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THE ’18 SOMMELIERS SELECTION

THE '18 SOMMELIERS SELECTION

Not many recommendations could be more promising than those made by a knowledgeable sommelier that still needs to look you in the eye after he’s made a suggestion to match your food and taste request.

With that in mind, 9 known and respected South African women and men of the trade put their names and make their judgments to create an annual consumer wine list, the closest one can get to a fail proof list of recommendations that will keep your wine drinking experience worth the effort.

The Sommeliers Selection is South Africa’s first wine competition judged solely by a panel of South Africa’s top sommeliers, in categories molded around those of a “wine list.” The South African Sommeliers on the panel all have extensive local and international judging and work experience. Their in-depth knowledge of international and local markets and what the public is looking for in their drinking wines, or pairing with food wines, is unparalleled.

All wines are tasted blind, in categories molded around those of a “wine list”.

2018 LISTED WINES

ECONOMICALLY SAVVY WHITES

Vrede en Lust Early Mist Riesling 2017

Glen Carlou Glen Carlou Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Laborie Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Boschendal Estate 1685 Chardonnay 2017

 

ECONOMICALLY SAVVY REDS

Hartenberg Estate Doorkeeper 2016

Arra Wines Arra Shiraz 2015

 

ECONOMICALLY SAVVY PINKS

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Protea Rosé 2017

 

FRESH & CRUNCHY WHITES

Fryer’s Cove Vineyards Doringbay Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Hidden Valley Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2017

La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Windfall Wine Farm Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Babylonstoren Chenin Blanc 2017

ELEGANT & CLASSY WHITES

D’Aria Winery The Following Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Highlands Road Wines Sine Cera 2015

Darling Cellars Lady Ann Darling 2017

La Chataigne Semillon 2015

Botha Kelder Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc Bush Vine 2017

L’Avenir Wine Estate Single Block Chenin Blanc 2017

Cavalli Wines Cremello 2016

Almenkerk Wine Estate Chardonnay 2016

Eikendal Vineyards Chardonnay 2016

Mont Blois Wine Estate Hoog en Laag 2016

Glen Carlou Quartz Stone Chardonnay 2017

Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2017

Lothian Vineyards Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 2017

Paul Wallace Wines Reflection Chardonnay 2017

L’Avenir Wine Estate Provenance Chenin Blanc 2017

 

VOLUPTUOUS & RICH WHITES

Mont Blois Wine Estate Groot Steen 2016

Perdeberg Cellar The Dry Land Collection Courageous 2016

Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc

Bottega Family Wine Whalehaven Conservation Coast Chardonnay 2014

Stellenbosch Vineyards Limited Release Verdelho 2016

 

LUSCIOUS & AROMATIC WHITES

La Chataigne Fumé Blanc 2017

Villiera Wines Jasmine 2018

 

PINKS

Holden Manz Wine Estate Rosé 2017

 

FRESH & CRUNCHY REDS

Stellenbosch Vineyards Limited Release Grenache 2017

Leeuwenkuil Family Vineyards Cinsault 2016

Stellenbosch Vineyards Limited Release Cinsault 2017

 

​ELEGANT & CLASSY REDS

De Grendel Wines Merlot 2016

Mitre’s Edge Malbec 2016

Le Riche Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Windfall Wine Farm Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Jan Harmsgat JHG Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Druk My Niet Wine Estate Invictus Bordeaux Blend 2013

Zevenwacht Wine Estate Reserve 2013

The High Road Classique 2014

Val de Vie Wines Valley of Life 2014

Wildehurst Wines Wildehurst Red 2014

Vrede en Lust Boet Erasmus 2014

Babylonstoren Babel 2017

Ernie Els Wines Big Easy Red Blend 2017

Bottega Family Wine Whalehaven Conservation Coast Pinot Noir 2014

Le Riche Wines Richesse 2015

 

VOLUPTUOUS & RICH REDS

Shannon Wines Mount Bullet Merlot 2015

Boschendal Estate 1685 Merlot 2016

Bottega Family Wine Idiom SMV Blend 2012

De Grendel Wines Rubaiyat 2015

Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2015

L’Avenir Wine Estate Single Block Pinotage 2016

Eikendal Vineyards Charisma 2016

 

PALE FIZZ

Boschendal Estate Grande Cuvée Brut 2013

La Motte Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2015

 

ROSÉ FIZZ

Villiera Wines Tradition Brut Rosé NV

 

STICKIES & FORTIFIED WINES

Perdeberg Cellar The Dry Land Collection Longevity 2016

Natural Sweet Chenin Blanc

Slanghoek Wynkelder Crème de Chenin 2016

Slanghoek Wynkelder Noble Late Harvest 2016

Neethlingshof Maria Noble Late Harvest 2017

KWV Classic Collection Cape Tawny NV

 

CELLAR SELECTION

Grangehurst Winery Nikela 2007

 

For previews years and more about the competition visit https://www.thesommeliersselection.co.za/

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