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2013 Pinot Noir Vintage is the best

Published on 28 August 2014


Six Pinot Noir Winemakers in Top 20 List
28 Aug 2014


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The Mail and Guardian has published its list of the top 20 winemakers in the Cape. A panel of 29 people has selected its top 20 winemakers from the region. Six celebrated South African pinot noir winemakers were included in the list.

The wineries are listed with its position it achieved.

5. Chamonix started revealing the vinous potential of its Franschhoek mountainside soils after Gottfried Mocke arrived in 2001 to look after vineyards and cellars with his flair and insight. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc have always done well here; now a handful of reds, especially Pinot Noir, join them amongst the country's best - and there's not a dud in sight.

6. Paul Cluver Estate makes mostly white wines off the extensive, pioneering Elgin domaine, but the Pinot Noir is equally fine.

7. Newton Johnson is one of this year's big climbers. This quintessential family farm in the Hemel-en-Aarde near Hermanus is most famous for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

9. Hamilton Russell Vineyards, pioneer of winemaking in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, is still famous for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - the latter widely regarded as the country's finest.

12. Thelema is Tokara's neighbour but longer established (since 1983), with cellar master Gyles Webb amongst the pioneers of modern winemaking in the Cape. Thelema makes Pinot Noir under the Sutherland label.

18. Meerlust is one of Stellenbosch's great old estates, owned by the Myburghs since 1757, it's fine winemaking tradition re-energised for the past decade by winemaker Chris Williams.

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