The Graves sub-region of Bordeaux excels at under-stated, oak-aged dry whites from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. In simple terms, Sauvignon Blanc provides freshness while Semillon provides palate weight but when it comes to the best examples, it’s a case of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.
Sauv-Sem blends are a niche category within South Africa but there is general agreement that overall quality is exceptionally high and the RisCura White Hot Wine Awards serves to provide these wines with the attention they deserve.
30 entries were received from 21 producers for this year’s competition. 12 wines were rated 90 or higher on the 100-point quality scale and these were recognised during an event held at Tjing Tjing Torii, in Cape Town on Wednesday, 2 August.
The top wines were as follows:
Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2013
Constantia Glen Two 2014
Nitida Coronata Integration 2014
Oak Valley Mountain Reserve 2011
Tokara Director's Reserve 2014
Vergelegen G.V.B. 2013
Highlands Road Sine Cera 2013
Gabriëlskloof Magdalena 2013
Strandveld Adamastor 2012
Trizanne Signature Wines Sauvignon Blanc Semilon Reserve 2014
Constantia Uitsig Constantia 2013
Strandveld Adamastor 2013
As best wine overall, the Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2013 won a new top-of-range 225-litre Grande Reserve Château Tradition barrel from Tonnellerie Sylvain. This competition is a companion project to the RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards begun this year and featuring blends from the red varieties of Bordeaux, namely Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
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