Standard Bank/Chenin Blanc Top Ten Challenge 2018


This year marks the fifth of the challenge that annually awards a cash prize to the producers of the top 10 Chenins selected. The stipulation is that the money – R25 000 per winning wine – goes towards a socially sustainable initiative involving wine-farm workers. To date a total of R850 000 has been spent on social upliftment programmes.

The panel is chaired once again by seasoned wine judge Cathy van Zyl (MW), who is also associate editor of Platter's South African Wine Guide. Simon Field (MW), long-time former buyer for UK fine wine merchants Berry Bros & Rudd, where his focus included the Loire, the birthplace of Chenin, is flying into the Cape winelands for the challenge. These days he works as a wine consultant and has retained the Loire as a niche area of interest. The third MW is celebrated winemaker Richard Kershaw, renowned for his cool-climate Elgin wines.

They are being joined by James Pietersen, Wine Cellar's South African portfolio manager and a regular judge in leading local wine shows. Completing the panel are Tinashe Nyamudoka, head sommelier and beverage manager for the Test Kitchen, South Africa's only restaurant to consistently feature on the San Pellegrino Top 100 Best Restaurant list, and associate judge Spencer Fondaumiere, who is manager and sommelier of Burrata, one of the restaurants owned by Neil Grant, a founder and former chairman of the SA Sommelier Association.

Entries open on 11 June and close on 29 June 2018.

Below links to the competition rules, entry form and an infographic with information regarding tasting protocol and statistics of previous challenges, or email Ina Smith on


Competition Rules
Entry Form
Competition Infographic

Important dates

Closing date for entries and submission of samples: Thursday, 29 June 2018
Delivery of samples: ONLY 26 - 29 June 2018
Judging of wines: 3 - 5 July 2018

Awards Event : End August 2018 (TBA)

Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa