Paul Sauer scoops award for Bordeaux blend

24 April, 2009

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


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


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


The top scorers

1 Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2004 (33)

2 Vergelegen V 2004 (11)

3 Warwick Trilogy 2004 (10)

=4 MR de Compostella 2004 (9)

=4 Meerlust Rubicon 2004 (9)

=4 De Toren 2004 Fusion V 2004 (9)

=4 Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond 2004 (9)

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