2016 SAWi WINE EXCELLENCE AWARDS 

The South African Wine Index (SAWi) was established in 2009 with the aim of independently identifying South Africa’s best wines. SAWi’s hope was that the collection of these best wines, or ‘South African Grand Wines’ (see Part 2), would then allow for the international promotion of the South African wine industry as a producer of high-quality wines, in contrast to its reputation at the time as a producer of cheap bulk wine.
 
SAWi’s unique ‘Algorithm of Excellence’ is applied to measure the performance of individual wines, across multiple vintages, and compares and condenses the results from more than 100 multinational competitions, reviews and listings, acknowledging the nature of the competition and any additional accolades bestowed on a wine, and expresses this as a single value out of 100.
 
Through the ongoing indexing process, it is now easy to distinguish top performing producers, and which of their wines are consistently accepted as exceptional. In addition to making the international promotion of the best South African wines possible, the Index offers consumers an opportunity to make a reliable decision about which wines to buy – without being subject to the necessary vagaries of annual wine competitions, or a vintage-specific performance.
 
SAWi sets two aspirational benchmarks against which to measure wine quality: Grand Gold status, which is awarded to wines that score more than 93 Index points, and Platinum status, for wines which score above 95. Together, these sets comprise the ‘South African Grand Wines Collection’.
 
Sourced from 585 wineries or more than 6000 wines, the ‘Grand Wines Collection’ currently includes 494 wines and only 203 wines, representing 66 wineries, have achieved Platinum status. 
While SAWi indexes all South African wines as a matter of routine, SAWi members are invited to attend the annual SA Wine Index ‘Wine Excellence Awards’ at which their performance in particular is acknowledged. 
 
The 2016 SAWi ‘Wine Excellence Awards’ were hosted, again, by Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, who accommodated guests in a number of luxurious rooms on the Grootbos property and in nearby De Kelders and Stanford. 
 
Grootbos regularly tops various international travel lists as South Africa’s leading 5-star family friendly leisure destination for the environmentally and socially conscious. SAWi is proud to be associated with Grootbos, the home of the South African Wine Index Awards and most of SAWi’s top performing wines.
 
SAWi is pleased to be supported by Union Pay International and the SAWi ‘Algorithm of Excellence’ is endorsed by PKF Chartered Accountants.
 
2016 ‘Wine Excellence Awards’ Multi-year Highlights
This year, KWV took the most honours with 11 awards, followed by Cederberg’s and Spier’s 8, Saronsberg 7, while Bouchard Finlayson, Paul Cluver and Diemersdal received 6 awards each. As with a golf or tennis rating system, having received the most accolades does not necessarily imply a number 1 ranking position, but such performances take these wineries close to being coveted trophy winners. 
 
SAWi Commendation Award
Whilst various innovative and strategic initiatives are currently being entertained in regard to ‘wine grape cultivation’ (growth), winemaking and generic exports (sales), the transformation of the industry is still in its infancy. Very little emphasis is being placed on directly addressing the inherent historical racial bias of the wine industry at management level and promoting the necessary black leaders needed to take this sector into the 21st century.
 
‘Women in Wine’ is one of South Africa’s first black-owned companies driven by women with experience and skills in marketing, wine analysis, finance, development and training, and social responsibility, aiming to empower and uplift women in the wine industry with specific emphasis on developing their communities too. 
 
These women often give unconditionally of themselves without ever expecting something in return and in most cases without assistance. 
 
SAWi is proud to commend Beverly Farmer, ‘Women in Wine’ co-founder and CEO, on behalf of all women in wine.
 
Special Awards
Highest score achieved for a Noble White produced in SA
Kleine Zalze Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay
DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 
 
Highest score achieved for a Noble Red produced in SA
Eagles Nest Shiraz
Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
Rijks Private Cellar Pinotage
 
Trophy Finalists (alphabetical order)
High-End Red Wine Producer of the Year (based on scores for top three red wines)
Bouchard Finlayson
De Toren Private Cellar
Groot Constantia Estate
Hamilton Russell Vineyards
Kleine Zalze Wines
KWV Mentors
Oak Valley
Rustenburg Wines
Saronsberg
Wildekrans Wine Estate
 
High-End White Wine Producer of the Year (based on scores for top three white wines) 
Cederberg Private Cellar
DeMorgenzon
Groot Constantia Estate
Hamilton Russel Vineyards
Jordan Wine Estate 
Ken Forrester
Kleine Zalze Wines 
Oak Valley Wines
Paul Cluver Estate Wines
Rustenburg Wines
 
Trophy Winners
High-End Red Wine Producer of the Year
Saronsberg Cellar 
 
High-End White Wine Producer of the Year 
Kleine Zalze Wines
 
High-End Wine Producer of the Year (based on scores for top three white & red wines)
Groot Constantia Estate
Winemaker of the Year
Boela Gerber
(Groot Constantia Estate)
Viticulturist Award
Floricius Beukes
(Groot Constantia Estate)
 
Top Category Awards
Chardonnay
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay
Runner-up: Paul Cluver Estate Wines Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc
DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc
Runner-up: Ken Forrester Wines The FMC 
Gewűrztraminer
Paul Cluver Estate Wines Gewűrztraminer
Runner Up: Neethlingshof Estate Gewűrztraminer
Riesling
Jordan Wine Estate Riesling
Runner-up: Paul Cluver Estate Wines Riesling 
Sauvignon Blanc
Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Runner-up: Cederberg Private Cellar Sauvignon Blanc
Semillon
Cederberg Private Cellar Ghost Corner Semillon
Runner-up: KWV Mentors Semillon
Viognier
Eagles Nest Viognier
Runner-up: Creation Wines Viognier
White Blend
DeMorgenzon Maestro 
Runner-up: Spier Creative Block 2
 
Cabernet Sauvignon
Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Cab Sauvignon
Runner-up: Rustenberg Wines Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Doolhof Wine Estate Signatures of Doolhof Malbec
Runner-up: Diemersfontein Wines Carpe Diem Malbec Reserve
Merlot
Annandale Wines Merlot
Runner-up: Boland Cellar Reserve Merlot
Petit Verdot (no runner-up)
KWV The Mentors Petit Verdot
Pinot Noir (shared)
Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
Runner-up: Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir
Pinotage
Rijks Private Cellar Pinotage 
Runner-up: Wildekrans Wine Estate Pinotage Barrel Select Reserve
Shiraz
Eagles Nest Shiraz
Runner-up: Groot Constantia Estate Shiraz
Bordeaux Blend
De Toren Private Cellar Fusion V 
Rustenberg Wines John X Merriman 
Rhone Blend
Saronsberg Full Circle
Runner up: La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Viognier
Cape Blend
Wildekrans Wine Estate Cape Blend Barrel Select Reserve
Runner-up: Windmeul Cellar Reserve
Red Blend (other)
Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal
Runner-up: Sijnn Red Blend 
 
Sweet Wine
Klein Constantia Estate Vin de Constance
Runner-up: Groot Constantia Estate Grand Constance Muscat
Late Harvest
Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest
Runner-up: Paul Cluver Estate Wines Riesling Noble Late Harvest
Straw Wine
De Trafford Wines Straw Wine
Runner-up: Rustenburg Wines Straw Wine
 
Fortified Wine
KWV Vintage White Jerepigo
Runner-up: Miles Mossop Wines Kika
Port
Boplaas Family Wines Cape Tawny Port
Runner-up: Boplaas Family Wines Cape Vintage Reserve Port
 
Methode Cap Classique
The House of JC Le Roux Pongrảcz Desiderius
Runner-up: Villiera Wines Monro MCC Brut 
 
Brandy
Van Ryn’s 12 YO Distillers Reserve Brandy
Runner-up: Laborie Wine Farm Alambic Brandy
 
Comments on Achievements
Cultivars: At the seventh annual SAWi awards, Bordeaux Blend achievements dominated, scooping 32 accolades in total, just ahead of Shiraz with 30 acknowledgements, followed by Sauvignon Blanc with 27. 
 
Chenin Blanc followed with 26, Chardonnay (which dominated in 2014) and MCCs with 23, Cabernet Sauvignon 21, Pinotage 18, White Wine Blends 13, Pinot Noir and Rhone Blends with 6, and other Red Blends with 4. In comparison with previous years, there were many more accolades for Brandies and Cape Ports. 
 
Regions: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley dominated with 34 high-end accolades, with Paarl alongside (mainly due to the KWV’s contribution). These were followed by Constantia, Franschhoek and Tulbach on 23 each, Somerset Helderberg and Stellenbosch Central Wineries on 16 each, Elgin, Stellenbosch Kloof, Stellenbosch West, Stellenbosch Simonsberg and Blaauwklippen on 9 each, and Robertson with 7. 
 
Platinum (P) and Grand Gold (GG) Recipients
 98.9 P Aaldering Vineyards & Wines Pinotage
 97.2 P Aaldering Vineyards & Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
 93.7 GG Aaldering Vineyards & Wines Sauvignon Blanc
 94.6 GG Allee Bleue Wines Chenin Blanc
 94.0 GG Allee Bleue Wines Pinotage
 93.2 GG Allee Bleue Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
 93.1 GG Allee Bleue Wines Shiraz
 93.7 GG Alto Wine Estate Shiraz
 93.8 GG Alto Wine Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
 96.4 P Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Shiraz
 94.3 GG Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier
 93.2 GG Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc
 95.8 P Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 
 93.0 GG Beyerskloof Pinotage Reserve
 95.8 P Boland Cellar Reserve Pinotage
 95.7 P Boland Cellar Reserve Shiraz
 94.2 GG Boland Cellar Reserve Chenin Blanc
 93.6 GG Boland Cellar Reserve Merlot 
 93.2 GG Boland Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon           
 99.7 P Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Tawny Port 
 99.1 P Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Vintage Reserve Port 
 94.7 GG Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Tawny Vintners Reserve Port
 93.3 GG Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Vintage Port
 95.0 P Boschendal Wines Reserve Shiraz
 93.0 GG Boschendal Wines 1685 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
 100.0 P Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
 100.0 P Bouchard Finlayson Tete de Cuvee Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
 100.0 P Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal Sangiovese Pinot Shiraz Mourvedre Nebiolo Barbera
 95.3 P Bouchard Finlayson Kaaimansgat Crocodile's Lair Chardonnay
 93.1 GG Bouchard Finlayson Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 
 93.1 GG Bouchard Finlayson Missionvale Chardonnay
 99.0 P Cape Chamonix Wine Farm Chardonnay Reserve
 98.3 P Cape Chamonix Wine Farm Cape Chamonix Wine Farm Pinot Noir Reserve
 99.8 P Cederberg Private Cellar Sauvignon Blanc
 99.6 P Cederberg Private Cellar Shiraz 
 98.7 P Cederberg Private Cellar David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon
 97.7 P Cederberg Private Cellar David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc
 95.3 P Cederberg Private Cellar Teen Die Hoog Shiraz 
 94.4 GG Cederberg Private Cellar Chenin Blanc
 94.4 GG Cederberg Private Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon
 93.3 GG Cederberg Private Cellar Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon
 97.0 P Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc
 96.8 P Constantia Glen Five Merlot Cabernet Malbec Cab Franc Petit Verdot
 95.9 P Constantia Glen Two Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
 95.8 P Constantia Glen Three Cabernet Sauvignon Cab Franc Merlot
 99.3 P Creation Wines Reserve Pinot Noir
 95.9 P Creation Wines Syrah Grenache
 95.4 P Creation Wines Pinot Noir
 94.3 GG Creation Wines Merlot
 94.2 GG Creation Wines Viognier
 94.1 GG Creation Wines Chardonnay
 94.0 GG Creation Wines Syrah
 97.7 P De Krans Vintage Reserve Port
 96.9 P De Krans Cape Tawny Port
 94.7 GG De Krans Touriga Nacional
 100.0 P De Toren Private Cellar Fusion V Cabernet Cab Franc Petit Verdot Merlot Malbec
 96.2 P De Toren Private Cellar Z Merlot Cabernet Cab Franc Malbec Petit Verdot
 95.2 P De Trafford Wines De Trafford Wines 
 95.0 P De Trafford Wines Blueprint Shiraz
 93.8 GG De Trafford Wines Straw Wine
 93.6 GG De Trafford Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
 93.3 GG De Trafford Wines De Trafford Wines Elevation 393 Cab Sauv Merlot Shiraz Cab Franc
 100.0 P DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc
 96.0 P DeMorgenzon Maestro Chenin Chardonnay Roussanne Viognier
 97.2 P Diemersdal Estate Pinotage Reserve
 95.1 P Diemersdal Estate Sauvignon Blanc Reserve
 94.3 GG Diemersdal Estate Pinotage
 94.1 GG Diemersdal Estate Private Collection Cabernet Sauv Merlot Cab Franc Malbec
 94.1 GG Diemersdal Estate MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc
 93.4 GG Diemersdal Estate 8 Rows Sauvignon Blanc
 97.2 P Doolhof Wine Estate Signatures of Doolhof Pinotage
 95.5 P Doolhof Wine Estate Signatures of Doolhof Malbec
 100.0 P Eagles Nest Shiraz
 96.6 P Eagles Nest Viognier
 93.1 GG Eagles Nest Merlot
 94.2 GG Edgebaston GS Cabernet Sauvignon
 98.8 P Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest
 94.0 GG Fleur du Cap Bergkelder Selection Laszlo Cabernet Sauv Merlot Cab Franc Shiraz
 93.8 GG Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Semillon
 93.8 GG Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon
 93.3 GG Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc
 93.7 GG Flight of the Fish Eagle Naturally Supreme Brandy
 93.0 GG Franschhoek Cellar Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc
 94.3 GG Graham Beck Wines Brut Sparkling Wine Mèthode Cap Classique NV
 93.7 GG Graham Beck Wines Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine Mèthode Cap Classique Brut
 93.5 GG Graham Beck Wines Rosé Sparkling Wine Mèthode Cap Classique NV
 100.0 P Groot Constantia Estate Chardonnay
 100.0 P Groot Constantia Estate Shiraz
 97.9 P Groot Constantia Estate Gouverneurs Reserve Red Cab Sauv Merlot Cab Franc
 97.8 P Groot Constantia Estate Sauvignon Blanc
 97.3 P Groot Constantia Estate Pinotage
 96.6 P Groot Constantia Estate Grand Constance Muscat
 94.4 GG Groot Constantia Estate Reserve White Semillon Blend Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
 100.0 P Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay
 100.0 P Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir
 100.0 P Jordan Wine Estate Nine Yards Chardonnay
 97.7 P Jordan Wine Estate The Real McCoy Riesling
 97.1 P Jordan Wine Estate Cobblers Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot
 96.1 P Jordan Wine Estate Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc
 95.9 P Jordan Wine Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
 93.2 GG Jordan Wine Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
 95.4 P Joubert Tradauw Wingerde en Kelder Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
 93.0 GG Joubert Tradauw Wingerde en Kelder Syrah
 99.2 P Kanonkop Estate Pinotage
 99.1 P Kanonkop Estate Paul Sauer Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot
 100.0 P Ken Forrester Wines The FMC Chenin Blanc
 95.6 P Ken Forrester Wines The Gypsy Shiraz Grenache
 95.0 P Ken Forrester Wines Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc
 93.3 GG Ken Forrester Wines Icon Range T Noble Late Harvest 
 100.0 P Klein Constantia Estate Vin de Constance
 95.1 P Klein Constantia Estate Rhine Riesling
 93.8 GG Klein Constantia Estate KC Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
 93.1 GG Klein Constantia Estate Marlbrook Cabernet Sauv Merlot Cab Franc Malbec
 93.0 GG Klein Constantia Estate Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc
 100.0 P Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
 98.0 P Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
 97.1 P Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Shiraz
 96.8 P Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Chenin Blanc
 95.6 P Kleine Zalze Wines Vineyard Selection Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 
 93.1 GG Kleine Zalze Wines Vineyard Selection Barrel Matured Cabernet Sauvignon
 95.8 P Klipdrift Gold Finest Old Matured Brandy
 98.0 P KWV Brandy 20 YO Brandy
 96.6 P KWV Brandy 15 YO Brandy
 95.1 P KWV Brandy 10 YO Brandy
 94.0 GG KWV Brandy 12 YO Brandy
 99.7 P KWV Mentors Chardonnay
 97.1 P KWV Mentors Shiraz
 96.7 P KWV Mentors Semillon
 95.9 P KWV Mentors Orchestra Cabernet Sauv Malbec Merlot Cab Franc Shiraz
 94.8 GG KWV Mentors Canvas Shiraz Grenache Cinsault Tempranillo
 94.5 GG KWV Mentors Sauvignon Blanc
 94.3 GG KWV Mentors Pinotage
 94.2 GG KWV Mentors Petit Verdot
 93.3 GG KWV Mentors Grenache Blanc
 93.2 GG KWV Mentors Chenin Blanc
 96.3 P KWV Classic Collection Cape Tawny Port
 94.5 GG KWV Vintage White Jerepigo
 94.1 GG KWV Abraham Perold Tributum Cape Blend
 100.0 P La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Viognier
 97.4 P La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc
 94.2 GG La Motte Shiraz
 94.1 GG La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon
 93.6 GG La Motte Chardonnay
 93.3 GG La Motte Sparkling Wine Mèthode Cap Classique
 98.5 P Laborie Wine Farm Alambic Brandy
 93.6 GG Laborie Wine Farm Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine Mèthode Cap Classique Brut
 97.4 P Le Riche Wines Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
 93.3 GG Le Riche Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
 94.3 GG Lomond Sugarbush Sauvignon Blanc 
 93.7 GG Lomond Cat's Tail Syrah
 93.3 GG Lomond Snowbush Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Nouvelle
 93.3 GG Lomond Pincushion Sauvignon Blanc
 98.9 P Mvemve Raats de Compostella Bordeaux Blend
 95.3 P Mvemve Raats Gewürztraminer
 93.2 GG Neethlingshof Estate Maria Weisser Riesling Noble Late Harvest
 99.8 P Neethlingshof Estate Chardonnay
 98.2 P Oak Valley Wines Pinot Noir
 94.7 GG Oak Valley Wines Syrah
 93.3 GG Oldenburg Vineyards Chenin Blanc
 93.3 GG Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
 95.9 P Oldenburg Vineyards 18 YO Sovereign Brandy
 94.6 GG Oude Meester Brandy Reserve 12 YO Brandy
 100.0 P Oude Meester Brandy Chardonnay
 96.3 P Paul Cluver Estate Wines Riesling Noble Late Harvest
 96.0 P Paul Cluver Estate Wines Sauvignon Blanc
 95.8 P Paul Cluver Estate Wines Gewürztraminer
 95.3 P Paul Cluver Estate Wines Riesling
 95.3 P Paul Cluver Estate Wines Seven Flags Pinot Noir
 93.1 GG Paul Cluver Estate Wines Pinot Noir
 95.7 P Paul Cluver Estate Wines The Dry Land Collection Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc
 95.3 P Perdeberg Winery SAAM Mountain Middelberg Chenin Blanc
 93.6 GG Perdeberg Winery Chenin Blanc Reserve
 93.0 GG Perdeberg Winery Rex Equus Cabernet Sauvignon
 95.7 P Pongrảcz Desiderius Pinot Noir Chardonnay
 93.1 GG Pongrảcz Rosé Sparkling Wine Mèthode Cap Classique
 94.9 GG Raats Family Wines Original Chenin Blanc
 93.5 GG Raats Family Wines Old Vine Chenin
 93.4 GG Raats Family Wines Cab Franc
 95.6 P Raka Biography Shiraz
 100.0 P Rijks Private Cellar Pinotage
 95.9 P Rijks Private Cellar Reserve Chenin Blanc
 94.6 GG Rijks Private Cellar Shiraz
 100.0 P Rustenberg Wines John X Merriman Cab Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc
 98.2 P Rustenberg Wines Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon
 97.3 P Rustenberg Wines Five Soldiers Chardonnay
 96.9 P Rustenberg Wines Stellenbosch Chardonnay
 95.8 P Rustenberg Wines Buzzard Kloof Shiraz
 93.3 GG Rustenberg Wines Straw Wine
 100.0 P Saronsberg Full Circle Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier
 100.0 P Saronsberg Shiraz
 98.6 P Saronsberg Provenance Range Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot
 96.4 P Saronsberg Provenance Range Shiraz
 94.0 GG Saronsberg Viognier
 93.2 GG Saronsberg Brut Sparkling Wine Mèthode Cap Classique
 95.2 P Saxenburg Wine Farm Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
 94.1 GG Saxenburg Wine Farm Private Collection Merlot
 93.8 GG Saxenburg Wine Farm Limited Release Select Shiraz
 93.0 GG Saxenburg Wine Farm Private Collection Shiraz
 96.1 P Sijnn Red Blend Syrah Touriga Nacional Mourvedre Trincadeira Cabernet Sauv
 95.1 P Sijnn White Malagas Chenin Blanc Viognier Roussanne
 94.4 GG Sijnn Syrah Malgas
 93.3 GG Sijnn Touriga Nacional
 98.5 P Spier Creative Block 3 Selection Rhone Blend Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier
 95.8 P Spier Creative Block 2 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
 95.1 P Spier 21 Gables Pinotage
 95.0 GG Spier Private Collection Shiraz
 94.6 GG Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 
 94.6 GG Spier Private Collection Chardonnay
 94.4 GG Spier Frans K Smit Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz
 94.1 GG Spier Private Collection Chenin Blanc
 93.6 GG Spier Private Collection Pinotage
 99.1 P Stellenrust Chenin Blanc Barrel Fermented
 94.3 GG Stellenzicht Vineyards Golden Triangle Shiraz
 93.0 GG Stellenzicht Vineyards Golden Triangle Cabernet Sauvignon
 97.9 P Sumaridge Wines Pinot Noir
 95.1 P Sumaridge Wines Chardonnay
 93.9 GG Sumaridge Wines Sauvignon Blanc
 93.2 GG Sumaridge Wines Maritimus Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay Semillon
 94.5 GG The High Road Directors Reserve Cabernet Merlot Cab Franc
 93.3 GG The High Road Classique Cabernet Merlot Cab Franc
 98.5 P Van Ryn's Brandy 12 YO Distiller’s Reserve Brandy
 98.3 P Van Ryn's Brandy 15 YO Fine Cask Old Brandy
 97.2 P Van Ryn's Brandy 20 YO Collector’s Reserve Brandy
 94.3 GG Van Ryn's Brandy 10 Year Old Vintage Brandy
 95.4 P Viljoensdrift Wines River Grandeur Pinotage
 93.1 GG Viljoensdrift Wines River Grandeur Shiraz
 95.7 P Villiera Wines Monro Sparkling Wine Mèthode Cap Classique Brut
 95.5 P Villiera Wines Traditional Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc
 94.6 GG Villiera Wines Monro Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc
 94.0 GG Villiera Wines Chenin Blanc
 93.5 GG Villiera Wines Traditional Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc
 100.0 P Wildekrans Wine Estate Pinotage Barrel Select Reserve 
 96.8 P Wildekrans Wine Estate Chenin Blanc Barrel Select
 96.0 P Wildekrans Wine Estate Shiraz Barrel Select Reserve
 95.4 P Wildekrans Wine Estate Cape Blend Barrel Select Reserve
 94.9 GG Wildekrans Wine Estate Chenin Blanc Sparkling Wine Mèthode Cap Classique
 

 

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More about Grootbos Private Nature Reserve 

Nestled between mountain and sea, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (Grootbos is an Afrikaans word meaning Big Forest) is a five-star eco-paradise showcasing the incredible Flora and Marine life of the Southern Tip of Africa. Grootbos offers you a one-of-a-kind luxury African experience.

The name Grootbos is derived from the presence of ancient Milkwood Forests. Milkwood trees are known to grow over 1000 years old and their gnarled branches and mossy beards create an enchanting atmosphere of deep soothing tranquillity and rejuvenation.

It is amongst these ancient forests that Grootbos has artfully laid out its exquisite 5-star accommodation offerings, with breath-taking views across the Fynbos plains towards the sparkling whale sanctuary of Walker Bay in the distance.

 

Recent Awards

CNN Africa’s Finest Sustainable Eco-Destination

World Travel and Tourism Council 

Tourism for Tomorrow Global Award Nomination

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World (one of only 24 nominated properties worldwide)

Tattler Travel Guide:

Top 101 Hotels in the World – (4 years running)

Best family hotel in the world.

Fodors Top Ten - Global Readers Choice

The Good Safari Guide:

Best Ecological Safari Property in Africa

Amarula Best Retreats in Africa Award:

Winne Most innovative Retreat in Africa

Amarula Best Retreats in Africa Award:

Winner: Heart of Africa

Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Green List

Imvelo Overall Winner for Responsible Tourism

The Iris Darnton Award: Int Nature Conservation

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