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Tim Atkin MW South Africa Special Report 2017

This has become a really popular feature in the last couple of years. I was able to taste 125 of Tim's top scoring wines -95 points or more last week, and I was blown away. It was a fabulous tasting, showing huge quality, diversity, regionality and given the high quality largely very fair prices. The whites were largely stunning, the reds slightly more mixed but some exceptional wines none more so than Tim's wine of the year the incredible Beeslar Pinotage. We will be adding more wines to this offer as they become available, I have tried almost all of them and am only including the wines I really rated too (which was about 90-95% of them!). You can argue and nit-pick about scores, but these are wines that show just how far South Africa has come in the last 10 years.
I cannot recommend these highly enough. Wines are available by the bottle, and get to £500 and you get 10% off, or by the 6 pack, which are all discounted by about 10%. Please do keep checking back, and look out for offers on other top wineries such as Sadie in the near future. And please do try the Donovan Rall wines which are the best yet, and that's saying something !!!

Alheit Vineyards 'Cartology' Chenin Blanc-Semillon 2016

South Africa

We have a smaller than usual allocation of this wine which has just arrived.
One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"On account of the heat wave, 2016 produced the smallest amount of Cartology (69 barrels) since 2013. Early picked for freshness, it’s a spicy, complex, naturally fermented blend of Chenin with 11% Semillon, showing stony minerality and notes of aniseed, beeswax and citrus peel. 2018-24 95pts" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report
Also available under bond.

Retail price £35.00 Per bottle

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Anthonij Rupert Cape of Good Hope 'Van Lill & Visser' Chenin Blanc 2016

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"Combining fruit from two of the best growers on Citrusdal Mountain, this is a stunning Chenin Blanc that uses oak sparingly to allow the stony, appley, bracingly refreshing fruit to express itself. Every bit as good as the best whites from Vouvray and Savennières, it’s a world class wine. 2018-26 95pts"
Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report
Very limited.

Retail price £17.99 Per bottle

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Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2015

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year.
"For the first time ever in 2015, this top end Semillon didn’t include any Sauvignon Blanc because “it didn’t need it”, according to Marc Kent. Beeswax, grapefruit and fresh herb flavours dominate the palate, embellished by subtle wood and a whisper of passion fruit. 2017-23 94pts" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £28.99 Per bottle

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Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2015

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"Released for the first time as a Swartland Syrah, with fruit taken from the Goldmine and Porseleinberg vineyards, this sees 10% whole bunches and is a remarkable wine: plush and rich, with notes of roasted meat, lavender and incense, dense colour tannins and a twist of pepper spice. 2019-27 96pts"
Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £40.95 Per bottle

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Boschkloof 'Epilogue' Syrah 2015

South Africa

"Reenen Borman says this is the “easiest wine to make because the grapes are so good” and what a site this is. Dense, grippy and wonderfully perfumed with layers of Asian spices, subtle whole bunch characters, refined oak and remarkable depth. Now established as one of the Cape’s great Syrahs. 2020-30" 97 Points Tim Atkin MW (= second highest scoring red)

Retail price £39.95 Per bottle

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Bouchard-Finlayson 'Kaaimansgat' Chardonnay 2015

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"Sometimes you just have to put your hand up and admit that you got something wrong. Retasting this wine a year after I first rated it, it has evolved and developed considerable complexity. Sourced from one of the Cape’s best Chardonnay sites, it’s mineral and taut, with lovely floral and citrus notes and subtle, creamy lees. 2017-22 95pts"
Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £16.95 Per bottle

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Constantia Glen 'Two' 2016

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"Picking the Sauvignon Blanc early was a good decision in 2016, giving this blend with 30% Semillon real zip and freshness. Creamy lees, green herbs, stylish oak and a long, smoky, gunflinty finish make this the best release yet from Constantia Glen. 2017-21 95pts" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Cracking new wine from the lovely high altitude Constantia region it's a barrel aged blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon. 25% new French oak.
Perfumed on the nose with citrus, peach, herbaceous notes and some nutty oak.
Textured on the palate with lots going on, peach, citrus -grapefruit and mandarin, some herbaceous characters and creamy nutty oak. Long and complex, it's one of those lovely wines that changes in the glass and as you drink it. Sure to be a versatile food wine, from smoked salmon to richer white meat dishes.

Retail price £19.95 Per bottle

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Crystallum 'Bona Fide' Pinot Noir 2016

South Africa

"Bona Fide comes from the Vrede vineyard, where Hannes Storm also buys Pinot Noir fruit, and is the most structured of the Crystallum Pinots, despite the young age of the vines, seeing 50% whole bunches and 20% new oak. Rich, textured and spicy with real va-va-voom. 96 pts" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £37.99 Per bottle

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Crystallum 'Clay Shales' Chardonnay 2016

South Africa

"One of a number of outstanding Chardonnays produced on the Hemel en Aarde Ridge, albeit from youngish vines, this foudre-aged white is a revelation in 2016. Rich, spicy and compact, showing understated oak, some baking spices and impressive palate length. 96 pts " Tim Atkin MW South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £31.99 Per bottle

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Crystallum 'Cuvée Cinema' Pinot Noir 2016

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"Picked earlier than his other Pinots as a rule, Cuvée Cinéma comes from the Hemel en Aarde Ridge and sees 30% whole bunches. Tangy, refreshing and well balanced, with floral aromas, subtle oak, some pepper spice and acidity that lifts the finish. 2018-25" 95 pts Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2017

Retail price £37.99 Per bottle

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Crystallum 'Mabalel' Pinot Noir 2016

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's wines of the year.
"Sourced from a single, high altitude site in the Overberg (Elandskloof), where Peter-Allan Finlayson also sources some of his Chardonnay from, this is elegant, delicate and flora, with racy acidity, fine tannins and a core of succulent fruit sweetness. 2018-24" 95pts Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £37.99 Per bottle

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David & Nadia Sadie 'Aristargos' 2016

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"From 12 vineyards and five varieties - Chenin with Roussanne, Clairette, Viognier and Semillon - this comes mostly from granite soils and is like a distillation of the Paardeberg. Leesy, smoky and flinty, with notes of oatmeal, stone fruit and vanilla spice, it’s wonderfully assured and light on its feet. 2018-24 96pts" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £28.49 Per bottle

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David & Nadia Sadie Grenache 2016

South Africa

"The Sadies’ exceptional Grenache comes from three vineyards - one on clay and two on granite - and is aged in larger oak. Spicy and complex, with wild strawberry flavours, plenty of tannic grip, bright acidity and a long, mineral-edged finish. 2018-24 94 pts" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £34.95 Per bottle

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De Morgenzon 'Maestro Blue' 2015

South Africa

"2015 is the first vintage of this excellent, Mediterranean style blend of mostly Grenache with Mourvèdre, Syrah and Durif. Smooth, spicy and voluptuous, it has understated wood, aromatic red and black fruits and a bit of grip from the 6% Durif on the finish. Very promising. 2019-25 94 pts"
Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £18.75 Per bottle

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DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016

South Africa

International Wine Challenge 2017 South African Trophy, Chenin Blanc Trophy
One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"Produced from a wonderful array of slopes and aspects, the DeMorgenzon Chenin is a brilliantly complex wine: exotic yet refreshing, viscous yet bone dry, rich yet restrained. The oak is very well done here, folded into the layers of the wine. Outstanding winemaking. 2018-24 95ots" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £27.49 Per bottle

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Fable Mountain Vineyards 'Jackal Bird' 2014

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"Combining mostly Chenin Blanc with Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier and Chardonnay, this is a remarkable, naturally fermented white blend. Apple, greengage, pear and peach are embellished by spicy oak and thrilling acidity. 2017-19 95pts" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £19.95 Per bottle

Buy now Case Qty: 6 Case Price: £109.00 (£18.17 per bottle)

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Gabrielskloof The Landscape Series Cabernet Franc 2015

South Africa

"So good that I had to buy some myself, this is a stunning varietal Cabernet Franc that used to go into Five Arches but was bottled on its own for the first time in 2015. The quintessence of the variety, with heady scents of violet and graphite, leafy, cut grass notes, silky tannins, fine oak and a finish that lingers on the tongue. 2018-25. 96 points" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report
Red Wine Discovery of The Year

Retail price £31.99 Per bottle

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Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2016

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"The subtle changes that winemaker Emul Ross is making to the Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir, allied to some replanting of virused blocks, is bearing fruit. For me, this is the best recent vintage of the wine, showing fine, perfumed red berry aromas, subtle oak, some whole bunch spice, savoury, compact tannins and impressive concentration. 2019-24 95pts"
Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £32.99 Per bottle

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Kaapzicht 'The 1947' Chenin Blanc 2016

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"Right up there with the best Cape Chenins in 2016, this is a thing of beauty and stunning complexity. Danie Steytler’s touch is very gentle here, producing a magical combination of old vine fruit, minerality, lees and subtle oak. Racy and focused, with tangerine, pear tart and sweet spices. 2018-26 96pts Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £40.00 Per bottle

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Ken Forrester 'The FMC' Chenin Blanc 2015

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"“What a vintage!” says Ken Forrester of 2015. This just off-dry Chenin has certainly delivered in this top year, showing, rich, spicy nutmeg and vanilla notes, a little honey, vanilla toast, refreshing acidity and balletic poise. An iconic wine on great form. 2018-23 95pts"
Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £28.95 Per bottle

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Lismore Reserve Chardonnay 2016

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year.
"Bravo to Lismore for the quality of this first Reserve Chardonnay, all made with fruit from the farm in Greyton. This has sufficient power and concentration to cope with the 40% new wood, supported by acidity and real focus. Sappy, structured and intense, with classic, quasi- Burgundian notes of struck match. 2018-23 95 pts" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £28.49 Per bottle

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Lismore Syrah 2016

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"The 2015 has sold out so quickly that Sam O’Keefe is already on to the 2016, which is every bit as good and less funky. Bloody, rich and stony, this is focused, concentrated and well balanced, showing a lick of new oak, dark, brooding fruit flavours and a twist of white pepper. 2019-26 95pts"
Tim Atkins South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £28.99 Per bottle

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Newton Johnson 'Family Vineyards' Pinot Noir 2016

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"Made up of mostly Windansea, with 25% each of Seadragon and Mrs M, this “expresses all of the soils of the farm”, according to Gordon Newton Johnson, and is a superb Pinot. Leafy, complex and spicy, with evident whole bunch flavours, fine tannins and a sweet finish. 2018-28 95pts"
Tim Atkins South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £28.99 Per bottle

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Paul Cluver 'Seven Flags' Chardonnay 2016

South Africa

Decanter World Wine Award 2017 Platinum Best in Show 'Best Chardonnay'
"Refined and elegant, the nose shows complex notes of white peach, lemon and dill. Full and intense with a core of rich fruit, smoke and vanilla, the finish is delicious with mineral tautness." 95 points

Retail price £38.95 Per bottle

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Paul Cluver 'Seven Flags' Pinot Noir 2015

South Africa

International Wine Challenge 2017
Elgin Pinot Noir Trophy,
South African Pinot Noir Trophy,
South African Red Trophy
"Scented, pure and transparent, with wild strawberry and cherry. Pert, with cherry stones, dried herbs and filigree tannins. A lovely wine."

Retail price £38.95 Per bottle

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Porseleinberg Syrah 2015

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year and = top scoring Syrah.
"Sometimes you have to remind yourself how recently this amazing site was planted, making its first wine in 2011. But what a wine this is. If it grown in the Rhône, it would sell for twice the price or more. It’s the Cornas of the Cape: compact, savoury and deeply coloured, with layers of dark, inky fruit, spicy tannins and a combination of freshness and understated power. 2020-32 97 pts" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £57.99 Per bottle

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Rall 'Ava' Chenin Blanc 2016

South Africa

Tim Atkin's 'White Wine Discovery of The Year"
"What a brilliant début. Sourced from 20-year-old bush vines on schist soils, it manages to be hugely concentrated without excessive alcohol. Savoury, saline and chiselled on the palate, like licking a stone. Lightly honeyed, with some tarte tatin notes, this is remarkably long and vivacious. 2018-26 97 points" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report
Pre Arrival Offer Price. Stock Due Jan/Feb 2018 Very Limited

Retail price £40.00 Per bottle

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Rall Cinsault 2016

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"Cinsaut makes some very enjoyable wines in the Cape, but it rarely aspires to greatness. This wine does. Produced from 1982 plantings in the warmer part of Darling, it has some structure from partial whole bunch fermentation, scented summer berry aromas and more tannin than you think. 2018-24 95pts" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £23.99 Per bottle

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Rall Red Blend Syrah-Grenache 2015

South Africa

The Rall red blend is a cuvée of mostly Syrah (from the Mullineux’ Roundstone property) with Grenache and a little Cinsaut. Aged in old wood, it has 50% whole bunches and plenty of acidity and structure. Dense and quite firm, with savoury, peppery tannins, it needs more time in bottle. 2019-27 94pts"
Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £26.49 Per bottle

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Rall White Blend 2016

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"Donovan Rall’s white weighed in at its lowest ever alcohol level in 2016, purely because of the early date of the harvest. It’s a stunning blend of Chenin Blanc with some Verdelho, Viognier and Chardonnay, with pear, peach and white flower notes, understated wood, racy acidity and a savoury undertone. 2018-23 95pts" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £25.49 Per bottle

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Solms Delta Heritage Collection 'Amalie' 2015

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"Reduced from six to four grapes in 2015 - Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Roussanne and Verdelho - this felicitous cuvée has made remarkable strides under Hagen Viljoen. A seamless blend with understated oak, this is pithy, leesy and focused, with lime, pear and greengage flavours and some structure from partial skin contact. 2018-21 95pts" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £18.50 Per bottle

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Stellenrust '52' Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2016

South Africa

Platter's South African Wine Guide 2018 5*
One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year.
"52 is the age of the vineyard, rather than the number of barrels, so this is the follow up to the 51. Grown on deep red, iron-rich soils, this has less botrytis than the 2015 release, subtle (16% new) wood, a core of stone fruit sweetness, remarkable texture and depth and impressive palate length. 2018-24 95 pts"
Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £18.75 Per bottle

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Tokara 'Director's Reserve' 2013

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"Consistently among the best Bordeaux red blends in South Africa, this combines 67% Cabernet Sauvignon with lesser amounts of Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Serious, modern and stylish, with mint, cigarbox and graphite notes, fine-grained tannins and scented oak. 2018-27 96pts" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report

Retail price £28.49 Per bottle

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Vilafonté 'Series C' 2014

South Africa

One of Tim Atkin's Wines of The Year
"Cabernet rules the blend here - hence C - with support from Merlot, Malbec and a splash of Cabernet Franc. This is a dense, serious, stylish, age worthy cuvée that deserves its cult following. Structured, spicy and winningly oaked, with a core of refreshing black fruit. 2019-26 96pts" Tim Atkin South Africa 2017 Special Report.

Retail price £54.95 Per bottle

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