Top 10 Pinotages

Cathy shares this year's Absa Top 10.

by: Cathy Marston | 03 Sep 2012

Winter is the time of wine competitions in South Africa – in summer, everyone is too busy making it or drinking it to have time to judge it! 

Wine competitions

Although there are claims that running a wine competition is simply to generate income for the competition’s owner, it actually costs quite a lot of money to run a competition well.

You need a combination of qualified tasters, good back-room organisation, a decent venue, eagle-eyed auditors and all of those things cost money, often far in excess of any entry fees. So, as with most cases when you need money, the first people you turn to are the banks.

Absa Pinotage Top Ten 2012

Absa has had a long association with Pinotage for many years, sponsoring not only the Top Ten competition but a book and a series of other initiatives aimed at raising the profile of our national grape. The Absa Top Ten Pinotages were announced at a huge affair on Friday with a four-course lunch for around 100 winemakers, media and top brass from the bank.

The results were interesting with no room in the top twenty for Pinotage-stalwarts such as Kanonkop, Beyerskloof, Diemersfontein and Welbedacht (did they all enter? I don’t know). The short-listed wines showed off delicious soft tannins, juicy fruit and a real elegance not always associated with Pinotage. Top area of the day for Pinotage was Durbanville with 3 winners, and many congratulations to them all.

Top 10 Pinotages are:

Wellington Wines La Cave 2010

Painted Wolf Guillermo 2009

Swartland Bush Vine 2010

Durbanville Hills Rhinofields 2011

Rijks Private Cellar 2008

Simonsig Redhill 2010

Diemersdal 2011

Spier 21 Gables 2010

Altydgedacht 2011

Windmeul Reserve 2011


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