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TIM ATKIN SOUTH AFRICA 2015 Special Report

 

In his third annual guide to Cape wine, Tim Atkin MW, hails South Africa as the most dynamic and exciting winemaking country in the New World.

Every year, winemakers eagerly await the results of Tim Atkin's report which along with its rankings, offers scores for over 1000 wines and more than 700 detailed tasting notes for wines that scored above 90 points.

 

"This is very loosely based on the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, with six different bands (first, second, third, fourth and fifth growths and a group of crus bourgeois), although quality rather than price is the only criterion I used. My 2015 classification is a snapshot of the Cape wine industry. Mindful that a critic should attempt to reward talent, irrespective of a long track record in some cases, I have chosen my favourite producers, rather than parroted the opinions of others. Track records can be overrated in my view. Some of my classified producers have only made one or two vintages – Beeslaar, Thorne & Daughters, Smiley, Patatsfontein, The Blacksmith, Storm and Fram, for example – but I think that’s irrelevant. Time may prove me wrong, but I think that these wineries will help to define the Cape wine industry over the next quarter of a century." As extracted from Tim Atkin's website

 

Here's the full list for reference and we are proud that 5 of our wineries have made the list. 

 

First Growths      - AA Badenhorst , Sadie Family 

Second Growths - Newton Johnson

Third Growths   - DeMorgenzon

Crus Bourgeois   - Groot Constantia