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Tonnellerie Saint Martin Pinot Noir Report 2018

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In conjunction with Tonnellerie Saint Martin, Winemag.co.za is pleased to release the second annual Pinot Noir Report. There were 36 entries from 26 producers for this year’s competition and we included two examples of Burgundy as ringers.

The line-up was tasted blind (labels out of sight) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

Wines to rate 90 or higher were as follows:

93
Creation The Art of Pinot Noir 2015 – BEST WINE OVERALL

93
Iona 2013 – Cybercellar price: R319
Buy This Wine93
Kershaw Elgin Clonal Selection 2017

93
Stonebird 2016

93
Sutherland Elgin 2015 – Cybercellar price: R160
Buy This Wine92
Elgin Vintners 2016

92
Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2015

91
Bosman Family Vineyards Upper Hemel en Aarde Valley 2017

91
David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner 2016 – Cybercellar price: R215
Buy This Wine90
Creation The Art of Pinot Noir 2016

90
Donkiesbaai 2017

90
Harmand-Geoffroy Gevrey-Chambertin 2015

90
Nitida 2016 – Cybercellar price: R185
Buy This Wine90
Shannon Vineyards Rockview Ridge 2017

As producer of the best wine overall, Creation won a new barrel of their choice from Tonnellerie Saint Martin.

To read the tasting report in full, download the following: Tonnellerie Saint Martin Pinot Noir Report 2018

To view a photo album of the awards function, CLICK HERE.

2 COMMENTS

  1. A numer of respectable wines, and good to see that the panel regarded a dozen as excellent to outstanding. But so many notable absentees! Bouchard Finlayson, Crystallum, Hamilton Russell, Meerlust, Newton Johnson, Paul Cluver… Can we know why these benchmarks weren’t included in the report?

  2. Hi Top Wine SA, Entries for any of our Reports is at a cost of R862.50. We were obviously disappointed that the line-up was so incomplete this year but we accept that participation is entirely at the discretion of producers. There must be quite a bit of “ratings fatigue” at the moment but we would humbly suggest that those you mention could afford to be a little more brave and adventurous. As much as our Reports involve scoring, they are also an investigation of the state of any particular category. They also involve blind tasting whereas so many other takes on the SA wine scene do not.

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