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Tim Atkin South Africa Special Wine Report 2021

"What South Africa has achieved, not just since 1994, but in the nine years that I have been writing this report is truly remarkable. No other wine industry has made such strides, no other wine industry possesses such energy or excitement." - Tim Atkin 

Tim Atkin Master of WineImage credit: Wine-searcher.com

Tim Atkin, Master of Wine and wine writer of 30+ years ... but mostly importantly for us, a champion of South African wines! 

Tim has just released his 9th South African Report, summarising his review of more than 1200 wines, thanks to great effort scouring our wine lands for the quality wines we ourselves often don't get to enjoy or appreciate. Thanks to Tim's vast experience as a wine critic, amongst many more achievements within the wine and drinks industry, we look up to his ability to honestly judge the quality of our country's wines with great admiration. 

Tim Atkin South Africa 2021 Special Report

His 2021 Report can be found here, and more importantly you can taste the selection of winners available by ordering them directly from my website HERE!

Tim Atkin's 2021 Podium highlights from this year's report are summarised as follows:

Winemaker of the Year:¬†Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum and Gabri√ęlskloof

Young Winemaker of the Year: Elizma Visser of Olifantsberg

Viticulturist of the Year: Marco Ventrella of the KWV

Co-operative of the Year: Koelenhof Winery

Winemaking Legend: Charles Back of Fairview and Spice Route

Best Cellar Door Experience: Waterford Estate

Overall White Wine of the Year: 2020 Alheit Vineyards Magnetic North, Citrusdal Mountain

Overall Red Wine of the Year: 2019 Sadie Family Columella, Swartland

Overall Rosé of the Year: 2020 Bellingham Founders’ Series Quintessential Couple, Stellenbosch

Overall Sparkling Wine of the Year: Colmant Brut Absolu Zero Dosage Non-Vintage, Western Cape

Overall Sweet Wine of the Year: 2018 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance, Constantia

Overall Fortified Wine of the Year: 2004 Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve, Calitzdorp

Red Wine Discovery of the Year: 2018 Taaibosch Crescendo, Stellenbosch

White Wine Discovery of the Year: 2020 Mullineux Iron Chenin Blanc, Swartland

Best Value White of the Year: 2020 Cape Dreams Chardonnay, Robertson

Best Value Red of the Year: 2019 Mountain Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Breedekloof

Best Value Rosé of the Year: 2021 AA Badenhorst Secateurs Rosé, Piekenierskloof

Best Value Sparkling Wine of the Year: Saltare Brut Rosé Non-Vintage, Stellenbosch

Best value Sweet Wine of the Year: 2020 Joostenberg Noble Late Harvest Chenin Blanc, Paarl

Best value Fortified Wine of the Year: 2019 Du Toitskloof Red Muscadel, Breedekloof


It's fantastic to see not only some new stars being born, but also consistency amongst a few of the top performers from year to year. South African wine is definitely moving from strength to strength ... and we're lucky enough to enjoy it straight from our wine lands. 

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