The champions

 

The top 10 SA Sauvignon Blanc wines have just been announced. A panel of leading wine experts chose the 10 from 161 wines submitted during the prestigious 2022 FNB Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10 competition, the only one devoted solely to SB wines.

 

The winemakers

 

Front: Andries Burger (Paul Clüver), Kobus van der Merwe (KWV), Quintin van der Westhuizen (Cilmor), Edwin Mathambo (Bonnievale), Nataleé Botha (Kleine Zalze), Hagen Viljoen (Zevenwacht)

Back: Johan Jordaan (Spier), Charles Hopkins (De Grendel), Stephan Claassen (Provincial Head FNB Business in the Western and Eastern Cape), Shaun McVey (Strandveld), Juandre Bruwer (Diemersdal), Brent Claassens (Managing Director, EVER Solutions)

 

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

  • Bonnievale The River Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2022
  • Cilmor Winemaker’s Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2021
  • De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2022
  • Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2022
  • Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2022
  • KWV Cathedral Cellar Sauvignon Blanc 2020
  • Paul Clüver Village Sauvignon Blanc 2022
  • Spier 21 Gables Sauvignon Blanc 2021
  • Strandveld Pofadderbos Sauvignon Blanc 2022
  • Zevenwacht Z Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2021     

 

Sauvignon Blanc South Africa announced the winners on Thursday 13 October during a special awards function at FNB Portside in Cape Town.  Of the ten champion wines, six are from the 2022 vintage, three from 2021 and one from 2020. The winners come from various diverse regions – Bonnievale and Worcester, Durbanville and Cape Town, the Polkadraai Hills in Stellenbosch, Elgin and Elim.

 

On the vine

 

“This year’s Top 10 is exciting and particularly striking,” says RJ Botha, Sauvignon Blanc SA’s Chairman. “It’s amazing how our winemakers take advantage of their particular terroir to produce their distinctive styles of Sauvignon Blanc. The 102 producers who entered 161 wines deserve praise for the mark they make on the styles and flavour profiles from various terroirs and regions. This year is once again recognised for the excellent balance of winning wines that appear in the Top 10 for the first time, as well as those that have already achieved this feat before.”

 

 

 

 

Taste, buy and learn more about the Top 10

 

Local and international

The Concours Mondial du Sauvignon, the biggest and most important international competition dedicated to Sauvignon Blanc, takes place outside Europe for the first time in its 14-year existence when Sauvignon Blanc SA presents this competition from 13 to 17 March 2023 in Franschhoek.