Tim Atkin MW’s comprehensive 2017 South Africa Special Report has revealed his classification of over 1,700 South African wines and highlighted the top-scoring wines which have received a rating of 90 points or more out of a possible 100.
This year’s report – the fifth edition – is based on his two visits to the Cape this year.
“Overall, I am extremely impressed with the quality of what I tasted in 2017,” says Tim. “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. The 2017 whites are crisp and very promising and I have included a number of these in the report. The South African wine scene has never been more exciting or more diverse.”
It gives us great pleasure to announce that no fewer than 11 wines from the Waterkloof cellar have scored 90 or more this year! They are:
Seriously Cool Chenin Blanc 2016: 90
Circumstance Cabernet Franc 2015: 90
Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc 2016: 91
Circumstance Chardonnay 2016: 91
Circle of Life Red 2014: 92
Astraeus Reserve: 92
Seriously Cool Cinsault 2016: 92
Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc 2016: 93
Circumstance Chenin Blanc 2016: 93
Circumstance Syrah 2015: 93
Circumstance Mourvèdre 2015: 94
Congratulations to Nadia, Christiaan and the winemaking team on these excellent results! The full report is available for sale via www.timatkin.com/reports.