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South African best wines in 2016

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The South African Wine Index (SAwi) has announced the winners of its annual Grand Wines Collection awards for 2016, naming the best wines in South Africa.

The SAWi compares and condenses results from 84 multinational competitions, reviews and listings, and acknowledges the nature of the competition and additional accolades bestowed on a wine, expressing all the data as a single number out of 100.

Using a score of 93 as the benchmark, wines scoring above that are considered part of the “Grand Wines Collection”.

The 2016 list is sourced from 585 wineries and more than 6000 wines. The ‘Grand Wines Collection’ currently includes 494 wines, with 203 wines, representing 66 wineries, achieving platinum status.

“This year, KWV took the most honours with 11 awards, followed by Cederberg’s and Spier’s 8, Saronsberg 7, while Bouchard Finlayson, Paul Cluver and Diemersdal received 6 awards each,” SAwi said.

“As with a golf or tennis rating system, having received the most accolades does not necessarily imply a number 1 ranking position, but such performances take these wineries close to being coveted trophy winners.”

The table below shows which are the best wines in the country in every category assessed by SAwi.

You can view the full listing here.




Bordeaux Blend

De Toren Private Cellar Fusion V Cabernet Cab Franc Petit Verdot Merlot Malbec


Van Ryn’s 12 YO Distillers Reserve Brandy

Cabernet Franc

Warwick Estate Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Sauvignon

Annandale Wines Cabernet Sauvignon

Cape Blend

Windmeul Cellar Cape Blend Reserve Pinotage Cab Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot

Cape Port

Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Vintage Reserve Port


Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay

Chenin Blanc

De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc


Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Pofadder Cinsault


Bon Courage Andre’s Fame Colombard

Dessert & Fortified Wine

Paul Cluver Estate Wines Riesling Noble Late Harvest


Paul Cluver Estate Wines Gewürtstraminer


Vriesenhof Vineyards Grenachè

Grenaché Blanc

KWV Mentors Grenaché Blanc


Doolhof Wine Estate Signatures of Doolhof Malbec


Annandale Wines Merlot

Méthode Cap Classique

The House of JC Le Roux Pongrảcz Desiderius Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classic

Petit Verdot

KWV The Mentors Petit Verdot


Rijks Private Cellar Pinotage

Pinot Noir

Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir

Red Blend (other)

Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal Sangiovese Pinot Shiraz Mourvèdre Nebiolo Barbera

Rhone Blend

Saronsberg Full Circle Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier


Jordan Wine Estate The Real McCoy Riesling

Sauvignon Blanc

Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc


Cederberg Private Cellar David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon


Eagles Nest Shiraz

Sweet Wine

Klein Constantia Estate Vin de Constance

Tinta Barocca

Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Treinspoor Tinta Barocca


Eagles Nest Viognier

White Wine Blend

Tokara Director’s Reserve White Sauvignon Blanc Semillon


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