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WINE SPECTATOR RATES SOUTH AFRICAN WINES

The influential wine magazine Wine Spectator has recently
had a word or two to say about the quality of South African Wine and it was encouraging  news !

Of the 475 wines reviewed nearly a quarter of them earned ratings of 90 points or higher out of 100 on the
Wine Spectator scale which is an improvement on the previous year’s results.

Another 250 wines received scores of between 85-89 points For the first time ever a non -red led the way!
Klein Constantia”s  Vin de Constance 2006 received 95 points, only the 5th South African wine to do so

.  The red wines still dominate with Cabernet Sauvignon and blends at the forefront. Among the wineries to feature in this category were  Ernie Els with his Stellenbosch Signature 2007 receiving 93 points,Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch 2008 93 points, LÓrmarins Anthonij Rupert 2007 also 93 points.

In total of the 80 Cabernet and blends  tasted 25 of them scored 90 points or more.

Special mention must be made of De Trafford Winery in Stellenbosch  where all 7 of their wines entered received over 90 points ! A truly outstanding achievement from David and his team !
Also Reyneke Wines who received 90 points and more for  5 of the 6 wines entered for tasting.  Starke
Conde
situated in the Jonkershoek Valley ( known locally as Cab valley  ! ) also recieved over 90 points for all 4 of their wines entered Nick Gebers of Post House wines  got  over the 90 point mark for two of his three wines entered for tasting.

Of the  Syrahs  and Rhone style reds  the wine spectator agrees the they are well priced and worth exploring.
The Cape Winemakers have only recently within the last 10 years  started to take the Rhone varieties seriously and the planting of these grapes is on the rise.

The white wine varietals are firmly established with Chardonnay and Sauvignon  Blanc excelling in the ratings with the cool climate regions coming to the fore in this category.  Wineries such as Hamilton Russel  ,Ataraxia from the Hemel en Aarde region of Hermanus  Buitenverwachting, Cape Point Vineyards, Paul Cluver, De Morgenzon, DeWetshof,Glen Carlou and Jardin feature in this category.

Chenin Blanc  is South Africa’s  signature grape  with more hectares planted to this variety than any other.
It’s resistance to the leaf roll virus and  versatility made it the “go to grape “duringt he lean apartheid years and today a variety of options are available for tasting . From the dry  versions, A.ABadenhorst,  De Morgenzon and Ken Forrester received  92 points with top honors going to the sweet version produced by De Trafford
Straw Wine Stellenbosch 2008 at 93 points

The Wine Spectator believes that with the rising quality,expanding diversity  and  plenty of value , South African wine has everything going for it .

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