Tuesday, December 13, 2011



SAWi announced the release of our Ambassadors wine collection and gift boxes today, 13 December 2011. These 24 wines represent the best of South African Wines, with 14 wines having scored a perfect 100 points on the SAWi Index and the rest made up from a selection from top SAWi 96+ Club laureates.

SAWi considers the combined preferences of a diverse group of wine judges from various wine competitions over several vintage years and present it in wine maturation categories with a point's format score out of a 100, with different weights ascribed to wine competitions and where recognition is also given to the consistency of results and accolades bestowed on a wine.

Arranged in four case selections of 6 each, wine lovers can now order these cases at R 1600.00 each (delivery included for SA addresses) via Cybercellar online (

Selection 1

Kanonkop – Paul Sauer Cabernet Sauvignon, Saronsberg – Full Circle Mourvedre Viognier, Bouchard Finlayson – Galphin Peak Pinot Noir, Cederberg – Sauvignon Blanc, Rijks Private Cellar – Private Cellar Pinotage, De Krans – Cape Tawny Port.

Selection 2

Hamilton Russel Vineyards – Chardonnay, Saronsberg – Shiraz, Stellenzicht – Cabernet Sauvignon, Neetlingshof – Maria Riesling Noble Late Harvest, Bouchard Finlayson – Hannibal, Mulderbosch – Chardonnay Barrel Fermented.

Selection 3

Oak Valley – Elgin Pinot Noir, La Motte – Shiraz Viognier, KWV – Mentor Shiraz, Kleine Zalze – Chenin Blanc Barrel Fermented, Klein Constantia – Vin de Constance Sweet Wine, Kanonkop - Pinotage.

Selection 4

Hamilton Russel Vineyards – Pinot Noir, Eagles’ Nest – Shiraz, Groot Constantia – Gouverneurs Reserve Cabernet Blend, Paul Cluver – Chardonnay, Lomond – Pincushion Sauvignon Blanc, Paul Cluver – Riesling Noble Late Harvest.

Wine presented under the Ambassadors label is particularly distinguished, speaking of finesse and elegance, unique terroir and integrity. They are undoubtedly part of the very best of South Africa's wines, being imbued with a unique sense of `place`, as comparisons of cultivars would show.

Each case includes its respective SAWi Ambassador Club Wine Cards (with more about the terroir aspects and tasting notes of each wine), together with a collector’s poster of the 24 wines.

There is also a SAWi Ambassador's Club iPad Application available from the Apple Online Store. Please visit for more information.

Issued by : Yolandi de Wet PR - Cell phone 0027 (0)82 772 7519 - email: Yolandi De Wet []

On behalf of Izak Smit, Project Director South African Wine Index - email: office 0027 (0)21 882 9440