SAWi Annual Grand Wines Collection Awards Sets South African Wines Benchmark

Published: 22/07/2016
Author: Adele Schultz
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SAWi Annual Grand Wines Collection Awards Sets South African Wines Benchmark

Published: 22/07/2016
Author: Adele Schultz

The South African Wine Index (SAWi) was established in 2009 with the aim of independently identifying South Africa's best wines. SAWi's hope was that the collection of these best wines, or 'South African Grand Wines', would then allow for the international promotion of the South African wine industry as a producer of high-quality wines, in contrast to its reputation at the time as a producer of cheap bulk wine.

SAWi's unique 'Algorithm of Excellence' is applied to measure the performance of individual wines, across multiple vintages, and compares and condenses the results from more than 100 multinational competitions, reviews and listings, acknowledging the nature of the competition and any additional accolades bestowed on a wine, and expresses this as a single value out of 100.

Through the ongoing indexing process, it is now easy to distinguish top performing producers, and which of their wines are consistently accepted as exceptional. In addition to making the international promotion of the best South African wines possible, the Index offers consumers an opportunity to make a reliable decision about which wines to buy - without being subject to the necessary vagaries of annual wine competitions, or a vintage-specific performance.

SAWi sets two aspirational benchmarks against which to measure wine quality: Grand Gold status, which is awarded to wines that score more than 93 Index points, and Platinum status, for wines which score above 95. Together, these sets comprise the 'South African Grand Wines Collection'.

Sourced from 585 wineries or more than 6000 wines, the 'Grand Wines Collection' currently includes 494 wines and only 203 wines, representing 66 wineries, have achieved Platinum status.
While SAWi indexes all South African wines as a matter of routine, SAWi members are invited to attend the annual SA Wine Index 'Wine Excellence Awards' at which their performance in particular is acknowledged.

De Toren Private Cellar is one of the Top 10 Red Wine Producers in South Africa ranked by South African Wine Index 2016. De Toren Fusion V and De Toren Z Bordeaux Blends were awarded Platinum status De Toren Fusion V rated 100 Points. De Toren Z rated 96.2 Points

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We were delighted to recently receive superb news from the respected South African Wine Index (SAWI) , following the publication of their annual list of South Africa's top performing wines. Established in 2009, as an independent body, with the aim of identifying South Africa's finest wines,...

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This month we were honoured to receive superb news from the esteemed and highly reputable USA publisher, Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The craftsmanship invested in each and every step of our winemaking process has truly been rewarded by this most recent nomination. The editors of Wine Enthusiast...

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De Toren has always believed in making wine for the enjoyment and appreciation thereof, especially for the pleasure of our valued clients. Our aim is thus to always to stay true to our philosophy of Exclusive Craftsmanship, in everything we do; from the work we do in our vineyards right through...

A summary of the annual ratings

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As we near the end of a great year and prepare for a new one with fantastic prospects, one tends to look back and recapitulate the past 365 days and evaluate not-so-good and more importantly the good. For De Toren, those highlights certainly include the appreciation of our wines by our valued...

The results of the 2016 Nederburg Auction

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This year marked the 42nd anniversary of the Nederburg Auction , an exclusive opportunity for local and international buyers to purchase some of South Africa's most rare and sought-after wines. We were honoured that 30 bottles of the De Toren Fusion V 2005 vintage was once again selected to...

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Once a year, over two days during the month of September, Nederburg in Paarl becomes the focal point of the South African fine wine business. We are honoured to have been selected to auction the last 30 bottles of our rare De Toren Fusion V 2005 vintage at this year's Nederburg Auction. This...

Hot off the press...

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International wine critic, Tim Atkin rated the 2013 vintages of De Toren Fusion V and De Toren Z a 92. These vintages are almost sold out. ORDER HERE

Our 2014 vintages are being released soon. Reserve your allocation today

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Our 2014 vintage was crafted in very favourable weather conditions. The season started off cooler, turning warm to moderate during the ripening process, perfect for growing concentrated flavourful berries. What can be expected are full bodied, yet vibrant flavours with complex aromas. Silky,...

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Parkheuvel Restaurant is a ** Michelin Star restaurant situated near the park in the heart of Rotterdam, close to the Euromast and right next to the Maas River, in Netherlands. The street sign in my kitchen reads 'Van Loostraat' or the street of Van Loo. Every day we work with about ten chefs...

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Located in the heart of Fort Worth's cultural district, in Dallas Texas Le Cep Restaurant exemplifies the true essence of creative Parisian contemporary fine dining. The romantic and intimate setting with stylish decor and elegant details, along with the skilled and attentive service of the...

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Located in the lively specialised cuisine suburb of Parktown North, Johannesburg this quaint street with trees engulfing the road creates a subtle sophistication that adds to the ambiance of the area. The Local Grill is passionate about steak. Their menu offers distinction not only in cut, and...

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Please tell us a bit about your background. Where you have previously worked and how you got into the industry? My mother opened a restaurant when I was 12 years old. That was the beginning but I needed more time to follow in her footsteps. I attended the hotel management school and after...

SAWi Annual Grand Wines Collection Awards Sets South African Wines Benchmark

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The South African Wine Index (SAWi) was established in 2009 with the aim of independently identifying South Africa's best wines. SAWi's hope was that the collection of these best wines, or 'South African Grand Wines', would then allow for the international promotion of the South African wine...

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Our consistent track record with Wine Spectator revealed another 92 Point rating from this esteemed magazine. This is how James Molesworth describes the Fusion V 2013: "This has an old-school core of steeped currant, blackberry and plum fruit intertwined with notes of charcoal, tobacco and...

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De Toren Book XVII 2013 once again made the top 2 wines, showing remarkable consistency and the command of the luxury red wine market. Unfortunately the organiser's this year did not include our The Black Lion (3 rd in last year's taste-off) in the line-up, siting they only wanted one wine...

The velvety and vibrant De Toren "Z" 2014 is pre-released in June. Reserve your allocation today

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The 2014 season started off slightly cooler, turning warm to moderate during the ripening process. These were perfect conditions for quality grapes. This is reflected in our Merlot-led De Toren Z 2014 to be pre-released in June 2016. The wine is pure and focused whilst showcasing red fruit,...

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This magnificent restaurant is situated in the Scheldt delta and has contemporary elegance and art setting the tone. The inspired Chef Jannis uses top quality ingredients to create intricate, exciting and convincing dishes that are full of contrasting flavours. A fantastic sensation for the...

Arrive expecting delicious cuisine at Silo's Restaurant in Belgium and enjoy our De Toren wines

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The Owner, Danny Vanderschueren personally selects the wines for this fine Belgian Restaurant. We are honoured to have our De Toren wines listed in this meticulous restaurant. Silo's features a combination of comfort food and fine cuisine in a contemporary way, is restored and a perfect...

The creative Netherlands Michelin Star Katseveer Restaurant with gastronomical prowess

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At Katseveer Restaurant in Wilhelminadorp in the Netherlands, focus is placed on creative molecular cuisine and warm hospitality. This former ferryboat waiting room boasts wonderful views of passing ships and a terrace that looks out onto the Eastern Scheldt. A pleasant location for modern...

Interview with Sommelier of the Month. Neleen Strauss from High Timber Restaurant in London loves the balance between simplicity of food and wine

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Neleen tells us how she got into the hospitality industry by stealing her father's Pinotage as a child. She stays true to her South African roots in London by also stocking De Toren Fusion V that blew her away back in Johannesburg. Can you give me a short background on yourself, where you...

Both De Toren Fusion V 2013 and De Toren Z 2013 Nominated 5 Stars

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Both our De Toren Fusion V 2013 and De Toren Z 2013 were nominated for 5 Stars in this year's Platter's Wine Guide. De Toren Z 2013 is described as: 'This soft, approachable ruby-hued beauty is a true testament to vines lovingly reared and winemaking raised to an art form. A Right Bank-style...

Book XVII 2014 Bold Yet Elegant Launches Soon

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The ancient Roman philosopher, Pliny the Elder, believed that in different areas of the vineyard, the wine will grow differently and give different results. This is called terroir and is true of the unique expression of the Book XVII 2014 vintage, to be released in April 2016. The carefully...

De Toren Z Highly Rated by Dutch Guild of Sommeliers

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The Nederlandse Gilde van Sommeliers had a tasting of Bordeaux Blends on 11 January 2016 during the Wine Professional wine show in Amsterdam. De Toren Z was in the line-up and 20 wines were tasted in 5 Flights and from 11 countries. The results for the best 10 wines: Continuum Estate 2012,...

Wine App Vivino Users Like La Jeunesse Délicate

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With almost 7.5 million users and over 13 million wine ratings in 2014, this is clearly a popular tool. Users can quickly scan the label of a wine and Vivino provides the price, average rating and reviews, as well as some information about the wine. I didn't find all reviews that helpful. The...

Interview With Sommelier of the Month

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Joseph T Dhafana from La Colombe Restaurant at Silvermist Wine Estate. You have been chosen as De Toren Sommelier of the month. Tell us about your introduction into the wine industry. In 2009 I worked as a gardener at Bar Bar Blacksheep restaurant in Riebeek Kasteel, until I climbed the...

BOOK XVII 2012 rated as South Africa's Top Luxury Wine!

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Last month Wine Cellar, South Africa's preeminent importer of Bordeaux wines, held two blind tastings in Johannesburg and Cape Town with 62 leading wine experts to determine South Africa's most luxurious ultra premium red wine. The number 1 wine by a considerable margin was BOOK XVII 2012 ! As...

First Ever Blend Tasting For De Toren "Z" Held Outside South Africa

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It was a monumental day for De Toren as for the first time ever there was a blend tasting held outside of South Africa. Every year, 4 exclusive venues are chose across South Africa where the exact blend is determined for De Toren Fusion V and De Toren Z. At these blend tastings our final...