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South African wines are grown in one of the world's most special places – with ancient soils, two oceans, soaring mountains and unparalleled natural beauty. The South African winelands are renowned for their breathtaking scenery and the wines are as full of variety as the myriad of cultures that form this Rainbow Nation.

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Tim Atkin MW's 2016 South Africa Special Report

By Admin | 15 September 2016

In his fourth annual guide to South Africa, award-winning British wine-writer and Master of Wine Tim Atkin says the 2015 vintage is “the best I’ve tasted in 26 years of writing about the country’s wines” and should be a springboard to global recognition.

"A winning combination of better viticulture, the development of new wine regions and the emergence of a young generation of wine-making talent make South Africa the most dynamic wine-producing country in the world right now,” he says. Atkin singles out Chenin Blanc, Syrah and Méthode Cap Classique wines for special praise in his 2016 report.

Benguela Cove wine estate

UK Launch of Benguela Cove Wines - and first Golf & Wine Estate

By Admin | 15 September 2016

Benguela Cove launched the UK’s first ‘golf and wine’ estate in the UK and its range of South African wines from Walker Bay, at our trade tasting,  ‘Intrepid South Africa’ which took place at Tobacco Dock in London's East End on September 8th 2016.

New events added to our events page

By Admin | 31 August 2016

September is shaping up to be 'South Africa Month' in the UK, there are so many South African tastings taking place over the next month - check out our events page here for a few highlights. 

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

So, for the third year, I have been involved in judging the Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc competition. Judging took place over two days in July. The results are out and make interesting reading. It’s always fun to see which wines made the grade, because the tasting is done totally blind, and we have no idea even which wines entered. In particular, there was one wine which some of the members of the judging panel were keen on, but which I didn’t think was good enough to make the Top 10. So I was really looking forward to finding out which one it was.

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In Jo's glass

I was recently in South Africa for Cape Wine and managed to taste several vintages of the delicious Vin de Constance from Klein Constantia. I usually opt for a sweet wine at the end of a meal instead of a pudding and The Vin de Constance is a perfect way to end a meal. It's rich and opulent with stone fruits, vanilla and a hint of spice yet it is also fresh, balanced and has a long, moreish finish. Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, highly rated both the 2011 and 2012 in his most recent report on South Africa which is available to download for £15 on timatkin.com.  

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