We believe that quality wine is a big part of our South African heritage. We have therefore partnered with acclaimed wine expert Christian Eedes to select our country’s top ten Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines each year and to publish the results in the annual Christian Eedes Report. The Christian Eedes Reports make it easy for you to enjoy the finest wines from these two cultivars.
Long-serving team member and previous editor of Wine magazine, Christian is an acknowledged wine expert and has extensive experience judging a number of high-profile wine competitions - (including the Veritas Awards, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, Platter’s Wine Guide) and was chairman of the panel for the 2011 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10.
In spite of new crazes in the SA wine world, there are still many wine connoisseurs who think our wine makers – especially from the Stellenbosch area – are doing exceedingly well in producing cabernet sauvignon. One of the reasons is that our climate allows the grape to mature properly on the vine.
Simonsig recently released The Garland 2008 – 100% cabernet originating from the slopes of Simonsberg. This wine is confirmation that SA cabernets can compete on the world scene. The wine has a fruity nose, followed by mouth flavours of mulberry and cherry. The wine-making process yields a wine with a sound structure that will richly reward those who are prepared to wait a few years before opening.
Wine of the month archive
Instead of being all-inclusive, Christian keeps his wine selections small and focused with only 50 to 60 wines.