- Wir über uns
Britain's Tim Atkin, one of the country's most outspoken wine journalists, has published a comprehensive report on South Africa's wines, some weeks ago. In this report he compiled a list of wineries which, in his opinion, are the country's best. Already, when I came across his piece for the first time, I was quite disappointed, because number of wineries which I - and many other experts - considered to be among the best, did not show up or received rather poor ratings. Among them were De Trafford, De Toren, Reyne
cke, Ernie Els, Scali, Glenelly, Sadie Family, Kleinood, Crystallum, Mullineux or Rickety B, out of which only Sadie and Mullineux had received a very favourable rating in Tim's list.
The list, on the other hand, featured some producer's names, whose wines I had not or only in small numbers tasted before. I therefore asked WOSA, the South African export organization, to send me some of these wines for a tasting, a request was immediately accepted. Among the 15 different wines which I gratefully received some weeks later, I found some marvellous whites, whereas the reds were quite a bit below my expectations. All in all, my feeling was confirmed that british tasters very often judge according to organoleptic preferences which seem very little compatible to what we like in Continental Europe. More important yet was the fact that this tasting did not deliver any substantial reason why I should have redesigned my own list of South Africa's best. Perhaps Rall could show up on this list, one day, and certainly Cape Point has made considerable progress since my last tastings. Whch, in the end, is quite a reassuring result, isn't it?
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|*****||Rall Wines - 1 aa, Swartland Syrah - Grenache 2011|
|*****||Cape Point Vineyards - Fish Hoek, Cape Point Sauvignon blanc 2012|
|*****||Rall Wines - 1 aa, Coastal Region White 2012|
|**** +||Iona Wines - 7160 Grabouw, Elgin One Man Band 2008|
|**** +||Lemberg Wine Estate - 6820 Tulbagh, Tulbagh Lady 2012|
|**** +||Opstal Estate - Carl Everson - 6845 Rawsonville, Slanghoek Chenin blanc Opstal estate 2012|
|****||Arendsig Hand Crafted Wines - 6705 Robertson, Goudini Chenin blanc Inspirational Batch I 2012|
|****||Iona Wines - 7160 Grabouw, Elgin Chardonnay 2012|
|****||Savage Wines - Duncan Savage - 1 aa, Western Cape White 2012|
|****||Cape Point Vineyards - Fish Hoek, Cape Point Isleidh 2012|
|****||Champagne Jacquart - 51057 Reims, Champagne Cuvée alpha Brut 2005|
|****||Lemberg Wine Estate - 6820 Tulbagh, Tulbagh Spencer 2011|
|*** +||Savage Wines - Duncan Savage - 1 aa, Western Cape Red 2011|
|***||David Wines - David & Nadia Sadie - 1 aa, Swartland Aristargos 2012|
|***||David Wines - David & Nadia Sadie - 1 aa, Swartland Elpidios 2011|