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South African Wine

March 5, 2019

Latest Forbes pieces are here regarding South African wines.

This post includes additional photos, and a value scoring of many wines tasted ….

The food, wine, countryside and hospitality were excellent.

View from Anthonij Rupert wines near Franschhoek

Babylonstoren, Stellenbosch

Elgin Valley

Elgin Valley

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

A gathering of Chenin Blanc producers

Bosman Family Vineyards north of Wellington

Olive Hamilton Russell and Chardonnay from Hemel-en-Aarde

Anthony Hamilton Russell with the ever elusive and excellent Ashbourne Pinotage

Hannes Storm of Storm Wines in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley

View from Delaire Graff Estate of Stellenbosch

The winemaking crew from Thokozani and Ovation Wines

A firepit at Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch

A gathering of Chenin Blanc producers

Wines below listed with equivalent 100-point score ranges and are also rated according to their value (price versus quality) as being Superlative (♫♫♫), Excellent (♫♫) or Good (♫) according to my proprietary Vino Value algorithm. This considers factors such as subjective scoring, objective price information and price elasticity.

Prices provided are representative average U.S. retail sales prices, which fluctuate somewhat depending on the state where sales take place.

Vino Value™ Scoring of Selected Wines – Cape Region South Africa February 2019
Winery Wine 100 Point Score Equivalent Range Retail Price – US dollars Value Score
Backsberg Backsberg Chenin Blanc. 2018. 91  to 94 $12.99 Excellent Value ♫♫
Backsberg Tread Lightly Pinotage Rosé. 2018. 91 to 94 $12.99 Excellent Value ♫♫
Backsberg John Martin Reserve. Sauvignon Blanc. 2017. 94 to 97 $22.99 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Backsberg Family Reserve (white). 2017. 97 to 100 $34.99 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Backsberg Pumphouse Shiraz. 2016. 94 to 97 $24.99 Excellent Value ♫♫
Backsberg Klein Babylons Toren Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. 2015. 91 to 94 $24.99 Good Value ♫
Backsberg Family Reserve (red) 2016. 94 to 97 $38.99 Good Value ♫
Babylonstoren Chenin Blanc. 2018. 94 to 97 $19.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Babylonstoren Viognier. 2016/2017. 94 to 97 $26.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Babylonstoren Candide (white). 2017. 91 to 94 $27.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Babylonstoren Shiraz. 2016. 94 to 97 $29.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Painted Wolf Wines The Den Chenin Blanc. 2018. 91 to 94 $12.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Painted Wolf Wines Old Vine Paarl Chenin Blanc. 2017. 94 to 97 $20.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Painted Wolf Wines The Den Pinotage. 2017. 94 to 97 $12.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Painted Wolf Wines Guillermo Swartland Pinotage. 2014. 97 to 100 $22.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Painted Wolf Wines Swartland Syrah. 2015. 94 to 97 $22.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Natte Valleij Stellenbosch Cinsault. 2017. 94 to 97 $30.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Natte Valleij Swartland Cinsault. 2017. 94 to 97 $30.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Natte Valleij Simonsberg Paarl Cinsault. 2017. 94 to 97 $30.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Natte Valleij Darling Cinsault. 2017. 97 to 100 $30.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Natte Valleij Natte Valleij Cinsault. 2017. 94 to 97 $19.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc. 2017. 91  to 94 $15.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Stark-Condé Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon. Jonkershoek Valley. 2016. 91 to 94 $35.00 Good Value ♫
Stark-Condé Oude Nektar. 2016. 94 to 97 $45.00 Good Value ♫
Jordan Wine Estate Inspector Péringuey Chenin Blanc. 2018. 94 to 97 $19.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Delaire Graff Estate Botmaskop. 2016. 94 to 97 $37.00 Good Value ♫
Delaire Graff Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Banghoek, Stellebosch. 2015. 94 to 97 $70.00 Good Value ♫
Delaire Graff Estate Delaire Graff White Reserve. 2016. 94 to 97 $42.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon Jonkershoek Valley. 2015. 94 to 97 $45.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Glenelly Stellenbosch Estate Reserve. 2013. 91 to 94 $27.00 Good Value ♫
Glenelly Lady May. 2013. 91 to 94 $45.00 Good Value ♫
Wildekrans Sauvignon Blanc. 2018. 90 to 91 $17.00 Good Value ♫
Beaumont Family Wines Chenin Blanc. 2018. 90 to 91 $20.00 Good Value ♫
Beaumont Family Wines Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc. 2017. 94 to 97 $35.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Villion Family Wines Chenin Blanc. 2017. 91  to 94 $14.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Beaumont Family Wines Pinotage. 2015. 91 to 94 $30.00 Good Value ♫
Luddite Saboteur. 90 to 91 $30.00 Good Value ♫
Villion Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon. 2015. 91 to 94 $19.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Iona Sauvignon Blanc. 2018. 97 to 100 $13.50 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Creation Wine Estate Estate Chardonnay. 2017. 90 to 91 $16.00 Good Value ♫
Creation Wine Estate Reserve Chardonnay. 2017. 91 to 94 $25.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Creation Wine Estate Estate Pinot Noir. 2017. 91 to 94 $19.50 Excellent Value ♫♫
Creation Wine Estate Reserve Pinot Noir. 2016. 94 to 97 $36.00 Good Value ♫
Creation Wine Estate The Art of Pinot Noir. 2017. 94 to 97 $62.00 Good Value ♫
Creation Wine Estate Reserve Syrah. 2017. 91  to 94 $25.50 Good Value ♫
Creation Wine Estate Syrah Grenache. 2017. 90 to 91 $15.00 Good Value ♫
Storm Wines Vrede Chardonnay. 2017. 94 to 97 $55.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Ataraxia Chardonnay. 2017. 97 to 100 $27.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay. 2017. 97 to 100 $40.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay. 2018. 97 to 100 $40.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Storm Wines Ignis Pinot Noir. 2017. 94 to 97 $55.00 Good Value ♫
Tesselaardsdal Wines Pinot Noir. 2017. 94 to 97 $45.00 Good Value ♫
Tesselaardsdal Wines Pinot Noir. 2018. 94 to 97 $35.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Ataraxia Pinot Noir. 2015. 94 to 97 $32.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Ataraxia Pinot Noir. 2016. 94 to 97 $32.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir. 2017. 94 to 97 $52.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir. 2018. 97 to 100 $52.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Ashbourne Pinotage. 2016. 94 to 97 $60.00 Good Value ♫
Meerlust Estate Meerlust Chardonnay. 2017. 97 to 100 $23.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Meerlust Estate Meerlust Pinot Noir. 2017. 90 to 91 $23.00 Good Value ♫
Meerlust Estate Meerlust Red. 2016. 94 to 97 $15.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Meerlust Estate Meerlust Merlot. 2015. 90 to 91 $23.00 Good Value ♫
Meerlust Estate Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon. 2015. (price half magnum price) 94 to 97 $27.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Meerlust Estate Meerlust Estate Rubicon. 2015. 97 to 100 $32.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Ken Forrester Vineyards Petit Chenin Blanc. 2018. 91 to 94 $13.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Ken Forrester Vineyards Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc. 2017. 94 to 97 $18.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Ken Forrester Vineyards Chenin Blanc. 2007. 94 to 97 $18.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Ken Forrester Vineyards The FMC. 2016. 97 to 100 $60.00 Good Value ♫
Aslina Wines by Ntsiki Biyela Aslina Sauvignon Blanc. 2018. 94 to 97 $20.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Aslina Wines by Ntsiki Biyela Aslina Chardonnay. 2018. 94 to 97 $23.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Aslina Wines by Ntsiki Biyela Aslina Cabernet Sauvignon. 2016. 97 to 100 $27.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Aslina Wines by Ntsiki Biyela Aslina Umsasane. 2016. 97 to 100 $30.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Kloof Street Old Vine Chenin Blanc (Swartland). 2018. 94 to 97 $14.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Mullineux Old Vines White. 2017. 94 to 97 $30.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Mullineux Granite Chenin Blanc. 2017. 97 to 100 $80.00 Good Value ♫
Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Kloof Street Swartland Rouge. 2017. 91 to 94 $17.50 Excellent Value ♫♫
Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Mullineux Syrah. 2016. 97 to 100 $37.50 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Joostenberg Estate Joostenberg Chenin Blanc. 2018. 91  to 94 $13.50 Excellent Value ♫♫
Joostenberg Estate Die Agteros’ Chenin Blanc. 2017. 91 to 94 $20.00 Good Value ♫
Botanica Wines The Mary Delaney Collection Chenin Blanc. 2017. 94 to 97 $26.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Mulderbosch Vineyards Chenin Blanc Steen Op Hout. 2017. 91 to 94 $12.99 Excellent Value ♫♫
Mulderbosch Vineyards Chenin Blanc Block W. 2015. 94 to 97 $32.50 Excellent Value ♫♫
Raats Family Wines Original Chenin Blanc. 2018. 91 to 94 $15.99 Excellent Value ♫♫
Raats Family Wines Old Vine Chenin Blanc. 2017. 91 to 94 $29.00 Good Value ♫
DeMorgenzon Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc Method Cap Classique NV 94 to 97 $37.50 Good Value ♫
DeMorgenzon Stellenbosch Maestro White 94 to 97 $25.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Bosman Family Vineyards Generation 8 Chenin Blanc. 2018. 94 to 97 $14.99 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Bosman Family Vineyards Upper Hemel en Aarde Valley Sauvignon Blanc. 2017. 91 to 94 $18.99 Excellent Value ♫♫
Bosman Family Vineyards Optenhorst Chenin Blanc. 2016. 94 to 97 $44.99 Good Value ♫
Bosman Family Vineyards Twyfelling Cinsault. 2017. 94 to 97 $25.99 Excellent Value ♫♫
Ovation Spumanté 91  to 94 $10.35 Excellent Value ♫♫
Ovation Sauvignon Blanc. 2017. 91  to 94 $10.35 Excellent Value ♫♫
Ovation Merlot. 2017. 91 to 94 $11.90 Excellent Value ♫♫
Thokozani Thokozani Shiraz, Mourvèdre,Viognier. 2017. 94 to 97 $15.70 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Diemersfontein Pinotage (‘Coffee Pinotage’). 2017. 97 to 100 $18.99 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Joostenberg Estate Joostenberg ‘Die Agteros’ Chenin Blanc. 2017. 91 to 94 $13.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Bellingham Wines The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc. 2017. 91 to 94 $17.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
David & Nadia Hoë-Steen Chenin Blanc. 2017. 94 to 97 $50.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Longridge Wine Estate Ou Steen Chenin Blanc. 2016. 94 to 97 $28.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Boekenhoutskloof Winery Semillon. 2016. 94 to 97 $23.50 Excellent Value ♫♫
Allée Bleue Black Series Old Vine Pinotage. 2017. (cellar door) 94 to 97 $24.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Boschendal 1685 Sauvignon Blanc. VINTAGE? 91 to 94 $17.00 Good Value ♫
Boschendal Elgin Chardonnay. 2016. 94 to 97 $35.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Boschendal Pinotage Rosé. 90 to 91 $13.99 Good Value ♫
Boschendal 1685 Cabernet Sauvignon. 2016. 91 to 94 $24.99 Good Value ♫
Boschendal Black Angus. 2015. 94 to 97 $40.00 Good Value ♫
Reyneke Wines Organic Syrah. 2017. 94 to 97 $25.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Reyneke Wines Reserve Biodynamic Red Wine. 2016. 94 to 97 $25.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Reyneke Wines Organic 17 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. 2017. 94 to 97 $15.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Reyneke Wines Cornerstone 2015 (red blend) 97 to 100 $25.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Reyneke Wines Cabernet Sauvignon. 2015. 97 to 100 $65.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc. 2018. 94 to 97 $20.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Groot Constantia Constantia Merlot. YEAR? 91 to 94 $28.00 Good Value ♫
Groot Constantia Constantia Pinotage. 2017. 91 to 94 $28.00 Good Value ♫
Groot Constantia Constantia Shiraz. 2017. 94 to 97 $28.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Groot Constantia Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve (red blend). 2018. 97 to 100 $50.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Klein Constantia Estate Sauvignon Blanc. 2018. 91 to 94 $17.99 Good Value ♫
Klein Constantia Estate Constantia Glen. 2017. ?? 91 to 94 $28.00 Good Value ♫
Klein Constantia Estate Constantia Glen 3 (Red blend). 2015. 91 to 94 $27.00 Good Value ♫
Klein Constantia Estate Constantia Glen 5 (Red blend). 2014. 94 to 97 $38.00 Good Value ♫
Klein Constantia Estate Metis Sauvignon Blanc. 2017. 94 to 97 $24.99 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Klein Constantia Estate 1685 Clara Sauvignon Blanc. 2017. 94 to 97 $29.99 Good Value ♫
Klein Constantia Estate 1685 Chardonnay. 2017. 94 to 97 $29.99 Excellent Value ♫♫
Klein Constantia Estate 1685 Estate Red. 2015. 94 to 97 $29.99 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Klein Constantia Estate Stellenbosch Anwilka (red blend). 2014. 94 to 97 $51.99 Good Value ♫
Klein Constantia Estate 1685 Vin de Constance (sweet wine). 2015. 97 to 100 $94.99 Excellent Value ♫♫
Spier 1692 Chenin Blanc. 2018. 94 to 97 $8.25 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Spier 1692 Vintage Selection Chenin Blanc. 2017. 94 to 97 $13.99 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Spier 21 Gables Sauvignon Blanc. 2018. 91 to 94 $22.00 Good Value ♫
Spier Creative Block 5 (red blend). 2015. 94 to 97 $23.00 Excellent Value ♫♫
Spier 21 Gables Pinotage. 2015. 94 to 97 $26.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Spier First Stone (red blend). 2015. 97 to 100 $35.00 Superlative Value ♫♫♫
Spier Frans K. Smit (red blend). 2015. 97 to 100 $80.00 Good Value ♫

A sage and serious warning for the many rural walkers in South Africa

Posts during the coming months will include tastings of Bordeaux, Swiss and possibly Burgundian wines.

Enjoy the coming springtime….! And thanks for tuning in.

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