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Wineries such as Paulina's Reserve; Thelema and Waterford have shown admirable consistently in the Top Ten over the years, and overall, the category is looking strong. This report aims to establish a recognised benchmark for the second most planted varietal in South Africa.

The Top 10 Cabernet Sauvignons were revealed at a gathering at Burrata at the Biscuit Mill in Woodstock on Thursday, 22 May 2014. A total of 60 wines were tasted and judged by a panel that was led by Christian Eedes and included renowned tasters Roland Peens and James Pietersen from Wine Cellar.

Eedes says local wine makers are displaying a far greater understanding of the wine styles being demanded by both critics and consumers. “Winemakers are going in pursuit of fruit and less aggressive tannins, and simply put, this means picking riper and working smarter in the cellar. The end result is a wine with sumptuous fruit but not short of freshness or tannic structure. The best wines display fruit purity, acidity which is not hard or spiky and firm but fine tannins."

Daniël Kriel, SPI CEO, says “Fine wine is a 'passion investment' that has historically served investors well. SPI partnered with Christian because we know that identifying quality investments goes beyond expertise in market movements. Value has a broad definition and investments that attests to our clients' quality of life can hold greater value for an individual than a traditional investment portfolio. Congratulations to the winning winemakers – the Top Ten wines were truly a delight to taste.”

The Christian Eedes Top Ten Cabernet Sauvignons for 2014 are:

    Five stars

  1. Rustenberg Peter Barlow 2009
  2. Waterford 2011

    Four and a half stars

  4. Knorhoek Pantére 2011
  5. Rickety Bridge Paulina's Reserve 2011
  6. Spier Woolworths Reserve 2011
  7. Spier Woolworths The Hutton Single Vineyard 2012
  8. Thelema 2010
  9. Warwick Blue Lady 2010

    Four stars

  11. Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2009
  12. Oldenburg Vineyards 2011


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