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Wine News: 2021 Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10 Winners Announced

13 October 2021

Cheers to South African Sauvignon Blanc, especially those of the 2020 vintage! Sauvignon Blanc South Africa has announced the winners of the 2021 Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10 competition – and no less than seven of the champion wines are from the 2020 vintage, which turned out to be an excellent vintage for Sauvignon Blanc.

These exciting results of South Africa's only competition dedicated to Sauvignon Blanc were announced on Wednesday 13 October 2021 during an exceptional awards ceremony hosted with the support of FNB and EVER Solutions at five different restaurants in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

This year's Top 10 (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Bellevue Sauvignon Blanc 2021
  • Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2021
  • Flagstone Free Run Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2020
  • Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2020
  • Le Grand Domaine The Pledge Our Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2020
  • Nitida Wild Child 2020
  • Spier 21 Gables Sauvignon Blanc 2020
  • Steenberg The Black Swan Sauvignon Blanc 2020
  • Strandveld Pofadderbos Sauvignon Blanc 2021
  • Thelema Sutherland Sauvignon Blanc 2020         

The Top 10 was judged by a panel of leading wine experts with Cape Wine Master Dr Winifred Bowman as convener, as well as Charles Hopkins, cellar master of De Grendel, wine judge and author Fiona McDonald, Rüdger van Wyk, winemaker of Stark-Condé Wines, Johann Fourie, chief winemaker of Benguela Cove, as well as two Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés, Kelsey Shungking of Mullineux and Leeu and Victoria Davis of Boekenhoutskloof.

“This year will be remembered as a world-class Top 10 and all 96 producers who entered can therefore rightly be proud of the performance of their 157 wines,” says RJ Botha, Chairman of Sauvignon Blanc SA. "We see exciting innovation with six winning wines appearing in the Top 10 for the first time, as well as a good balance with four winning wines that have already achieved this feat before. The results confirm diversity and growth in South African Sauvignon Blanc, as well as diversity in origin with the winners coming from diverse regions, including Darling, Durbanville, Constantia, Stellenbosch, Elgin and Elim.”
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