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Top 10 sauvignon blancs announced – and 2020 vintages are the ones to beat

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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 today during an awards ceremony hosted with the support of FNB and EVER Solutions at five different restaurants in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

A panel of leading wine experts judged the top 10 this year, 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.

RJ Botha, Chairman of Sauvignon Blanc SA, says now is the time to support each other in the industry. “It is a privilege to be able to give back to the larger hospitality industry through #SaveSARestaurants. Our thanks go to Reuben’s in Franschhoek, Decameron in Stellenbosch, PLTFRM in Pretoria, Magica Roma in Pinelands and De Malle Meul in Philadelphia who received us with open arms. Many thanks also to our platinum partners FNB and EVER Solutions for their understanding of our industry and their contribution to our success.”

The top 10 sauvignon blancs

Ready to find out which sauvignon blancs made the list this year? Watch the announcement below, featuring popular media personality Success Lekabe and award-winning sommelier Joseph Dhafana.

Taste, buy and get to know the top sauvignon blancs

Ready to dive into the best sauvignon blancs SA has to offer? Here’s where to get more information.

  • Download a FREE online booklet with tasting notes and sensory profiles of each of the top 10 at www.sauvignonblanc.com.
  • Wine lovers can buy the 2021 Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10 collection via www.wineofthemonth.co.za, as well as at Wine Stellenbosch TOPS.
  • Be quick to get a ticket for the Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10 Tasting & Canapés on Thursday 21 October 2021 at Fratelli Palmieri (021 015 5064, info@fratpal.co.za) in Woodstock, Wednesday 28 October 2021 at The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa (044 050 3500, book@turbinehotel.co.za) in Knysna, and in November at the Devon Valley Hotel (021 865 2012, info@devonvalleyhotel.com) in Stellenbosch.
  • A technical seminar that, among other things, conveys information about the top 10, will be held on Wednesday 17 November 2021 in Franschhoek.
  • Join the conversation with #SauvignonBlancSATop10 and follow Sauvignon Blanc SA on Twitter as @SauvignonSA and on Facebook and Instagram as @sauvignonblancsa.

Join Sauvignon Blanc SA

Passionate about sauvignon blanc? Anyone can become a member of Sauvignon Blanc SA to enjoy the benefits of shared expertise. Sauvignon Blanc SA promotes the quality of South African Sauvignon Blanc locally and internationally. For more information, or to subscribe to the Sauvignon Blanc SA newsletter, visit www.sauvignonblanc.com or call 021 975 4440.

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