‘Why don’t more people realise what’s going on in South Africa?’ asks Tim Atkin MW in his 2017 Special Report which was released this morning. 149 wines are rated 95 points and above and are highlighted as ‘Gold Medals’ and ‘World Class’. ‘There wasn’t a single category that didn’t impress me this year,’ Tim enthuses in this thorough annual report of SA’s top wines. Download your copy here.
‘The thing that strikes most people about the South African wine industry is its energy,’ says Tim, ‘there is a greater pool of talent in their twenties and thirties than in any other country.’ We are certainly living in a golden era of South African wine!
‘Inevitably, I will be accused of indulging in score inflation… All I can say in reply is that I fervently believe that South Africa is improving with every vintage (even tricky ones like 2016) and that the wines merit my plaudits. I do my best to see South African wines in a global context and mark them accordingly.’ – Tim Atkin MW
We have offered most of the top-rated wines already. Follow the link below to view a list of the available wines with 96 points and above. We will continue to highlight great value 95-pointers throughout the year.
Awarded 96 points and above but not yet released: AA Badenhorst The Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc 2016, Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2015, Delaire Graff Laurence Graff Reserve 2014, Kershaw Chardonnay Deconstructed Bokkeveld Shale CY548 2016, Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2014, Mullineux Essence 250ml 2012, Raats MR de Compostella 2015, Restless River Chardonnay Ava Marie 2016 and Reyneke Natural Chenin Blanc 2016.
Please email James@winecellar.co.za if you would like to be notified once these are released.
Awarded 96 points and above but not available: Alheit Vineyards La Colline Sémillon 2016, Alheit Vineyards Magnetic North Makstok 2016, Alheit Vineyards Radio Lazarus 2016, Beeslaar Pinotage 2015, Boekenhoutskloof The Journeyman 2015, Graham Beck Cuvée Clive 2011, Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Block A Chenin Blanc 2016, Mullineux Quartz Chenin Blanc ‘Leliefontein’ 2016, Porseleinberg Syrah 2015, Reyneke Reserve White 2015, Sadie Family Kokerboom 2016, Sadie Family Mev. Kirsten 2016, Sadie Family Skurfberg 2016, Saronsberg Full Circle 2015 and 4G 67 Imizuzu 2014.