Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2017

The sixth annual Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2017 is now out. Special acknowledgements as follows: Winemakers of the year: Chris and Andrea Mullineux Young Winemaker of the year: Mark Le Roux of Wateford Winemaking Legend: Neil Ellis Overall White Wine of the Year: Sadie Family Kokerboom 2016 Overall Red Wine of the Year: […]

September 13, 2017
by Christian
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James Pietersen: SA vs Rest of World Chardonnay tasting

Last year saw the “Great Syrah Challenge” take place at Lismore Estate Vineyards in Greyton, an exercise which saw some of South Africa’s top examples of Syrah pitched against top international wines, the latter line-up put together by Tim Atkin MW. South Africa fared well (see here) and it was decided to do similar tasting […]

March 24, 2016
by James Pietersen
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KWV The Mentors Chenin Blanc 2014

“Do you agree with Tim Atkin’s scores?” was the question posed by the media release issued on behalf of KWV, many of the wines having been scored 90 points or more by the UK Master of Wine in his recent South Africa Special Report. An invitation was extended to pick any of the Mentors range […]

September 18, 2015
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: Yet more on wine scoring

Forgive me for raising the old chestnut of wines scores but there’s been a lot of chatter around the subject just recently. Some in anticipation of Tim Atkins’ SA Report that was released yesterday, some around Platter’s (the tasting panel have been at it for a while now) and some just general opinion. As expected […]

August 27, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Tim Atkin MW’s South Africa Special Report 2015 released

Tim Atkin MW has released his third annual South Africa Special Report. The publication, which runs to almost 150 pages, includes wines and winemakers of the year for the first time, these being: Winemaker of the Year: Eben Sadie of Sadie Family Wines Young Winemaker of the Year: Morné Vrey of Delaire Graff Overall White […]

August 26, 2015
by Christian
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Some thoughts on the 100-point quality scale

Is MR de Compostella 2013, the best wine overall in the recent RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards and retailing for R920 a bottle, under-scored at 92 on the 100-point quality? It may be but not by much. While day-to-day reviews on Winemag.co.za are conducted sighted, when it comes to sponsored category tastings, we do things […]

August 19, 2015
by Christian
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Oldenburg Vineyards Syrah 2012

The Syrah 2012 from Stellenbosch property Oldenburg Vineyards received a gold medal as well as being judged the best example from South Africa at the recent International Wine Challenge. High-profile UK wine critic Tim Atkin is co-chairman of this competition and he insists that gold is equivalent to at least 95 on the 100-point scale […]

July 1, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: Not one industry but two

Writing a blog on Grape about hard times for some southern hemisphere wine producers (including a South Africa which has maybe more elements of good news thrown in right now), it struck me, not for the first time, how difficult it is to make generalisations about “the  South African wine industry” – perhaps any wine […]

March 30, 2015
by Tim James
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