Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2015

was released at Burrata Restaurant in The Old Biscuit Mill precinct in Woodstock

Before the results were announced, Nederburg Cellarmaster Razvan Macici and the other winemakers who were receiving awards, together with invited guests, gathered in the restaurant to await the judges' decisions
Christian Eedes introduced the programme and explained the judging process. 60 wines, currently available or to be released soon, were invited to enter the competition. Wines that received 90 or more points out of 100 received certificates

If the prices of most of these wines are compared with other wines of equal or similar quality in the international market, they are very competitively priced, taking a UK price of £10 (= R190) as a yardstick for entry level wines
Waterford Estate 2012
Price: R195

Le Riche 2012
Wine Cellar price: R200

Laibach The Widow’s Block 2012
Wine Cellar price: R235
Graham Beck The Coffeestone 2013
Price: R250
De Trafford 2012
Price: R265 (due for release in July)
Oldenburg Vineyards 2012
Price: R200

Nederburg II Centuries 2010
Price: R280

Stark-Condé Stellenbosch 2012
Price: R165
Spier Woolworths Reserve 2012
Woolworths price: R129.95 (the bargain of the contest)
Warwick Blue Lady 2012
Wine Cellar price: R260

Burrata is famous for its pizzas and a selection was brought to the guests
Some of the best, most richly flavoured arancini we have had this year
A classic Margarita
The Report's sponsor Derek Prout-Jones of 4 Decades Capital with Amanda, his wife, and their daughter Danica
Warwick winemaker Nic van Aarde and Jani Branders, Hospitality Manager at Warwick, with the delicious 1991 Blue Lady, which showed how well Cabernets can keep if stored in good conditions. The 2012 scored 90 points
Winning winemakers Irene Waller of La Bri and Erika Obermeyer of Graham Beck
The judges: Christian Eedes, James Pietersen and Roland Peens
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015
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