Wine News: SAWi Grand Wines Collection 2020

The ‘Grand Wines Collection’ (GWC), a wine selection that highlights South Africa’s best selection of consistently top scoring wines, has j...

The ‘Grand Wines Collection’ (GWC), a wine selection that highlights South Africa’s best selection of consistently top scoring wines, has just been released by SAWi. 

The GWC represents a class of wines never before identified as a group.

To be able to declare this milestone followed the application of a wine classification methodology that took 10 years to complete. It came through applying a unique ‘Algorithm of Excellence’, by which the results of blind tasting competitions were continuously collated through exacting criteria, i.e. scoring wines according to strict competition status criteria.

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The result opens a condensed window of a wine’s achievements at multi-national blind tastings over multi-vintages. Only wines with a score of 93+ out of 100 were then included in the ‘Collection’.

The group also boasts wines referred to as ‘SAWi Ambassadors’ that have shown tenaciousness and sustained vigour in achieving scores of 95 points and above.

The GWC currently includes just over 400 South African wines or 5.3% of all bottled wines featuring tasting results, representing 140 wineries. Updates will be on-going within a 10 year roll-over system.

This announcement is a significant milestone for the local wine industry, The GWC offers an objective response to the elusive concept ‘how to identify an excellent wine’, and provides an opportunity for wine lovers to become stakeholders in the GWC by acquiring fine wines for collection and enjoyment.

GWC wines can be identified through the SA Wine Index’s Grand Gold (93-94 points) and Platinum (95+ points) bottle stickers.

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4 Eagles' Nest Shiraz
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10 KWV Classic Collection Cape Tawny Port
11 Rijk's  Reserve Pinotage 
12 La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Viognier
13 Groot Constantia Estate Shiraz
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15 Stellenrust '53' Barrel FermentedChenin Blanc 
16 Distell Van Ryn's 12 Year Old Distiller's Reserve Brandy
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18 Kleine Zalze Wines Vineyard Selection Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 
19 Graham Beck Chardonnay Blanc de Blanc Brut Mèthode Cap Classique
20 Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur
21 Eagles' Nest Merlot
22 Flagstone Winery Writer's Block Pinotage
23 Distell Van Ryn's 15 Year Old Fine Cask Reserve Brandy
24 Aaldering Vineyards & Wines Pinotage
25 Cederberg Private Cellar Shiraz
26 Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV Mèthode Cap Classique
27 Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
28 Klein Constantia Estate Vin de Constance
29 Rijk's  Private Cellar Pinotage 
30 Groot Constantia Estate Chardonnay
31 Distell Oude Meester 18 YO Soverein Brandy
32 Wildekrans Wine Estate Barrel Select Reserve Shiraz 
33 Constantia Glen Five Merlot Cabernet Malbec Cab Franc Petit Verdot
34 D'Aria Wines Songbird Sauvignon Blanc
35 Diemersfontein Wines Carpe Diem Reserve Pinotage 
36 Laborie Wine Farm Alambic Potstill Brandy
37 Groot Constantia Estate  Pinotage
38 La Motte Shiraz
39 Tokara Directors Reserve White Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
40 Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Tawny Port
41 Lomond Single Vineyard Conebush Syrah
42 Eikendal Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
43 De Toren Private Cellar Fusion V Cabernet Cab Franc Malbec Merlot Petit Verdot
44 Paul Cluver Estate Wines Chardonnay (Elgin)
45 Elgin Vintners Pinot Noir
46 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay
47 Doolhof Wine Estate Signatures of Doolhof SV Malbec
48 Laborie Wine Farm Blanc de Blanc Brut Mèthode Cap Classique
49 Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Shiraz
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