2011, the first year of the FNB sponsorship, a total of 169 entries were
received, in 2012 this increased to 195, and this year the aim is to reach 200
entries. Entries are arriving at a steady pace, and a very encouraging
sign is that quite a number of entries have been received from producers who
are participating for the first time.
The key to the success of the FNB Top 10 Competition is the fact that the
judges are drawn from a broad background, including journalism, retail,
education and winemaking. "Our aim is not to reward a single style
of Sauvignon Blanc, but rather to identify 10 excellent examples that can set a
benchmark for quality in a global context" according to Pieter de Waal,
Secretary of SBIG and organiser of the competition.
The panel chairperson for the sixth consecutive year, Christian Eedes, will be
assisted by a hugely talented and qualified panel of four judges, being:
Cathy Marston (wine educator and journalist)
Carrie Adams (Norman Goodfellows, Hook & Lambert, Panniers)
Elzette du Preez (winemaker: De Grendel)
Richard Kershaw (MW & winemaker: Kershaw Wines)
Closing date for the competition is Friday, 23 August 2013, with the last date
to deliver samples a week later, Friday 30 August 2013.
Judging will take place at The Wine Cellar, Observatory, from 3 to 6 September
2013, with the Top 20 announced on Monday 9 September 2013.
The awards ceremony will presented at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate on Friday 27
September 2013, and the first public tasting of the FNB Top 10 will be at the
FNB Fine Wine & Dine to be held at the V & A Waterfront on Thursday 3
& Friday 4 October 2013.
To participate in the competition, or for any other enquiries, please contact
Pieter de Waal on 083 357 3864 or firstname.lastname@example.org