There was much anticipation surrounding the Franschhoek Appellation Grand Prestige (AGP) Top 10 announcement, which took place on Friday 8 January 2016, where Môreson’s Mercator 2013 secured the top position.
AGP was established in 2013 with the aim of rewarding producers who focus on bottling premium quality Wine of Origin Franschhoek wines. For the first two years, the initiative highlighted Franschhoek’s historically top-performing grape varieties, namely Chardonnay, Semillon and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2015 tasting, however, was opened to all Wine of Origin Franschhoek wines, produced in any style. This was done with the purpose of, over time, allowing the tasting process to organically determine which grape varieties and wine styles perform best. Ultimately a finite set of those varieties and styles will be eligible for entry in the future. Ninety-two wines were entered and evaluated in a blind tasting, in November 2015, by an independent panel of five judges. Internationally acclaimed sommelier, David Clarke, was appointed as the convenor for the competition. Ten wines with the highest scores were identified as the 2016 Franschhoek AGP Wines. Sponsored by Chris Wium and Cork Supply South Africa, these wines were revealed at the AGP celebration at Foliage Restaurant in Franschhoek.
Invited guests were given the opportunity to sample the wines, while enjoying the delicious culinary creations of Executive Chef Chris Erasmus and the Foliage team.
The 2016 Franschhoek AGP Top 10 Wines, in order of ranking, are:
- Môreson Mercator 2013 (Chardonnay)
- Franschhoek Vineyards Semillon 2012
- Black Elephant Vintners Brut MCC NV (Chardonnay/Pinot Noir)
- La Chaumiére Pinot Noir 2013
- La Bri Affinity 2013 (Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend)
- Môreson Chardonnay Straw Wine 2013
- Holden Manz Cabernet Franc 2013
- Stony Brook Ghost Gum 2011 (Cabernet Sauvignon)
- Lynx SMV 2013 (Shiraz-based blend)
- Maison Straw Wine 2012 (Chenin Blanc)