”Six wines score 92 or more including two rated 95/100”


Two Spioenkop wines – the newly released Spioenkop Sarah RaalChenin Blanc2016 and the Spioenkop Riesling 2016 – have scored an impressive 95/100 points in the Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Report.


Four other wines by Spioenkop’s owner and winemaker Koen Roose also performed well in the 2017 Report with the SpioenkopJohanna Brandt Chenin Blanc 2016 and the Spioenkop Pinotage 2016 both scoring 94 points and the Spioenkop Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Spioenkop 1900 Pinotage 2016 scoring 93.


In June and July of this year, award-winning British wine-writer and Master of Wine Tim Atkin tasted nearly 1700 South African wines with the results published this week. The internationally respected Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale describes any wine that is scored between 95 and 100 as “a classic” and “a great wine”. A wine rated between 90 and 94 is “outstanding” and “a wine of superior character and style”.


Says Roose: “I am delighted with the result. I entered my wines to introduce them to those who understand the future of making fine dining styles of wine that reflect the region they come from. Tim Atkin is such a person and I believe that he not only gives points on the style, but he also listens to the stories behind the wines and considers the passion with which the winemaker creates his product.


“Atkin understands those who push the envelope further to create unique, small batch varietals rather than the mass-produced ones that sell cheaply and quickly but have no soul or structure. I try to make wine with a unique DNA structure that runs through the Elgin valley where my grapes are grown,” he concludes.


Says Atkin on the calibre of this year’s South African wines: “Overall, I am extremely impressed with the quality of what I tasted in 2017. The 2015 vintage, as we know, was spectacular, but, in the right hands, the much more challenging 2016 harvest has yielded much better wines than I anticipated. This year I was again delighted to discover some exciting new names alongside established performers. The South African wine scene has never been more exciting or more diverse.”


The Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Report report is available at www.timatkin.com


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