You’re not just looking for any old wine. No, you’re looking for only the best of the best. Allow us to introduce you to our selection of South Africa’s best, prize and award-winning wines. These are the top-rated wines in their categories, the crème de la crème – the best wines in South Africa. We invite you to enjoy your first taste of these highly-regarded wines now.
SHOP BY AWARDS
PLATTER’S WINE OF THE YEAR CABERNET SAUVIGNON
BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF STELLENBOSCH CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2019 “Power and precision combine in stellar 2019. Ripe black cherry fruit with lifted perfume notes … fine integrated tannins and fresh, lithe appeal. 75% new French oak adds to muscular richness completing very fine wine.” – Platter’s, 97ptsSHOP NOW
While the jury is out as to which South African wine award, wine competition or wine show is the most prestigious, in recent years the SA wine awards which have received the most recognition both within and outside of the wine industry include:
- Tim Atkin MW’s SA Wine Report
- Platter’s Wine Guide
- Veritas Awards
- Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards
- Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show
- Winemag Prescient Reports
Most wine award shows or competitions are judged by a wine tasting panel of certified wine judges, but some, like Tim Atkin MW’s annual SA Wine Report, are based on the ratings of a respective individual wine critic.
Many consumers and critics alike are of the opinion that the best wines in South Africa are those produced by historic wine estates like Kanonkop, as well as New Wave wine producers like The Sadie Family Wines,Alheit Vineyards,PorseleinbergandCrystallum. While we agree that the Kanonkop Paul Sauer, Sadie Family Wines Columella, Porseleinberg Syrah and Crystallum Cuvée Cinema are excellent contenders for the best wine in South Africa, at CyberCellar we reckon the best wine is the one in your glass!
Most wine ratings, competitions and awards make use of a 100-point scale, or rank wines with awards classified as Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze. On the 100-point scale, a wine score above 90 points is considered excellent, while the best wines are those rank 95 points or higher. Platter’s Wine Guide rates wines out of 5 stars. A Platter’s 5-star rating is considered to be equivalent to 95 points or higher.
South Africa is famous as the birthplace of Pinotage, a crossing between Cinsault and Pinot Noir that was first cultivated in Stellenbosch in 1925 by professor Abraham Perold. While Pinotage was first grown in SA, it is now cultivated in wine regions in other parts of the world. South Africa still has the largest plantings of Pinotage and awarded examples include the Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage, Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage and Beeslaar Pinotage.
South Africa is known for many types of wines, particularly those made from SA’s most planted grape variety Chenin Blanc, as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage, Syrah and Bordeaux Blends that often include Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Increasingly, South African vineyards are known for their diverse microclimates and terroirs, as well as for producing some of the best value-for-money wines in the world. Buy South African wine online now at CyberCellar.com.