2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Report
Waterford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Voted in South Africa’s Top 10 – 4 out of 5 Years Running
The Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2017, is the sixth Cabernet Sauvignon report conducted by a panel of three judges annually, namely; Christian Eedes, Roland Peens, and James Pietersen. Christian Eedes is an acclaimed wine expert with extensive experience in judging high profile wine compettitions, currently the editor of Winemag.co.za. Both Roland Peens and James Pietersen are part of the Wine Cellar team, one of South Africa’s foremost importers and retailers of fine wines.
The selection of 65 wines are chosen based on recent local or international accolades, as well as those producers Christian Eedes considers to be the best in their field. The tasting is conducted blind, and scoring is done according to the 100 point system.
The Stellenbosch region dominated with 14 out of 15 wines scoring 90 points or higher on the 100-point scale. Out of the top wines, 9 were from 2014, indicating that 2014 was a particularly good vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon. The average score of all 65 wines in the line-up was 87.8 points, proving South Africa’s potential in producing Cabernet Sauvignon.
Previous appearances of the Waterford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon on the Cabernet Sauvignon report include;
2013 Report – Waterford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, with 4 and a half stars,
2014 Report – Waterford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, first place with 5 stars
2015 Report – Waterford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, first place with 93 points
This year Waterford Estate has appeared in the top 10 with 91 points for the fourth time out of five years being selected for the competition.