So as well as judging (which is totally blind – we don’t even know the identity of the wines that have entered the competition), we’re managing to try some wine in our time off here at the Top 100 competition.
The highlight has probably been the Rustenberg Peter Barlow 1996 – a serious Bordeaux-style blend of finesse and purity. Everyone loved it.
Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc, in both the 2004 and 2005, was brilliant, ageing beautifully in a linear direction. Fabulous.
Quoin Rock The Nicobar counts among the very best South African whites that I’ve yet tried. Lovely precise grapefruit notes with some textural richness and brilliantly integrated oak. This is a serious wine.
Cederberg Private Cellar Cape Winemakers Guild Semillon: a fresh, intense style with some pithiness and lovely concentration. Some interest here.