THE SAWi GRAND WINES COLLECTION (GWC)                                                                                                                                                

South African Wines having achieved 93+/100 points, based on the multi-vintage SAWI Algorithm of Excellence.

 

The South African Wine Index (SAWi) was established with the aim of setting a quality benchmark for South African Wines. The value of SAWi’s multi-year wine performance adjudication process has earned it official recognition as a definitive measure of a given wine’s quality, irrespective of vintage.

Until the introduction of the Index, the quality adjudication of wine depended on annual events, which by their nature present the once-off and subjective opinions of the adjudicators. This not only makes it difficult to track a wine’s performance over time but, more importantly, it prevents meaningful empirical deductions from being made.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Index, is its clear and distinctive indication of actual terroir in a South African context. While in theory terroir implies the impact on wine grapes of the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, incorporating elements of soil, topography and climate, the impact is often difficult to demonstrate. The Index has changed this.

Using the SAWi dataset, which stretches back more than a decade, patterns are discernible that point to clearly defined areas where particular cultivars have traditionally excelled, and continue to excel. This historical insight is set to make a meaningful impact on the future of South African wine growing.

SAWi is proud to present the South African ‘Grand Wines Collection’. The GWC represents a little less than 500 of the 6000 South African wines currently available that have consistently achieved the highest acknowledgement from various wine judging panels and respected wine commentators, all over the world. Each ranked wine in the list below has scored a minimum of 93 Index points. As a collective, the GWC sets a unique benchmark for South African wine quality.

The Grand Wines Collection 
(Ranked per National Wine Number (NWN), June 2016 ranking, per wine cultivar)
See the handy Business Tech summary of top performers here.

Please note that this list is compiled using a 10-year performance track record window - some of the wines below may no longer be in production.

CHARDONNAY TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay
2 Groot Constantia Estate Chardonnay
3 Jordan Wine Estate Nine Yards Chardonnay
4 Paul Cluver Estate Wines Chardonnay
5 Oak Valley Wines Chardonnay
6 KWV Mentors Chardonnay
7 Cape Chamonix Wine Farm Chardonnay Reserve
8 Vriesenhof Vineyards Chardonnay
9 Rustenberg Wines Five Soldiers Chardonnay
10 Ataraxia Wines Chardonnay
11 Rustenberg Wines Stellenbosch Chardonnay
12 Uva Mira Single Vineyard Chardonnay (discontinued)
13 Glenwood Chardonnay Vingeron's Selection
14 Jordan Wine Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
15 Richard Kershaw Clonal Selection Elgin Chardonnay
16 Mulderbosch Vineyards Chardonnay Barrel Fermented
17 Kleine Zalze Wines Vineyard Selection Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
18 Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Chardonnay
19 DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay
20 Joubert Tradauw Wingerde en Kelder Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
21 Bouchard Finlayson Kaaimansgat Crocodile's Lair Chardonnay
22 Sumaridge Wines Chardonnay
23 De Wetshof Estate Limestone Hill Chardonnay
24 De Wetshof Estate Bon Valon Chardonnay
25 De Wetshof Estate Bateleur Chardonnay
26 Bartinney Private Cellar Chardonnay
27 Spier Private Collection Chardonnay
28 Longridge Wine Estate Chardonnay
29 Vergelegen Wines Reserve Chardonnay
30 Warwick Estate White Lady Chardonnay
31 Vondeling Chardonnay
32 Creation Wines Chardonnay
33 Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate Chardonnay
34 La Motte Chardonnay
35 Moreson Mercator Premium Chardonnay
36 De Wetshof Estate D'Honneur Chardonnay
37 Warwick Estate The First Lady Unoaked Chardonnay
38 Nuy Wine Cellar Mastery Chardonnay
39 Glen Carlou Chardonnay
40 Lismore Estate Vineyards Chardonnay
41 Bouchard Finlayson Missionvale Chardonnay
42 De Wetshof Estate Lesca Finesse Chardonnay
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Alvi's Drift Private Cellar Chardonnay
Bouchard Finlayson Chardonnay Sans Barrique
Crystallum Clay Shales Chardonnay
De Wetshof Estate Danie De Wet Chardonnay Sur Lie 
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay
Glenelly Cellars Grand Vin de Glenelly Chardonnay
Journeys End Vineyards Chardonnay
La Bri Chardonnay
Laborie Wine Farm Limited Collection Chardonnay
Windmeul Cellar Reserve Chardonnay
Iona Vineyards Chardonnay
La Vierge Private Cellar Jezebel Chardonnay
 
SAUVIGNON BLANC TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
2 Cederberg Private Cellar Sauvignon Blanc
3 Groot Constantia Estate Sauvignon Blanc
4 Cederberg Private Cellar David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc
5 La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc
6 Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc
7 Graham Beck Wines Ad Honorem Pheasant's Run Sauvignon Blanc
8 D'Aria Winery Songbird Sauvignon Blanc
9 Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc
10 Paul Cluver Estate Wines Sauvignon Blanc
11 Reyneke Wines Biodynamic Reserve White Sauvignon Blanc
12 Vergelegen Wines Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Schaapenberg
13 Diemersdal Estate Sauvignon Blanc Reserve
14 Flagstone Winery Free Run Sauvignon Blanc
15 Mooiplaas Estate Classic Sauvignon Blanc
16 KWV Mentors Sauvignon Blanc
17 Delaire Graff Estate Coastal Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc
18 Lomond Sugarbush Sauvignon Blanc
19 Diemersdal Estate MM Louw  Sauvignon Blanc
20 Uva Mira Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc (discontinued)
21 Sumaridge Wines Sauvignon Blanc
22 Bergsig Estate Sauvignon Blanc
23 Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
24 Quoin Rock The Nicobar Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
25 Avondrood Vineyards Ancient Mountain Sauvignon Blanc
26 Strandveld Wines Sauvignon Blanc Pofadderbos
27 Anura Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Unfiltered Reserve
28 Aaldering Vineyards and Wines Sauvignon Blanc
29 Steenberg Vineyards Icon Range Magna Carta Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
30 Clos Malvern Silver Leaf Sauvignon Blanc
31 De Grendel Wines Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc
32 Villiera Wines Traditional Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc
33 Groote Post Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
34 Diemersdal Estate 8 Rows Sauvignon Blanc
35 Reyneke Wines Biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc
36 Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Limited release Sauvignon Blanc
37 Lomond Pincushion Sauvignon Blanc
38 Oak Valley Sauvignon Blanc
39 Boschendal Wines Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc
40 Iona Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
41 Mulderbosch Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
42 Klein Constantia Estate Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc
43 De Grendel Wines Sauvignon Blanc
44 Bouchard Finlayson Sauvignon Blanc Reserve
45 Franschhoek Cellar Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc
46 Bouchard Finlayson Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc
47 Bouchard Finlayson Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc
Delaire Graff Estate Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape
Doolhof Wine Estate Signatures of Doolhof Sauvignon Blanc
Highlands Road Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Lismore Estate Vineyards Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc
Neil Ellis Wines Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc
Rickety Bridge Winery Paulina's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Strandveld Wines First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 
Thelema Mountain Vineyards Stellenbosch Chardonnay
The Berrio Sauvignon Blanc Elim
Viljoensdrift River Grandeur Sauvignon Blanc
La Motte Sauvignon Blanc
Jordan Wine Estate The Outlier Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc
Nitida Sauvignon Blanc
 
CHENIN BLANC TOP RANKING ORDER
1 De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc
2 Ken Forrester Wines The FMC Chenin Blanc
3 Stellenrust "50" Chenin Blanc Barrel Fermented
4 Wildekrans Wine Estate Chenin Blanc Barrel Select
5 Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Chenin Blanc
6 Avondale Anima Chenin Blanc
7 Jordan Wine Estate Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc
8 Rijks Private Cellar Reserve Chenin Blanc
9 Perdeberg Winery The Dry Land Collection Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc
10 Villiera Wines Traditional Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc
11 Perdeberg Winery SAAM Mountain Middelberg Chenin Blanc
12 Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Skurfberg Chenin Blanc
13 Raats Family Wines Original Chenin Blanc
14 Windmeul Cellar Chenin Blanc
15 Bosman Family Vineyards Optenhorst Chenin Blanc
16 Allee Bleue Wines Chenin Blanc
17 Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc
18 Cederberg Private Cellar Chenin Blanc
19 Botanica Chenin Blanc
20 Rudera Wines Robusto Chenin Blanc
21 Beaumont Wines Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc
22 Boland Cellar Reserve Chenin Blanc
23 Windmeul Cellar Reserve Chenin Blanc
24 Spier Private Collection Chenin Blanc
25 Jean Daneel Wines Signature Chenin Blanc
26 Rudera Wines Die Tradisie Chenin Blanc
27 Perdeberg Winery Chenin Blanc Reserve
28 Reyneke Wines Biodynamic Reserve Chenin Blanc
29 Simonsig Estate Chenin Avec Chène
30 Raats Family Wines Old Vine Chenin
31 Delaire Graff Estate Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve
32 Oldenburg Vineyards Chenin Blanc
33 Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc
34 Villiera Wines Chenin Blanc
35 Opstal Estate Heritage Carl Everson Chenin Blanc
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Cederberg Private Cellar Five Generations Chenin Blanc
Longridge Wine Estate Chenin Blanc
Lazanou Wooded Chenin Blanc
L'Avenir Vineyards Single Block Chenin Blanc
Springfontein Wine Estate Jill's Dune Chenin Blanc
Stellenrust Old Bush Wine Chenin Blanc
Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Schist Chenin Blanc
De Trafford Wines Chenin Blanc
Graham Beck Wines Ad Honorem Bowed Head Chenin Blanc
 
WHITE WINE BLENDS TOP RANKING ORDER

1 Tokara Director's Reserve White Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
2 Vergelegen Wines G.V.B. White Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
3 Sadie Family Wines Signature Series Palladius Chenin Blanc Roussanne
4 Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
5 Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series T Voetpad Chenin Blanc, Semillon Palomino
6 Keermont Vineyards Terasse Chenin Blanc Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc Viognier
7 Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Chenin Blanc Clairette Semillon Gris Viognier
8 DeMorgenzon Maestro Chenin Chardonnay Roussanne Viognier
9 Strandveld Wines Adamastor Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
10 Spier Creative Block 2 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
11 Alheit Vineyards Cartology Chenin Blanc Semilon
12 Constantia Glen Two Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
13 Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Kokerboom Semillon Pinot Gris
14 De Grendel Wines Winifred Viognier Semillon Chardonnay
15 Sijnn White Malagas Chenin Blanc Viognier Roussanne
16 Vondeling Babiana Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc Viognier Chardonnay
17 AA Badenhorst Family Wines White Blend Chenin Blanc Roussanne Grenache Blanc
18 Miles Mossop Wines Saskia Chenin Viognier Verdelho Clairette
19 Waterkloof Circle of Life White Sauvignon Blanc Chenin Blanc Chardonnay Semillon
20 Nitida Coronata Integration Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
21 Groot Constantia Estate Reserve White Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
22 Fable Mountain Vineyards Jackal Bird Chenin Grenachè Roussanne Viognier Chardonnay
23 Flagstone Winery Treaty Tree Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
24 Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Skerpioen Chenin Blanc Palomino
25 Shannon Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
26 Fairview Wines Limited Release Nurok Viognier Chenin Blanc Roussane Grenachè Blanc
27 Rall Wines White Chenin Blanc Verdelho Chardonnay Viognier
28 Bizoe Henrietta Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
29 Lomond Snowbush Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Nouvelle
30 Lammershoek Cellar Terravinum Reserve White Chenin Blanc Viognier Chardonnay
31 Sumaridge Maritimus Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay Semillon
32 Vuurberg Wine Estate White Blend Chenin Blanc
33 Nederburg Ingenuity Sauvignon Blanc White Blend
34 Allee Bleue Wines Isabeau Chardonnay Semillon

*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Ashbourne Sandstone Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay
Cederberg Private Cellar David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Bowline Sauv Blanc Semillon
Delaire Graff Estate White Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Reserve
Morgenster Estate White Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Rijks Private Cellar Fascination Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
Thelema Mountain Vineyards Sutherland Viognier Roussanne 
Nitida Coronata Integration Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Sequillo White Chenin Blanc Clairette Blanche Viognier Verdellho Palomino
The Berrio The Weathergirl Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
 
VIOGNIER TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Eagles Nest Viognier
2 Lismore Estate Vineyards Viognier
3 Creation Wines Viognier
4 Saronsberg Viognier
5 Lynx Wines Viognier
6 Alvi's Drift Private Cellar Signature Range Viognier
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Beau Constantia Cecily Viognier
Flagstone Winery Word of Mouth Viognier
KWV Mentors Viognier
 
SEMILLON TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Cederberg Private Cellar David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon
2 KWV Mentors Semillon
3 Landau du Val Semillon Private Collection
4 Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Semillon
5 Boekenhoutskloof Winery Semillon Franschhoek
6 Cape Point Vineyards Semillon
 
RIESLING TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Jordan Wine Estate The Real McCoy Riesling
2 Paul Cluver Estate Wines Riesling
3 Klein Constantia Estate Rhine Riesling
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Hartenberg Riesling
Nitida Cellars Riesling
 
GEWüRTSTRAMINER TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Paul Cluver Estate Wines Gewürtstraminer
2 Neethlingshof Estate Gewűrztraminer
 
GRENACHE BLANC TOP RANKING ORDER
1 KWV Mentors Grenache Blanc
2 The Foundry Grenache Blanc
 
COLOMBARD TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Bon Courage Andre's Fame Colombard
 
SWEET WINE TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Klein Constantia Estate Vin de Constance
2 Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Straw Wine Straw Wine
3 Nederburg Wines Private Bin Edelkeur
4 Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest
5 Nederburg Wines Private Bin Eminence
6 Groot Constantia Estate Grand Constance Muscat
7 Delheim Wines Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest
8 Paul Cluver Estate Wines Riesling Noble Late Harvest
9 Keermont Vineyards Fleurfontein Sweet Wine
10 Badsberg Wine Cellar Badslese Natural Sweet Chenin Blanc Muscat d'Alexandrie
11 Nederburg Wines Winemaster's Reserve Noble Late Harvest Chenin Blanc Muscat Frontignan
12 Trafford Wines Straw Wine
13 Ken Forrester Wines Icon Range T Noble Late Harvest
14 Badsberg Wine Cellar Noble Late Harvest
15 Rustenburg Wines Straw Wine
16 Neethlingshof Estate Maria Weisser Riesling Noble Late Harvest
17 Fairview Wines Limited Release La Beryl Blanc Chenin Blanc Muscat Straw Wine
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Mullineux & Leeu Olerasay 1⁰ Chenin Blanc Straw Wine
Rudera Wines Noble Late Harvest
 
DESSERT & FORTIFIED WINE TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Paul Cluver Estate Wines Riesling Noble Late Harvest
2 Nuy Wine Cellar White Muscadel
3 Miles Mossop Wines Kika Chenin Dessert Wine Noble Late Harvest
4 Bon Courage Estate White Muscadel
5 KWV Vintage White Jerepigo
6 Merwida White Muscadel
7 Rooiberg Winery Red Muscadel
8 Badsberg Wine Cellar Red Muscadel
 
MèTHODE CAP CLASSIQUE TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Pongrảcz Desiderius Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classic
2 Villiera Wines Monro Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classic Brut
3 Silverthorn Wines The Green Man Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classic
4 Graham Beck Wines Brut Rose Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classique NV
5 Wildekrans Wine Estate Chenin Blanc Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classic
6 Bramon Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classique
7 Graham Beck Wines Brut Rosè Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classique 
8 Delaire Graff Estate Coastal Cuvee Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classic
9 Bon Courage Estate Jacques Bruère B de B Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classique
10 Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut Chardonnay Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classic
11 Boschendal Wines Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classique Brut
12 Graham Beck Wines Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classique Brut
13 De Grendel Wines Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classique Brut
14 Laborie Wine Farm Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classic Brut
15 Weltevrede Estate Philip Jonker The Ring Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classic La 
16 La Motte Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classique
17 Graham Beck Cuvee Clive Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classic
18 Saronberg Brut Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classic
19 Pongrácz Rosè Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classic
20 Weltevrede Estate Philip Jonker Entheos Sparkling Wine Méthode Cap Classic Brut
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Avondale Armilla Chardonnay Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine Mèthode Cap Classic 
Klein Constantia Estate Chardonnay Sparkling Wine Mèthode Cap Classique Brut 
 
CABERNET SAUVIGNON TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Annandale Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
2 Stark-Condé Wines Three Pines Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon
3 Rustenberg Wines Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon
4 Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
5 Le Riche Wines Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
6 Waterford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
7 Vergelegen Wines V Cabernet Sauvignon
8 Flagstone Winery Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon
9 Saxenburg Wine farm Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
10 Boekenhoutskloof Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Franschhoek
11 Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
12 Rickety Bridge Winery Paulina's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
13 Neil Ellis Wines Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
14 Grande Provence Wine Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
15 Guardian Peak Wines Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon
16 Cederberg Private Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon
17 Springfield Estate Méthode Ancienne Cabernet Sauvignon
18 Eikendal Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
19 Edgebaston GS Cabernet Sauvignon
20 Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon
21 Dieu Donne Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
22 Thelema Mountain Vineyards The Mint Cabernet Sauvignon
23 De Trafford Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
24 Thelema Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 
25 Cederberg Private Cellar Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon
26 Le Riche Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
27 Alto Wine Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
28 Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
29 Jordan Wine Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
30 Boland Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
31 Kleine Zalze Wines Vineyard Selection Barrel Matured Cabernet Sauvignon
32 Stellenzicht Vineyards Golden Triangle Cabernet Sauvignon
33 Perdeberg Winery Rex Equus Cabernet Sauvignon 
34 Hartenberg Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Cathedral Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon
Kaapzicht Wine Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Kanonkop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Lynx Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
Longridge Wine Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Rijks Private Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon
Vergelegen Wines Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 
Anthonij Rupert Cabernet Sauvignon Coastal Region
Delaire Graff Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch Reserve 
Warwick Estate Blue Lady Cabernet Sauvignon
 
PINOTAGE TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Rijks Private Cellar Pinotage
2 Wildekrans Wine Estate Pinotage Barrel Select Reserve
3 Kanonkop Estate Pinotage
4 Windmeul Cellar Reserve Pinotage
5 Aaldering Vineyards and Wines Pinotage
6 Vriesenhof Vineyards Pinotage
7 Kaapzicht Wine Estate Steytler Pinotage
8 Diemersfontein Wines Carpe Diem Pinotage Reserve
9 Groot Constantia Estate Pinotage
10 Doolhof Wine Estate Signatures of Doolhof Pinotage
11 Diemersdal Estate Pinotage Reserve
12 Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage
13 Boland Cellar Reserve Pinotage
14 Moreson The Widowmaker Pinotage
15 Flagstone Winery Writer's Block Pinotage
16 Viljoensdrift Wines River Grandeur Pinotage
17 Spier 21 Gables Pinotage
18 Perdeberg Winery The Dry Land Collection Pinotage
19 Diemersfontein Wines Pinotage
20 Pulpit Rock Winery Pinotage Reserve
21 Clos Malvern Pinotage Reserve
22 KWV Mentors Pinotage
23 Deetlefs Wine Estate Pinotage
24 Simonsig Estate Red Hill Pinotage
25 Diemersdal Estate Pinotage
26 Allee Bleue Wines Pinotage
27 Altydgedacht Estate Pinotage
28 Welbedacht Wine Estate Pinotage
29 Spier Private Collection Pinotage
30 Bosman Family Vineyards Pinotage
31 L'Avenir Vineyards Single Block Pinotage
32 Lyngrove Platinum Pinotage
33 Beyerskloof Pinotage Reserve
34 Springfontein Wine Estate Jonathan's Ridge Pinotage
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Lanzerac Wine Estate Pionier Pinotage
Stellenzicht Vineyards Golden Triangle Pinotage
Springfontein Wine Estate Jonathan's Ridge Pinotage
Fairview Wines Limited Release Primo Pinotage
Cape Chamonix Wine Farm Greywacke Pinotage
 
SHIRAZ TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Eagles Nest Shiraz 
2 Groot Constantia Estate Shiraz
3 Saronsberg Shiraz
4 Cederberg Private Cellar Shiraz
5 Annandale Wines Shiraz
6 Graham Beck Wines Ad Honorem The Ridge Syrah
7 Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Shiraz
8 KWV Mentors Shiraz
9 Boschkloof Wines Shiraz
10 De Grendel Wines Shiraz
11 Reyneke Wines Biodynamic Reserve Red Syrah
12 Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Shiraz
13 Saronsberg Cellar Provenance Range Shiraz
14 Lynx Wines Shiraz
15 Porseleinberg Shiraz (Boekenhoutskloof)
16 Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Schist Syrah
17 Wildekrans Wine Estate Shiraz Barrel Select Reserve
18 Rustenburg Wines Buzzard Kloof Shiraz
19 Boland Cellar Reserve Shiraz
20 Peter Falke Wines Signature Range Syrah
21 Raka Biography Shiraz
22 Robertson Winery Constitution Road Shiraz
23 Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Granite Syrah
24 Boekenhoutskloof Winery Syrah (Coastal region)
25 Cederberg Private Cellar Teen Die Hoog Shiraz
26 Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Syrah Swartland
27 The Foundry Syrah
28 De Trafford Wines Shiraz 393
29 Fairview Wines Limited Release The Beacon Shiraz
30 De Trafford Wines Blueprint Shiraz
31 Flagstone Winery Dark Horse Shiraz
32 Boschendal Reserve Syrah
33 Spier Private Collection Shiraz
34 Hartenberg Estate The Stork Shiraz
35 Haskell Vineyards Pillars Syrah
36 Oldenburg Vineyards Syrah
37 Fairview Solitude Shiraz
38 Keermont Vineyards Syrah
39 Guardian Peak Wines Cirrus Syrah
40 Lammershoek Cellar Terravinum Reserve Syrah
41 Rijks Private Cellar Shiraz
42 Strandveld Wines First Sighting Shiraz
43 Joubert Tradauw Wingerde en Kelder Syrah
44 Sijnn Syrah Malgas
45 Kleinood Tamboerskloof Syrah
46 Stellenzicht Vineyards Golden Triangle Shiraz
47 La Motte Shiraz 
48 Spice Route Flagship Shiraz
49 Kloovenburg Wines Shiraz
50 Lazanou Syrah
 
OTHERS IN EXTENDED RANKING ORDER
51 Creation Wines Syrah
52 DeMorgenzon Syrah
53 Windmeul Cellar Reserve Shiraz
54 Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Shiraz
55 Neil Ellis Wines Premium Range Shiraz
56 Alto Wine Estate Shiraz
57 Lomond Cat's Tail Syrah
58 Boekenhoutskloof Winery Syrah Franschhoek
59 Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Single Vineyard Syrah
60 Saxenburg Wine Farm Limited Release Select Shiraz
61 Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah
62 Hartenberg Estate Shiraz
63 Dombeya Wines Boulder Road Shiraz
64 Fairview Wines Limited Release Eenzaamheid Shiraz
65 Reyneke Wines Biodynamic Syrah
66 Thelema Mountain Vineyards Shiraz
67 Stark-Condé Wines Three Pines Jonkershoek Shiraz
68 Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Iron Syrah
69 Black Pearl Vineyards The Mischief Maker Shiraz
70 Viljoensdrift Wines River Grandeur Shiraz
71 Waterkloof Circumstance Syrah
72 Boschrivier Shiraz
73 Saxenburg Wine Farm Private Collection Shiraz
74 Bon Courage Estate Inkara Shiraz
75 Allee Bleue Wines Shiraz
76 Landskroon Wines Paul de Villiers Shiraz
77 Hartenberg Estate Gravel Hill Shiraz
78 Joubert Tradauw Wingerde en Kelder Syrah
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Lomond Syrah
Rickety Bridge Winery Shiraz
Muratie Wine Estate Shiraz
Stellenzicht Vineyards Golden Triangle Shiraz
Fairview Wines Limited Release Jakkalsfontein Shiraz
Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate Shiraz
KWV Abraham Perold Insignis Shiraz
Fairview La Beryl Rouge Shiraz
Scali Shiraz
 
BORDEAUX BLENDS TOP RANKING ORDER
1 De Toren Private Cellar Fusion V Cabernet Cab Franc Petit Verdot Merlot Malbec
2 Rustenberg Wines John X Merriman Cab Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Petit Verdot
3 Kanonkop Estate Paul Sauer Cabernet Sauvignon Cab Franc Merlot
4 Mvemve Raats de Compostella Cab Franc Cab Sauvignon Malbec Merlot Petit Verdot 
5 Morgenster Estate Merlot Cab Sauvignon Cab Franc Petit Verdot
6 Saronsberg Provenance Range Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot
7 Warwick Estate Trilogy Cabernet Sauvignon Cab Franc Merlot
8 Groot Constantia Estate Gouverneurs Reserve Cab Sauv Merlot Cab Franc Malbec
9 Aaldering Vineyards and Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
10 Jordan Wine Estate Cobblers Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot
11 Constantia Glen Five Merlot Cabernet Malbec Cab Franc Petit Verdot
12 Annandale Wines Cabernet Merlot Shiraz
13 Delaire Graff Estate Botmaskop Cabernet Cab Franc Merlot Petit Verdot Malbec
14 Rust en Vrede Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot
15 Tokara Director's Reserve Red Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Merlot
16 Mont du Toit Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz
17 De Toren Private Cellar Z Merlot Cabernet Cab Franc Malbec Petit Verdot
18 KWV Mentors Orchestra Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Merlot Cab Franc Shiraz
19 Meerlust Estate Rubicon Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc
20 Constantia Glen Three Cabernet Sauvignon Cab Franc Merlot
21 Ernie Els Wines Signature Blend Cabernet Merlot Petit Verdot Malbec Cab Franc
22 De Grendel Wines Rubaiyat Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc
23 Grande Provence Wine Estate The Grand Provence Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon
24 Ernie Els Wines Proprietors Blend Cab Shiraz Merlot Cab Franc Malbec
25 Kaapzicht Wine Estate Steytler Vision Cabernet Sauvignon Pinotage Merlot
26 Miles Mossop Wines Max Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Merlot Malbec
27 Villiera Wines Monro Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cab Franc
28 The High Road Directors Reserve Cabernet Merlot Cab Franc
29 Spier Frans K Smit Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz
30 Veenwouden Private Cellar Classic Cab Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec
31 Diemersdal Estate Private Collection Cab Merlot Cab Franc Malbec Petit Verdot
32 Vilafonté Series C Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc
33 Fleur du Cap Bergkelder Selection Laszlo Cab Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Shiraz
34 Glenelly Cellars Lady May Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot
35 Klein Constantia Estate KC Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
36 Thelema Mountain Vineyards Rabelais Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot
37 Waterford Estate The Jem Cab Sauv Shiraz Cab Franc Merlot Malbec Sangiovese 
38 Eikendal Vineyards Classique Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Reserve
39 Glen Carlou Grand Classique Cab Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Petit Verdot Malbec
40 Mulderbosch Vineyards Faithful Hound Cab Merlot Cab Franc Malbec Petit Verdot
41 Reyneke Wines Biodynamic Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc
42 Vilafontè Series M Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Cab Franc
43 De Trafford Wines Elevation 393 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz Cab Franc
44 The High Road Classique Cabernet Merlot Cab Franc
45 Saronsberg Seismic Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Malbec 
46 Allee Bleue Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
47 Dornier Wines Founders CMD Malbec Cab Franc Petit Verdot
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Beau Constantia Lucca Merlot Cabernet Franc
Raka Figurehead Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Malbec Petit Verdot Pinotage
Vrede en Lust Boet Erasmus Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot
Oak Valley Wines Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cab Franc
Spier Creative Block 5 Bordeaux Blend Merlot Cabernet Malbec Cab Franc
Backsberg Estate Cellars Klein Babylonstoren Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot
Le Bonheur Wine Estate Prima Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon
Morgenster Estate Lourens River Valley Cab Franc Merlot Cab Sauvignon Petit Verdot
Rustenberg Wines RM Nicholson Cab Sauvignon Shiraz Cab Franc Petit Verdot Malbec
Keet Wines First Verse Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot Malbec 
Keermont Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc Syrah
Stark-Condé Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cab Franc
Haskell Vineyards IV Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot Cab Franc
Hartenberg Estate The Mackenzie Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
DeMorgenzon Maestro Merlot Cabernet Petit Verdot Malbec Cab Franc
Cape Chamonix Wine Farm Troika Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot
Joubert Tradauw Wingerde en Kelder R 62 Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon
 
PINOT NOIR TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
2 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir
3 Creation Wines Reserve Pinot Noir
4 Cape Chamonix Wine Farm Pinot Noir Reserve
5 Oak Valley Wines Pinot Noir
6 Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Pinot Noir
7 Vriesenhof Vineyards Pinot Noir
8 Sumaridge Wines Pinot Noir
9 De Wetshof Estate Danie De Wet Nature in Concert Pinot Noir
10 Creation Wines Pinot Noir
11 Paul Cluver Estate Wines Seven Flags Pinot Noir
12 Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Wind and Sea Pinot Noir
13 Paul Cluver Estate Wines Pinot Noir
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
La Vierge Private Cellar Pinot Noir
 
RED BLENDS TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal Sangiovese Pinot Shiraz Mourvèdre Nebbiolo Barbera
2 Sijnn Red Blend Syrah Touriga Nacional Mourvèdre Trincadeira Cabernet Sauvignon
3 Rust en Vrede Estate 1694 Classification Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
4 AA Badenhorst Family Wines Red Blend Shiraz Mourvèdre Grenache Cinsault
5 KWV The Mentors Canvas Shiraz Grenache Cinsault Tempranillo
6 Sadie Family Wines Columella Shiraz Mourvèdre Grenache
7 Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block Red Blend Shiraz Cab Sauv Grenache Cinsault Viognier 
8 Rickety Bridge Winery Foundation Stone Red Blend Shiraz Mourvèdre Grenache Cinsault Tannat
9 Boschendal Wines 1685 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Sumaridge Wines Epitome Shiraz Pinotage Merlot
La Vierge Private Cellar Satyricon Sangiovese Nebbiolo Barbera
Flagstone Winery Dragon Tree Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Pinotage
Jasons Creek Classic Red Pinotage Shiraz Malbec Cab Franc
Akkerdal Wild Boar Malbec Mourvèdre Tempranillo Petit Verdot Cab Franc Pinotage
Sequillo Red Syrah Grenache and Mourvedre
 
RHONE BLENDS TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Saronsberg Full Circle Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier
2 La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Viognier
3 Sadie Family Wines Signature Series Columella Shiraz Mouvèdre
4 Spier Creative Block 3 Selection Rhone Blend Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier
5 Creation Wines Syrah Grenache
6 Ken Forrester Wines The Gypsy Shiraz Grenache
7 Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier
8 Graham Beck Wines Ad Honorem The Joshua Shiraz Viognier
9 Spice Route Winery Malabar Shiraz Grenache
 
MERLOT TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Annandale Wines Merlot
2 Veenwouden Private Cellar Reserve Collection Merlot
3 De Grendel Wines Merlot
4 Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet Merlot
5 Jason Hill Merlot
6 Creation Wines Merlot
7 Saxenburg Wine Farm Private Collection Merlot
8 Longridge Wine Estate Merlot
9 Boland Cellar Reserve Merlot
10 Eagles Nest Merlot
11 Groot Constantia Estate Merlot
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Merlot
Anura Vineyards Merlot Reserve
Allee Bleue Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
 
CAPE BLEND TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Windmeul Cellar Cape Blend Reserve Pinotage Cab Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot
2 Wildekrans Wine Estate Cape Blend Barrel Select Reserve Pinotage Shiraz Cabernet
3 Welbedacht Wine Estate Hat Trick Pinotage Syrah Merlot
4 KWV Abraham Perold Tributum Cape Blend Cabernet Sauvignon Pinotage Shiraz Malbec
5 Idiom Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Pinotage Merlot Petit Verdot
6 Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies Pinotage Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Clos Malvern Auret Cabernet Sauvignon Pinotage Merlot
Clos Malvern Spirit of Malvern Pinotage Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
Viljoensdrift Wines River Grandeur Cape Blend Shiraz Pinotage
 
CABERNET FRANC TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Warwick Estate Cabernet Franc
2 Raats Family Wines Cab Franc
 
MALBEC  TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Doolhof Wine Estate Signatures of Doolhof Malbec
2 Diemersfontein Wines Carpe Diem Malbec Reserve
 
GRENACHE TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Vriesenhof Vineyards Grenache
2 Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Soldaat Grenache
 
CINSAULT TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Pofadder Cinsault
 
PETIT VERDOT TOP RANKING ORDER
1 KWV The Mentors Petit Verdot
 
TINTA BAROCCA TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series Treinspoor Tinta Barocca
 
RED MUSCADEL TOP RANKING ORDER
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Orange River Cellars Red Muscadel
 
CAPE PORTS TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Vintage Reserve Port
2 Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Tawny Port
3 De Krans Vintage Reserve Port
4 KWV Classic Collection Cape Tawny Port
5 De Krans Cape Tawny Port
6 Bergsig Estate Cape Late Bottled Vintage Port
7 Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Tawny Vintners Reserve Port
8 Landskroon Wines Cape Vintage Port
9 JP Bredell Wines Bredell's Cape Vintage Reserve Port
10 Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Vintage Port
 
BRANDIES TOP RANKING ORDER
1 Van Ryn's 12 YO Distillers Reserve Brandy 
2 Laborie Wine Farm Alambic Brandy 
3 Van Ryn's 15 YO Fine Cask Old Brandy 
4 KWV 20 Year Old Brandy
5 Van Ryn's 20 YO Collectors Reserve Brandy
6 KWV 15 Year Old Brandy
7 Oude Meester 18 YO Sovereign Brandy
8 KWV 10 YO Brandy
9 Klipdrift Gold Finest Old Matured Brandy
10 Oude Meester Reserve 12 YO Brandy
11 Van Ryn's 10 Year Old Vintage Brandy
12 KWV 12 YO Brandy
13 Flight of the Fish Eagle Naturally Supreme Brandy
 
*ON THE BRINK OF BEING RANKED (See note at the end)
Oude Meester Reserve Demant Brandy
 

*IMPORTANT NOTE

The ranking order is a list of wines which made the SAWi Index 93+ benchmark (from points adjusted to the higher decimal). Others on the extended ranking order still make the benchmark but have to advance into the top 50 list. Those on the brink of being ranked have point scores just above 90 but are still outside the benchmark. Many wines on an index point of 90 only are not listed at all.

 Although this list contains a relatively large number of wines, not all of the wines on the brink of being ranked would necessarily advance to the GWC due to a lack of reviews, or a failure to adhere to the minimum Index performance requirements. The latter is generally also true for wines recently introduced to the market. All listed wines have nonetheless demonstrated great potential. It is expected that more wines would be added to the list in future, especially in current smaller categories.

SAWi is proud to be able to provide this extended listing in recognition of all wines which excel. The ‘playing field’ is kept open for rankings to change.

While SAWi point scores for individual wines change often, the official ranking order is updated at set times. Although absent here, the actual ranking point scores for each category are included in the official list available to registered users on sawineindex.com 

DISCLAIMER

All SAWi scores and the NWN ranking are determined using SAWi’s unique ‘Algorithm of Excellence’ (AOE). While the utmost care is taken in the preparation of these scores, errors and omissions are possible. Producers are encouraged to inform SAWi of competition and other results at year end.  

 
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