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What are some of South Africa's top Bordeaux-style red blends?
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In conjunction with RisCura, a global financial services provider, Winemag.co.za is pleased to announce the inaugural RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends.

The Bordeaux region in the southwest of France is famous for its red blends, the best of which have the ability to mature with benefit for many years in bottle. The two grape varieties that feature most prominently are austere Cabernet Sauvignon and fleshy Merlot, although Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot also play a role. The style has been imitated around the world and South Africa is no exception.

85 entries were received from 64 producers for this year’s competition. 11 wines were rated 90 or higher on the 100-point quality scale and these were recognised during an event held at Stellenbosch’s new De Warenmarkt on Wednesday, 5 August.

The top wines were as follows:

92
Diemersdal Private Collection 2013
MR De Compostella 2013 - Best Overall

91
Dombeya Fenix 2010
Fleur du Cap Laszlo 2009
Keet First Verse 2011
Morgenster 2010
Morgenster 2012

90
Fleur du Cap Laszlo 2008
Overgaauw Tria Corda 2012
Thelema Rabelais 2011
Uva Mira O.T.V. 2013

As best wine overall, the MR De Compostella 2013 won a new top-of-range 225-litre Grande Reserve Château Tradition barrel from Tonnellerie Sylvain. This competition becomes a companion project to the RisCura White Hot Wine Awards begun in 2013 and featuring Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends, the white wine traditionally associated with Bordeaux. Results of the White Hot Wine Awards will made public on 3 September.

For the full report: #RisCura Red Hot Tasting Report

WInemag.co.za are hosting two Public Tastings events to showcase the top-rated Bordeaux –style red blends to the wine enthusiast. Tickets are available online for 19th August in Johannesburg and 26th August in Cape Town, at the Radisson Blu Hotel Gautrain and Waterfront, respectively,.

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