In his 7th annual SA Special Report, Tim Atkin MW claims that 2015 and 2017 produced a brilliant series of wines, surpassing any of SA’s past vintages, and that they are ‘two…

In his 7th annual SA Special Report, Tim Atkin MW claims that 2015 and 2017 produced a brilliant series of wines, surpassing any of SA’s past vintages, and that they are ‘two of the best ever harvests’ in the Cape. ‘The severe, three-year drought reduced yields severely in some regions,’ Tim writes, ‘but didn’t affect the quality of the wines, especially of the 2015 reds and the 2017 whites.

Tim awarded his first ever 100-point score in the New World to the 2015 Kanonkop Paul Sauer and 99 points to two whites: 2017 Alheit Vineyards Magnetic North and 2017 Sadie Family ’T Voetpad. ‘I don’t give very high scores lightly,’ he says, ‘but these three stunning, world-class wines have earned it.

This year, Tim gives special praise to Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sémillon, white blends, Bordeaux red blends, Cabernet Franc, Cinsault and Syrah. He also comments on the success of the Old Vine Project in drawing attention to the Cape’s heritage vineyards.

We have already offered most of the 95+ wines but here is the list of what we still have available. Today, our focus is on 2 new wines from our friends at Leeuwenkuil that offer ridiculous value. These 2 reserve blends take the place of the previously single-varietal wines.

The Leeuwenkuil Reserve Red 2017 is a pure-fruited Swartland beauty with a modest alcohol level and sumptuous Old World savouriness. It has the sophistication of a wine 3 times the price along with great drinkability from the fine 2017 vintage. The Leeuwenkuil Reserve White 2017 is also very elegant and deeply complex. It offers ample citrus, fine aromatics and a minerality that is not often found in the Swartland. In summary, these are the bargains of the year!

Tim Atkin 2018 SA Report


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Overall Wines and Winemakers of the Year:
  • Winemaker of the Year: Chris Alheit of Alheit Vineyards
  • Young Winemaker of the Year: Lukas van Loggerenberg of Van Loggerenberg Wines
  • Grower of the Year: Basie van Lill
  • Co-operative of the Year: Klawer Cellars
  • Winemaking Legend: Jan Boland Coetzee of Vriesenhof
  • Overall White Wine of the Year: 2017 Sadie Family ’T Voetpad, Swartland
  • Overall Red Wine of the Year: 2015 Kanonkop Paul Sauer, Stellenbosch
  • Overall Rosé of the Year: 2017 Raised by Wolves Newlands Pinot Meunier Deon Joubert, Stellenbosch
  • Overall Sparkling Wine of the Year: 2012 Le Lude Magnum Vintage Cuvée, Western Cape
  • Overall Sweet Wine of the Year: 2015 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance, Constantia
  • Overall Fortified Wine of the Year: 2016 De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve, Calitzdorp
  • Red Wine Discovery of the Year: 2017 Rall Ava Syrah, Swartland
  • White Wine Discovery of the Year: 2017 Alheit Huilkrans, Citrusdal Mountain
  • Best Value White of the Year: 2018 Stellenrust Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch
  • Best Value Red of the Year: 2016 Zonnebloem SMV, Stellenbosch
  • Best Value Rosé of the Year: 2018 Oude Kompagnies Post Swanepoel Rosé, Tulbagh
  • Best Value Sparkling Wine of the Year: Villiera Tradition Brut NV, Western Cape
  • Best Value Sweet Wine of the Year: 2013 Namaqua Noble Late Harvest, Olifants River
  • Best Value Fortified Wine of the Year: 2015 Du Toitskloof Red Muscadel, Breedekloof

 

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