Super White wines of 2011 went up against Superquaffers on Wednesday night in Sea Point with pretty awesome results. Members of our social wine club, The Bald & The Beautiful, comprising of myself, Corlien Morris of Wine Concepts, wine writer Christian Eedes and sommelier James Pietersen, were presented with a mixed line-up of “superquaffers” and “super whites”. Since the tasting was conducted blind (labels out of sight) no-one could be influenced by previous ratings or prejudice. Rated purely on sensory appeal, the quaffers did exceptionally well – beating even some of the top-rated wines in the country.
Those who like a bargain would like to know straight off the bat that the second highest scoring wine of the night was the (R40-a-bottle) Wolftrap White 2010. Rated as Platter’s Superquaffer of the Year in the 2012 edition, this wine from Franschhoek property Boekenhoutskloof did its title justice with an overall score of 17 / 20 (which is 4 Stars, and therefore a wine of distinction). Another top superquaffer was Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc 2011, with some members, myself included, guessing it a Super White. Overall score for this wine (which trades for about R35) was 15.75 (rounded to 16).
The top-rated wine of the night was Morgenzon Chenin Blanc 2009, with an overall score of 17.5, or 4½ Stars.
A humbling exercise, it is unfortunate that some great wines – the KWV Grenache Blanc 2010 being a case in point with its 5 Star rating in Platter’s 2012 and one of my top wines of 2011 – didn’t fare as well as expected. Rated an overall score of 15.75 (or rounded 16), members were divided on the merits of the wine. It showed a rich lanolin character, and while the palate was immaculately intact, the reductive character ultimately resulted in it being scored down.
Here’s the full list of wines as tasted in line-up and scored:
Morgenzon Chenin Blanc 2009 – JT score: 17.5/20. Overall score: 17.5/20
Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc 2011 – JT score 16/20. Overall score: 15.75/20
What! Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – JT score 14/20. Overall score: 14.75/20
KWV Grenache Blanc 2010 – JT score 15/20. Overall score: 15.75/20
David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – JT score 16/20. Overall score: 16/20
Tokara Director’s Reserve 2010 – JT score 15.5/20. Overall score 16.5/20
The Wolftrap White 2010 – JT score 17.5/20. Overall score 17/20
Strandveld Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – JT score 14/20. Overall score 15.88/20
De Grendel Pinot Gris 2010 – JT score 14/20. Overall score 15.38/20
David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2008 – JT score 16/20. Overall score: 16.38/20