Tim Atkin rates Franschhoek Vignerons among SA’s best

In the seventh annual review of South African wines by British Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, the Franschhoek Wine Valley reaffirmed its position as one of South Africa’s premier wine producing regions with no fewer than 129 wines from the valley scoring 90+ points. Of the 160 wines to be awarded 95 points or more in his 2019 Special Report, 14 were from Franschhoek Vignerons, with Mullineux Wines receiving 97 points for their 2018 Straw Wine.

Franschhoek is well-known for its diverse offerings when it comes to wine producers, which range from large to smaller estates. What is significant of this year’s report is how well smaller wine producers have done. One of these is Cape Chamonix, receiving scores of no less than 92 for eight of its wines. Furthermore, all eight wines are Wine of Origin Franschhoek. Another noteworthy estate is GlenWood Vineyards, who have been making wines since 2000 and saw four of its wines receive scores of 90+. Wildeberg, also one of the smaller farms, received 95 points for its Wildeberg White 2018 (Wine of Origin Franschhoek).

This year’s results have reaffirmed that the Franschhoek Vignerons, irrespective of their size, bring with them a wealth of knowledge to a highly competitive industry.

The full list of Vignerons to score 95+ for their exceptional wines are:

PRODUCER VINTAGE SCORE
Anthonij Rupert Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay 2017 95
Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest 2016 95
Boschendal Jean Le Long Prestige Cuvée MCC 2009 95
Le Lude Magnum Vintage Cuvée Magnum MCC 2013 95
Mullineux CWG Semillon Gris 2018 95
Mullineux Granite Syrah 2017 95
Mullineux Schist Syrah Roundstone 2017 95
Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond 2015 95
Wildeberg White 2018 95
Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2017 96
Boekenhoutskloof The Journeyman 2017 96
Boschendal Appellation Series Elgin Chardonnay 2017 96
Mullineux Iron Syrah 2017 96
Mullineux Straw Wine 2018 97

Atkin, an accomplished wine commentator, has extensive knowledge of South African wines and tasted a total of 2,115 South African wines for his 2019 Special Report during his visits to the country earlier this year. In addition to his visits, he also attended tastings in the UK by South African producers. According to Atkin the wines he listed in his report compare with the best of any other wine producing country. His excitement was further conveyed in the report when he stated that the Cape had firmly established itself as “one of the most exciting wine-producing regions on the planet”. In his opinion, this is as a result of a combination of old vines, young winemaking talent, established names, varied terroir and a “can-do” spirit.

“Having endured a challenging drought, as well as the ongoing climate change, these results from one of the industry’s most acclaimed critics reaffirms the hard work and dedication of Franschhoek’s winemaking teams, and we couldn’t be prouder right now”, says Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO, Reinher Behrens.

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