The Chardonnay Report

Find out which Chardonnays are the best in South Africa.

29 Oct 2015

In conjunction with Prescient, a multinational financial services provider, is pleased to present the fifth annual Chardonnay Report, the Prescient Chardonnay Report (previously the Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report).

When Chardonnay is at its best, it’s arguably the grape responsible for the greatest dry white wine in the world, whatever lovers of Riesling might like to think. It has a universal following, by far the best selling wine, white or red, in the United States for instance. And there is a well-established frame of reference when it comes to discussion of style and quality, the traditional home of the variety being Burgundy in the northeast of France where it has been grown for centuries but benchmark examples occurring around the world especially from Australia and California, USA.

In South Africa, serious attempts at growing the grape date from the early 1980s and the variety is currently the seventh most planted making up just over 7% of the national vineyard. All of the above makes the South African wine industry’s efforts with it worthy of scrutiny.

There were 60 wines in the line-up, submission by invitation only. 29 wines were rated 90 or higher on the 100-point quality scale and these were recognised during an event held at Gallery MOMO in Cape Town on Wednesday, 28 October.

The top performing wines were as follows:


Eikendal 2014
Groot Constantia 2014
KWV The Mentors 2013
Paul Cluver Estate 2014
Paul Cluver Seven Flags 2014
Richard Kershaw Elgin Clonal Selection 2014
Sumaridge 2013

Uva Mira The Single Tree 2014


StellenRust Barrel Fermented 2014
Uva Mira The Mira 2014


Evidence 2014 (Julien Schaal)
Hamilton Russell Vineyards 2014
Hartenberg 2013
Newton Johnson Southend 2014
Oak Valley Elgin 2014
Tokara Reserve Collection Stellenbosch 2014
Vergelegen Reserve 2014


Chamonix 2014
Iona Elgin 2014
Môreson Mercator Premium 2014
Radford Dale 2013
Vriesenhof 2014
Warwick White Lady 2014


Ataraxia 2013
Bartinney 2014
Buitenverwagting 2014
DeMorgenzon Reserve 2014
Mulderbosch 2014
Rustenberg Five Soldiers 2013

For the full report: #PrescientChard Report 2015, in conjunction with Prescient are hosting two Public Tastings events to showcase the top-rated Chardonnays. Tickets are available online for 4th November in Johannesburg at the Radisson Blu Hotel Gautrain and 11th November in Cape Town, at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront.

- Press Release


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