What’s a point either way on the 100-point wine rating scale? With news having broken on Twitter last week that Tim Atkin MW has scored the David & Nadia Sadie Old Bush Vines Authentic Series Hoë Steen Chenin Blanc 2015 98 points in his upcoming 2016 SA Report, it seems local wine has crossed a new threshold of quality.
I also consider this wine to be pretty special rating it 96 points (see here) but then Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2015 and Radio Lazarus 2015 from Alheit Vineyards and The Old Vine Series ‘T Voetpad 2015 from Eben Sadie among recent releases have got the same. The question then becomes how good does any wine have to be to warrant a higher rating and I think I’ve just come across it in the form of The Old Vine Series Skurfberg 2015.
From Olifantrivier Chenin Blanc vineyards planted between 1940 and 1955, the wine has a gorgeous nose of pear, apple, white peach and dried herbs. The palate displays exceptionally pure fruit and great freshness before a long and pithy finish. Extraordinarily direct in the sense of the fruit of a great site in a great vintage beautifully interpreted by the winemaker. The Skurfberg 2015 joins the 2005 and 2006 vintages of Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest as the wines with the highest ratings ever on this site. Wine Cellar price: R235 a bottle.
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