Friday, 31 May 2013


 CE Cab Report 2013 logo

The second annual Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report presented in conjunction with Sanlam Private Investments is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 high-profile wines, either currently available or soon to be released, and then subjecting them to a blind tasting.

Among the best value I have seen in years - 5 stars for La Bri 09 at R95, get it pronto, it will soon be sold out.

The top 10 wines were as follows:

La Bri 2009
Price: R95
Le Riche Reserve 2010
Price: R300

Graham Beck The Coffeestone Cabernet 2011
Price: Not yet released.
Guardian Peak Lapa 2010
Price: R220
Rickety Bridge Paulina’s Reserve 2010
Price: R190
Rudera 2011
Price: R185
Springfield Méthode Ancienne 2006
Price: R230
Thelema 2009
Price: R175
Waterford 2009
Price: R165

Rust en Vrede 2010
Price: R220



Fairbairn Capital Trophy for Most Successful Producer Overall

Harold Eedes Trophy for Best Chenin Blanc, Old Mutual International Judges’ Trophy, Old Mutual Trophy for Best White Wine Overall
Rijk’s Chenin Blanc Reserve 2008

Best Red Blend, Old Mutual Trophy for Best Red Wine Overall
Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2010

Best Shiraz-based Dry Red Blend, Old Mutual Trophy for Discovery of the Show
Eikendal Charisma 2011

Old Mutual Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine
JC Le Roux Scintilla 2003

Nestlé Pure Life Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc (Unwooded)
Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Best Sauvignon Blanc Unwooded (Museum Class)
KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Best Sauvignon Blanc (Wooded)
Jordan The Outlier Sauvignon Blanc 2012              

Best Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend
Delaire Graff Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Reserve 2011

Just Riesling Trophy for Best Riesling (Museum Class), Old Mutual Trophy for Best Museum Class Wine Overall
Jordan Riesling 2009       

Miele Trophy for Best Chardonnay
Rustenberg Five Soldiers 2011   

Best Chardonnay (Museum Class)
Nuy Chardonnay 2009   

Riedel Trophy for the Best Bordeaux-style Red Blend
Diemersdal MM Louw Estate Red 2011 

Best Pinotage
Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Pinotage Reserve 2011       

Best Niche Red Variety
KWV The Mentors Petit Verdot 2011     

American Express Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Stark-Condé Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Best Shiraz
Stark-Condé Three Pines Syrah 2010      

Old Mutual Trophy for the Best Dessert Wine
Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2012

Best White Muscat
Nuy Wit Muskadel 2007