Nitida Coronata Integration 2016, a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend, was named as the best overall Blend in this category, in the Winemag Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend & Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report 2017, presented earlier this week. 

It was the fifth time that the Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend Report was presented, but this year Winemag.co.za added Wooded Sauvignon Blanc into this Report. This Blend is characterized by freshness coming from Sauvignon Blanc and palate weight coming from Semillon. 

‘Such blends are a niche category within South Africa but there is general agreement that overall quality is exceptionally high and our intention at Winemag.co.za is to provide these wines with the attention they deserve. For the first time, Wooded Sauvignon Blanc was included as some very exciting wines seem to be emerging in this category and they, too, bear comparison with Graves‘, wrote Winemag in its media statement. 

A total of 38 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends from 34 producers was received. To this was added 18 Wooded Sauvignon Blanc wines from 15 producers.  In total, 23 Blends, and 11 of the Wooded Sauvignon Blancs, were rated 90 or higher on the 100-point quality scale:  

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend evaluation 

93 points
Bizoe Henriëtta 2016
Gabrielskloof The Landscape Series Magdalena 2016
Highlands Road Sine Cera 2015
Nederburg Private Bin D252 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016
Nitida Coronata Integration 2016 (BEST OVERALL)

92 points
Benguela Cove Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2016
Constantia Uitsig Natura Vista 2015
Fairview Drie Papens Fontein Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Mulderbosch Faithful Hound White 2015
Stellenzicht The Ratio 2015

91 points
David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner The Bowline 2015

90 points
Celestina Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016
Constantia Glen TWO 2016
Creation Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016
Delaire Graff White Reserve 2016
Glenwood Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016
Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve White 2015
Iona One Man Band 2016
Kevin King Bassey 2015
Nitida Coronata Integration 2015
Vergelegen GVB White 2014
Zorgvliet Simoné 2016

Wooded Sauvignon Blanc evaluation 

93 points 

Marianne 2016
Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2015

92 points
Stark-Conde Round Mountain 2016

91 points
Klein Constantia Perdeblokke 2016

90 points
Authentique 2016
Glendirk 2016
Jordan The Outlier 2016
Klein Constantia Block 361 & 372 2015
Mulderbosch 1000 Miles 2015
Neil Ellis Amica 2016
Nitida Wild Child 2016

As producer of the best wine overall, Nitida won a new 225-litre Sylvain Blanc barrel, worth over R12800, from Tonnellerie Sylvain.

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend & Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report 2017, WineMag. www.winemag.co.za Twitter: @ChristianEedes @Winemag @jaxlahoud Instagram: @christian.eedes @jaxlahoud

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