Prescient Minority Wine Report 2021 Is Live!

The focus of the Minority Report is on wines from varieties whose respective total plantings do not exceed 5 000ha. South Africa’s eight most widely planted varieties (Chenin Blanc, Colombar, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Pinotage, Chardonnay, and Merlot in that order) all have plantings of over 5 000ha and together makeup 82% of the national vineyard – this is a chance for the more subordinate varieties to shine!

 

Top 10 Wines In The Prescient Merlot Report 2021

This year’s Merlot Report sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. There were 55 entries received from 45 producers and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

 

Prescient Pinotage Report 2021 Reveals Some Real South African Wine Gems

This year’s Pinotage Report sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient attracted 58 entries received from 46 producers and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. The report revealed some real gems under the Pinotage grape category, confirming the fact that proudly South African wine variety can certainly compete with the best on a global scale.

 

Stellenbosch Dominates With Nine Wines In The Top 10 Cabernet Sauvignon Report

This year’s Cabernet Sauvignon Report sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient attracted 86 entries received from 71 producers and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

 

South African Chenin Blancs Are Showing Subtle, Low-key Vinification To The Fore

Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most widely planted variety, making up 17 148ha or 18.6% of the total 92 005ha currently under vine. Not surprisingly, it’s a category offering tremendous depth of quality.

 

Call For Entries: Prescient Pinotage Report 2021

Entries for the Pinotage Report 2021 sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient are now open.

 

Small But Important Wine Category Offers Outstanding Quality Relative To Price

Cape White Blends make for an important, if niche, category. No official definition exists but our proposal is that such wines can be made from any combination of varieties as long as they include a significant Chenin Blanc component, specifically more than 15% and less than 85% – Chenin is our most planted variety by far (17 148ha in the ground at the end of 2020, this making up 18.6% of the national vineyard) and we should find ways to celebrate it.

 

Port-style Wines Dominate The Top 10 At The Prescient Sweet Wine And Fortifieds Report 2021

This year’s Sweet Wine & Fortifieds Report convened by Winemag.co.za and sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. Entries were as follows: 1) Natural Sweet – two; 2) Noble Late Harvest – 15; 3) Straw – seven; 4) Hanepoot – four; 5) Muscadel – six; and 6) Port-style – nine.

 

FINAL CALL FOR ENTRY: Chenin Blanc And Cape White Blend Report 2021

Entries for the Chenin Blanc & Cape White Blends Report 2021 sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient close on 7 April. Don’t miss your chance to enter!

 

Blanc De Blancs To The Fore In The Prescient Cap Classique Report 2021

The second annual Cap Classique Report convened by Winemag.co.za and sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. There were 83 entries received from 43 producers and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.