Winemag presents the Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2018
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In conjunction with Prescient, a multinational financial services provider, is pleased to present the seventh annual Cabernet Sauvignon Report.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s best travelled dark-skinned wine grape. In its traditional home of Bordeaux, it’s a component of some the world’s greatest wines and it’s been taken up far and wide as producers seek to emulate this. In South Africa, it’s the third most widely planted variety making up 11% of the national vineyard and the Report was devised to scrutinise the top producers on an annual basis.

89 entries were received from 74 producers and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. 40 wines were rated 90 or higher and these were recognised during an event held at Zeitz MOCCA at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on Tuesday, 8 May.

The top wines were as follows:

Nederburg The Manor House 2015 - R162

Neil Ellis Jonkershoek Valley Stellenbosch 2015 - R350

Delaire Graff Reserve 2015 - R750
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2015 - R139
Strydom Rex 2015 - R265
Zorgvliet 2016 - R140

Dombeya Fenix 2014 - R165
Fleur Du Cap Unfiltered 2014 - R143
Glenelly Lady May 2012 - R490
Glenelly Lady May 2013 - R490
Holden Manz 2013 - R160
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2015 - R365
Le Riche Reserve 2015 - R550
Plaisir de Merle 2014 - R210.82
Rust en Vrede Single Vineyard 2015 - R980
Spier Woolworths Private Collection 2015 - R169.99
Stellenbosch Reserve Ou Hoofgebou 2016 - R140
Thelema 2014 - R240
Tokara Reserve Collection Stellenbosch 2014 - R320

Villion 2015 - Not yet released.
Warwick The Blue Lady 2015 - R350

Eikendal 2016 - R195
Ernie Els Proprietor's 2015 - R325
Glenelly Glass Collection 2015 - R105
Le Riche 2015 - R220
Stark-Condé Stellenbosch 2015 - R195

Bartinney Skyfall 2014 - R380
Diemersdal M.M. Louw 2015 - R290
Erika O. 2015 - R550
Groot Constantia 2016 - R223
Joostenberg Philip Albert 2015 - R165
Jordan The Long Fuse 2015 - R189
KWV Cathedral Cellar 2015 - R120
Lanzerac 2015 - R150
Nederburg Two Centuries 2014 - R374
Neil Ellis Stellenbosch 2015 - R150
Rudi Schultz 2015 - R250
Rustenberg Peter Barlow 2015 - R500
Sutherland 2014 - R145
Waterford 2015 - R320

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Christian Eedes is editor. After graduating from Stellenbosch University with a BA Honours in philosophy, he joined Wine magazine in 2000 and served as editor between May 2008 and December 2009. He has completed a wine evaluation course and a small-scale winemaking course under the auspices of the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University. His experience includes tasting for the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and Platter’s South African Wine Guide in addition to various other local and international competitions.

Jacqueline Lahoud is business manager. She has extensive media experience including being publisher of Getaway magazine and Show & Events Director at RamsayMedia. She now runs her own media business in Cape Town.

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