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Tim Atkin MW SA 2017 Report: Top wines on offer

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.

Tim Atkin

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. Below is a list of the available wines with 96 points and above. We will continue to highlight great value 95-pointers throughout the year.

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Wine Score Price Order
Boschkloof, Epilogue Syrah 2015 » 97 R 590  
David & Nadia, Hoë-Steen Chenin Blanc 2016 » 97 R 590  
Newton Johnson, Family Vineyards Seadragon Pinot Noir 2016 » 97 R 340  
Porseleinberg, Syrah 2015 » 97 R 500  
Rall, Ava Chenin Blanc 2016 » 97 R 455  
Sadie Family, Columella 2015 » 97 R 795  
Ataraxia, Chardonnay 2016 » 96 R 265  
BLANKbottle, Kliptuin Magnum 2016 » 96 R 1,040  
Boekenhoutskloof, Noble Late Harvest 375ml 2014 » 96 R 300  
Charles Fox, Cipher 2012 » 96 R 510  
Crystallum, Bona Fide Pinot Noir 2016 » 96 R 435  
Crystallum, Clay Shales Chardonnay 2016 » 96 R 400  
David & Nadia, Aristargos 2016 » 96 R 335  
Gabriëlskloof, Cabernet Franc 2015 » 96 R 335  
Kaapzicht, The 1947 Chenin Blanc 2016 » 96 R 440  
Kanonkop, Black Label Pinotage 2015 » 96 R 1,590  
Kanonkop, Paul Sauer 2014 » 96 R 550  
Leeu Passant, Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2015 » 96 R 625  
Mullineux, Iron Syrah 2015 » 96 R 975  
Reyneke, Reserve Red 2014 » 96 R 415  
Sadie Family, Soldaat 2016 » 96 R 310  
Stark-Condé, Oude Nektar 2014 » 96 R 395  
Storm, Ignis Pinot Noir 2016 » 96 R 440  
Thorne & Daughters, Paper Kite 2016 » 96 R 295  
Tokara, Director’s Reserve Red 2013 » 96 R 415  
Uva Mira, The Single Tree Chardonnay 2015 » 96 R 525  
Vergelegen, Straw Wine 375ml 2013 » 96 R 160  
Vilafonté, Series C 2014 » 96 R 930  

 
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.


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