Results of the Winemag Alternative Varieties Report 2019

Friday, 12 April, 2019
Semillon, Cabernet Franc to the fore in the second annual Alternative Varieties Report. The second annual Alternative Varieties Report focusing on single-variety wines which fall outside the mainstream was released on Tuesday, 9 April at Babylonstoren in Paarl.

44 white wine entries and 43 red wine entries were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by the three-person Winemag panel: Christian Eedes, Roland Peens and James Pietersen; scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

Top white wine overall was the Babylonstoren Wine Club Semillon 2017 with a rating of 95 points while top red was the Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2016 with 94.

Semillon and Cabernet Franc enjoyed particularly strong showings in general - there were nine examples of the former and seven examples of the latter to rate 90-plus altogether. Semillon was South Africa’s 13th most planted variety making up 1.2% of the national vineyard at the end of 2017 while Cabernet Franc was 14th making up 0.9%.

To read the report in full, go to