Thanks to Carrie Adams for e-mailing Angela Lloyd’s list of Top SA Wines – alas, I’ve given up reading Gripe, so had missed the original unveiling. Great minds think alike as Carrie had suggested she and I compile such a list for Classic FM with the novel feature that we’d buy the bottles. How about that – no ripping off producers, no special show barrels/bottlings. But Angela and her gang of nine beat us to the draw. Well, sort of, as they did not actually blind taste the wines they nominated or bother with vintages.
Eleven brands were nominated by all nine judges:
• Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc
• Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvingon
• Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh
• Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay.
• Kanonkop Paul Sauer
• Klein Constantia
• Vin de Constance
• Sadie Columella
• Steenberg Magna Carta
• Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon
• Vergelegen White
A list which is reproduced by Michael Fridjhon in Business Day this morning. I was intrigued to see the Thelema Cab and Hamilton Russel Chard up in lights as the respective current vintages were not even nominated (sighted) for Platter five star fun by their tasters, both of whom are part of the nimble nine. How does that work? One of SA’s best wines but not worth a nomination? There are probably others. Once again, the faint whiff of hypocrisy wafts its foetid fragrance over proceedings.
Hi Neil, As a participant in Angela Lloyd’s survey, a couple of points: 1) I stand open to correction but I think there were only ten wines nominated by all nine judges (Klein Constantia Vin de Constance appearing as two bullet points on Grape but in fact referring to the same wine); 2) the way I understood the exercise was not that those involved should not “bother” with vintage but rather that we should nominate wines that are consistently good over multiple vintages – more a classification taking into account past performance as well as current standing than the outcome of a one-off tasting; and 3) while I was happy to be involved in that I thought the exercise might generate some constructive debate, I certainly wouldn’t want anybody to see the list as utterly definitive and I’m sure nobody else who took part would, either.
Your point 1 is well made.
Point 2 surely doesn’t apply to Steenberg Magna Carta, the second vintage of which seems to have been launched last month.
Confucius say: anything publishing being definitive otherwise why does it. Like girl in pick with pearl necklace, looking like happy ending.
I think if you take a look at the history of Magna Carta and its predecessor, the Catharina White then the choice is made much easier. It goes without saying that the pinnacle of Steenberg’s wines have been their whites – Semillon Reserve and Sauvignon blanc Reserve. Any wine that is the offspring of parents such as these must be good, given expertise in blending that John and his team have in copious amounts.
Mighty useful. Make no mistake, I appecarite it.
Haha. I woke up down today. You’ve chreeed me up!