Tim Atkin MW launches 7th SA Report
Following a 3-month aspirational campaign, Going Places, it was written in the stars that Benguela Cove would be rewarded for their tenacity to succeed. This photo campaign depicted Benguela Cove wines being enjoyed in different places, portraying it as an excellent and accessible choice to various consumer markets. It was concluded with Benguela Cove’s continued efforts to go places when they won five regional trophies and two national champions in the SA National Young Wine Show.
The 7th annual Tim Atkin report mirrored this success with four Benguela Cove wines scooping 90+ points. The Benguela Cove Catalina Semillon 2018 (not released yet) followed in the success of its maiden vintage 2017, and scored 94 points. The Bordeaux Blend, Collage 2017, scored 91 points, a consistent achiever above 90. The artisan range, Vinography, was awarded 90 points for its Chardonnay 2018 and 93 points for its Sauvignon Blanc, both due to be released in April 2020.
It is great news for the South African wine industry in general that qualified palates are paying attention to the most intricate detail of a wine: where the vines grow, how they are treated in the cellar and how well it’s been executed by the winemaker.
Of the 2 118 wines tasted, Tim Atkin MW rated 161 wines 95-plus on the 100-point quality scale compared to 1 986 wines tasted in 2018 and 160 wines scoring 95+ points. Tim Atkin: “I look at South African wines in a global context, and I hope that my report helps to highlight the fantastic quality and diverse styles that South Africa can offer. Johann Fourie is a talented winemaker.” Judging by Atkin’s report, SA Bordeaux-style wines remains a category to keep an eye on with stellar white wines like Semillon rising to the top.
Samarie Smith - Brand Business Manager
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