Harpers hails South African wines

Date posted:
June 29, 2009

In a recent issue, Harpers Wine & Spirit turned the spotlight onto South African wines … and the tasting panel was overwhelmed by the diversity offered by local wine producers.


An independent panel consisting of wine media and experts tasted a selection of wines in the £6 - £20 price category.


The panel was impressed with South African winemakers' capability to cross the borders between New and Old World styles and the country's ability to excel in a broad range of white and red varietals. Overall, the panel suggested that local winemakers' exploration of the real potential of the country is starting to bear fruit and concluded that “South Africa can offer some excellent value when compared with rival producing nations”.


The 2008 Raats Chenin Blanc was included in the panel of their best wines with four other chenin blancs. Panelist Damon Quinlan from London wine merchants SWiG described the wine as having an “interesting nose of baked apple pie with hints of honey, a crisp, dry palate with good minerality and balancing tropical notes with fresh acidity”.


According to Bruwer Raats, inclusion in this category was definitely very important.


“I think it is indicative of the international perception of South Africa as a serious wine producing region when a prestigious publication such as Harpers publishes a South African supplement. Obviously, as I produce very small quantities and every bottle needs to count, it is fantastic to be included amongst some of the bigger chenin producers such as Ken Forrester, Kleine Zalze and Bellingham,” he added.



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