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Tim Atkin MW, South Africa 2018 Special Report

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Tim Atkin MW, South Africa 2018 Special Report

In the seventh edition of Tim Atkin MW’s annual South Africa Special Report 2018, Tim scores nearly 2,000 wines across his 250 page report, including 12 wines from the Hallgarten portfolio.


93 Points - Olifantsberg, Grenache Blanc, Breedekloof 2016

“Another cracking white release from Olifantsberg, this Grenache Blanc was only planted in 2013 on soils with lots of quartz and shale. It’s a tight, stony, peppery white with lovely greengage and quince fruit and some subtle aromatic spice.”


92 Points - Lismore, Cape South Coast, Age of Grace Viognier 2017

“Age of Grace is made with purchased fruit, but still shows Sam O’Keefe’s assured touch with the variety. Creamy, leesy and subtly wooded, it’s soft and quite forward with ginger spice and apricot flavours complemented by underlying acidity.”


91 Points - Groot Constantia, Constantia, Sauvignon Blanc 2017

“Groot Constantia is predominantly a red wine farm, but its Sauvignon Blanc is always worth buying. Lightly wooded, with 7% Semillon in the mix, it has good palate weight, notes of grapefruit and green herbs and a tangy finish.”


92 Points - Lismore, Cape South Coast, Pinot Noir 2017

“Now into its second vintage, Lismore’s blend of Elgin and Walker Bay fruit saw more whole bunch fermentation (30%) in 2017. Elegant, floral and savoury, it has charming rose petal and wild strawberry notes and some underlying spicy grip.”


90 Points - Groot Constantia, Gouverneur’s Reserve Red, Constantia 2015

“Groot is a warmer site than neighbouring Klein Constantia, which is how it can ripen red Bordeaux varieties successfully. This is Cabernet Sauvignon based, with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and a little Petit Verdot. Firm, grassy and herbal with well-handled oak and a tangy, tart finish.”


90 Points - Olifantsberg, Breedekloof, Pinotage 2017

“Picked from one of the lower and - to me - less interesting blocks on the farm, this is still a very well made Pinotage that’s light and refreshing in a Gamay style, with whole berry fermentation and floral summer pudding fruit.”


93 Points - Groot Constantia, Grand Constance, Constantia 2015

“Ambitiously priced - partly, I suspect, to compete with Vin de Constance - this has a pinkish hue because of the presence of 30% Red Muscat in the blend. With well-integrated 180 grams of sugar, it’s an intense, raisin, peach and orange marmalade-like sticky with an appealing volatile lift.”


And a few not yet in stock to get excited about:


94 Points - Lismore Chardonnay Reserve 2017 (future vintage)

“Sam O’Keefe’s Reserve all comes from her picturesque estate in Greyton and is an impressive wine in 2017. The wood needs time to integrate, but the fruit is tangy and bright, all citrus peel and grapefruit, with undertones of pear and passion fruit.”


94 Points - Olifantsberg Blanc 2017 (future vintage)

“The Chardonnay has gone from this blend in 2017, leaving mostly Roussanne with Grenache Blanc and Chenin Blanc. And what a wine this is from Elizma Visser: tight, stony and focused, with fynbos aromas, pear and citrus peel notes and perfectly integrated oak.” 


93 Points - Lismore Barrel-Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (future vintage)

“Now a blend of fruit from Greyton and Walker Bay, this wood and concrete egg-fermented Sauvignon is rich and leesy, with notes of passion fruit and jasmine and tangy, saline acidity adding freshness and zip.”


93 Points - Lismore Chardonnay 2016 (future vintage)

“This is the first release of a Lismore Chardonnay that combines fruit from Greyton and Elandskloof, with the acidity and minerality of the latter to the fore here. The oak is a little assertive, but this is a fine, focused Chardonnay with crunchy, mouth-watering freshness.”


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