Simonsig Sunbird 2012
- · Virgin Earth Pepper Tree 2012
“The Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition was initiated to promote innovation and excellence and we undoubtedly found those characteristics in these ten wines,” says judging panel chairperson and wine writer Christian Eedes. “The fact that the ten winning wines originate from very different producing areas including Cape Agulhas, Breedekloof, Cederberg, Darling, Durbanville, Elgin, Langeberg-Garcia and Stellenbosch gives a clear indication that South Africa’s great diversity of macro and micro climates allow for a broad range of Sauvignon Blanc styles.”