Paul Sauer scoops award for Bordeaux blend

Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2004 emerged as the runaway leader in a tasting competition organised by London independent Handford Wines to identify South Africa’s best Bordeaux-style blend.

The wine’s score was three times higher than its nearest challenger in the blind tasting, conducted by South Africa’s Greg Sherwood MW and merchant owner James Handford MW.

Sherwood said: “The congestion of scores around nine points was pretty much what we expected might happen with so little separating the quality of this batch of prestige red wines.

“But for the Paul Sauer to walk away with the title of Best Red Bordeaux Blend in the line-up, with a staggering 33 points, is a true testament to the iconic lineage of this wine.” He added: “There is no question that along with Syrah, Syrah blends and perhaps a handful of top Cape blends, the Bordeaux red blend category is certainly one of the strongest in? South Africa?.”?Handford added: “I had expected a few more stand-out blockbusters?, but overall, the quality was consistently very high. If you consider the price of these wines in relation to the best from Bordeaux, France or Napa Valley, they represent exceptional value for money and are definitely age-worthy??.”??