According to this week’s newsletter, which focused on wines that had ‘most excited’ the publication’s editors in their recent tastings, South African producers are delivering ‘tremendous’ Cabernets, Chardonnays and Rhône-style bottlings.
The De Trafford and Sijnn wines in the article all scored above 92 points, making them ‘outstanding’ wines on the WS scoring system.
The de Trafford Straw Wine 2012 made the ‘hot wines’ list, meaning the Wine Spectator tasting panel considered it an ‘exciting discovery’ and, although hard to find, ‘worth seeking out’.
Below is the list of local wines in the newest instalment of Wine Spectator Insider:
- De Trafford Syrah 393 2012 – 94/100
- Sijnn Red 2012 – 93/100
- De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2011 – 92/100
- Sijnn Syrah 2013 – 92/100
- Constantia Glen TWO 2015 – 91/100
- Klein Constantia Perdeblokke 2015 – 91/100
De Trafford Straw Wine – 94/100
‘Lush and layered, with white chocolate, golden raisin, heather honey and fresh persimmon notes, this unctuous sweetie glides along, picking up extra papaya and mango details through the finish. Exotic and gorgeous. Made from air-dried Chenin Blanc grapes. Drink now through 2026.’ — James Molesworth, Senior Editor of Wine Spectator Insider