September 20, 2019

THE SOMMELIERS SELECTION 2019 WINNERS ANNOUNCED


And a chance to taste some of the best South African food wines

The Sommeliers Selection 2019 winning wines have been announced in a year in which the popular wine tasting event – a must for those who like pairing wine with food – will take place in KwaZulu Natal for the first time, along with Gauteng and the Western Cape where it has been successfully held for the past four years.

The Sommeliers Selection is the only South African wine competition judged solely by a panel of South Africa’s top sommeliers, in categories fashioned around the perfect varietals for both a restaurant wine menu and to accompany food.

This year more than 400 wines from the country’s top wine estates were entered into the contest. Winning wines, beer and gin come from more than 60 farms with stand-out wines including the Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2018, Plaisir de Merle Grand Plaisir 2014, Idiom Bordeaux Blend 2015, Villiera Wines Tradition Brut NV, Peter Falke Wines Méthode Cap Classique 2013 and, in the craft beer category, the Cape Brewing Company’s Mandarina Bavaria IPA.

These – and many more – can be sampled at the tasting evenings to be held in October in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Says Darielle Robertson from The Sommeliers Selection: “Our panel of sommeliers blind taste individually, before discussing the wines and deciding if they fulfill the criteria of being placed on the Sommeliers Selection ‘ultimate’ wine list. With categories such as Fresh & Crunchy White or Voluptuous & Rich Red, wines of different varieties, blends and pricing, but stylistically similar, can stand alongside each other and restaurant patrons can choose a wine that suits their palate and their pocket.”

Judges for this year’s competition were Joakim Hansi Blackadder, head of the wine programme for The Hoghouse Brewing Company and board member of both Somm Hospitality Enterprises and SA Sommelier Association; Wikus Human, head sommelier at Marble restaurant and the 2017 Best Young Sommelier in South Africa award winner; Tinashe Nyamudoka, head sommelier at The Test Kitchen who has represented Zimbabwe at the World Blind Tasting Championships and is a board member of the South African Sommelier Association and the Black Cellar Club; Chantelle Gous who works with the Singita Premierwine Direct team; Wayve Kolevsohn, head sommelier at The Test Kitchen in Cape Town; Esmé Groenewald, administrator for the SA Sommelier Association and board member of Somm Hospitality Enterprises; Barry Scholfield, board member of the SA Sommelier Association and Somm Hospitality Enterprises; Tongai Joseph Dhafana, internationally celebrated sommelier from La Calombe, wine judge with his own successful wine label Mosi Wines and board member of the BLACC Cellar and Xolani Mancotywa, recently appointed as a private client’s manager for the Moet Hennessy portfolio in South Africa.

THE SOMMELIERS SELECTION 2019 WINNERS

ECONOMICALLY SAVVY WHITES

Bonnievale Wines The River Collection Chardonnay 2019

Montagu Winery Chenin Blanc 2019

Laborie Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Glen Carlou Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Trizanne Signature Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2019

De Kleine Wijn Koöp Klipkers Wit 2019

Zevenwacht Wine Estate The Tin Mine 2018

ECONOMICALLY SAVVY REDS

Arra Wines Cape Blend 2013

Bonnievale Wines Bonnievale River Collection Pinotage 2018

Flagstone Winery Treaty Tree Cabernet Malbec Merlot 2017

Flagstone Winery Truth Tree Pinotage 2017

ECONOMICALLY SAVVY PINKS

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Protea Dry Rosé 2019

ECONOMICALLY SAVVY FIZZ

D’Aria Winery Love Song Pinot Noir 2018

FRESH & CRUNCHY – WHITES

Villiera Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2019

De Grendel Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Groote Post Vineyards Seasalter 2019

ELEGANT & CLASSY – WHITES

Constantia Uitsig Natura Vista 2017

Constantia Uitsig Semillon 2017

 Highlands Road Wines Chardonnay 2017

uniWines Daschbosch Steen 2017

Shannon Vineyards Triangle Block 2017

Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2018*

Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Kaapzicht Wine Estate Kliprug Chenin Blanc 2018

Groot Constantia Wine Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Botha Kelder Amyah Chenin Blanc 2018

Botha Kelder Amyah Chardonnay 2018

Creation Wines Reserve Chardonnay 2018

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay 2017

VOLUPTUOUS & RICH – WHITES

Perdeberg Cellar The Dry Land Collection Rossouw’s Heritage 2017

De Wet Wine Cellar Chardonnay 2018

The Bridge of Hope Wines Chardonnay 2018

Ken Forrester Wines The FMC 2018

LUSCIOUS & AROMATIC – WHITES

Zevenwacht Wine Estate Gewürztraminer 2016

M’hudi Wines Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2017

Groote Post Vineyards

Kapokberg Chardonnay 2017

Lothian Vineyards Riesling – Vineyard Selection 2018

PINKS

Boschendal The Rose Garden Rosé 2019

Vrede en Lust Jess Rosé 2019

FRESH & CRUNCHY – REDS

Wildehurst Wines Cinsault 2017

ELEGANT & CLASSY – REDS

Quoin Rock Wines Namysto Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The High Road Classique 2015

Jason’s Hill Private Cellar Izak Reserve 2015

Stofberg Family Vineyards Le Belle Rebelle Mariette Syrah 2015

Quoin Rock Wines Shiraz 2015

Quoin Rock Wines Red Blend 2015

Vrede en Lust Lady J Syrah 2016

Iona Solace 2016

Waverley Hills De Huijsbosch 2017

Aslina Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2017

Groot Constantia Wine Estate Gouverneurs Reserve 2017

Babylonstoren Babel 2018

Elgin Vintners Ridgelands Pinot Noir 2018

Mischa Estate Malbec Limited Edition 2018

Plaisir de Merle Grand Plaisir 2014*

VOLUPTUOUS & RICH – REDS

Brampton Wines Brampton Roxton 2015

Old Road Wine Co. The Butcher and Cleaver 2015

Idiom Bordeaux Blend 2015*

Lourensford Wine Estate Chrysalis Red Blend 2015

Peter Falke Wines PF Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Elgin Vintners Ridgelands Syrah 2016

Flagstone Winery Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Wildekrans Wine Estate Cape Blend Barrel Select Reserve 2016

Tokara Directors Reserve Red 2016

De Grendel Wines Amandelboord Pinotage 2017

Wildekrans Wine Estate Pinotage Barrel Select Reserve 2016

Creation Wines Reserve Syrah 2017

PALE FIZZ

Villiera Wines Tradition Brut NV*

Hout Bay Vineyards Klasiek MCC 2016

ROSÉ FIZZ

Villiera Wines Tradition Brut Rosé NV

VINTAGE FIZZ

Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut MCC 2013

La Motte Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2016

Peter Falke Wines Méthode Cap Classique 2013*

STICKIES & FORTIFIED WINES

Constantia Nectar Natural Sweet Wine 2009

Piekenierskloof Wine Company Straw Wine 2017

CRAFT SPIRITS

Bartinney Private Cellar The Tempest Gin Autumn

CRAFT BEER

Cape Brewing Company Lite Lager

Cape Brewing Company Lager

Hoghouse Brewing company Haybale/Saison

Stellenbosch Brewing Company Whaow! Imperial Stout

Cape Brewing Company Amber Weiss

Cape Brewing Company Mandarina Bavaria IPA

STAND OUT WINES/BEER

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