SA win­ery rated in Top 100

Stel­len­bosch’s DeMor­gen­zon finds favour with US’s Wine En­thu­si­ast

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IT’S BEEN a good year for South African wines in the US, with sev­eral scor­ing more than 90 points out of a pos­si­ble 100 in ex­act­ing tast­ings by pres­ti­gious US wine pub­li­ca­tions.

In ad­di­tion, Wine En­thu­si­ast in New York – the world’s largest mag­a­zine de­voted ex­clu­sively to wine and spir­its – placed Stel­len­bosch win­ery’s De Toren 2009 Fu­sion V at num­ber 27 on its list of Top 100 wines of the year.

“A lay­ered and com­plex wine, the 2009 Fu­sion V is one re­mark­able se­lec­tion that’s de­li­cious now, al­though it cer­tainly shows the stuff­ing to age well for another three to five years, at least. For­ward swee­toak notes marry har­mo­niously with black-fruit aro­mas on the nose. The ro­bust, dense palate of­fers ripe flavours of cas­sis, black­berry and plum, with ac­cents of leather, to­bacco and licorice that linger long into the fin­ish. Chewy, grip­ping tan­nins pro­vide a firm struc­ture, fram­ing the full fruit flavours,” the re­view read.

Fel­low Stel­len­bosch win­ery DeMor­gen­zon was cho­sen as one of Wine & Spir­its Mag­a­zine’s Top 100 In­ter­na­tional Winer­ies of 2014 – af­ter the panel of re­tail­ers, som­me­liers, wine­mak­ers and other wine pro­fes­sion­als tasted more than 12 000 wines in a two- step process.

Along­side winer­ies such as Krug (Cham­pagne), E. Gui­gal and Château de Beau­cas­tel (Rhone) and Fel­ton Road (New Zealand), DeMor­gen­zon is the only South African win­ery to make the Top 100 list.

Wine & Spir­its’ Top 100 Winer­ies of the Year are cho­sen as the producers that de­liv­ered the best over­all per­for­mances in the mag­a­zine’s tast­ings over the past 12 months. Founded in 1982, Wine & Spir­its Mag­a­zine is pub­lished eight times a year, and read by more than 200 000 mem­bers of the US’s wine com­mu­nity. It also has in­ter­na­tional fol­low­ers.

Another ac­co­lade for South Africa this year was Mvemve Raats MR de Com­postella 2011, which re­ceived a top score of 95 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Ad­vo­cate.

“To sum up this wine in two words: world class. Ig­nore at your own risk. I hope that my praise of Bruwer Raats and Mzokhona Mvemve’s as­tound­ing MR de Com­postella helps put this wine on the map,” Neal Martin of Wine Ad­vo­cate said.

Other South African wines that scored top points this year in­clude:

● Kanonkop Paul Saur 2009, which scored 92 points from Wine Spec­ta­tor and Wine Ad­vo­cate.

● Thelema Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon 2009, which Wine Spec­ta­tor scored 91 points.

● DeMor­gen­zon Chenin Blanc 2012, which re­ceived 93 points from Wine Ad­vo­cate.

Ex­plain­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of the scores, Rob Brad­shaw, pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Cape Clas­sics, said the rat­ings in the US mar­ket re­mained deeply rel­e­vant to South Africa in two ways.

“First, great scores lend cred­i­bil­ity to a cat­e­gory that the mar­ket is just get­ting to know in a mean­ing­ful way. When an ex­pert gets be­hind a wine or re­gion, it’s val­i­da­tion. In a more lu­cid sense, it can be daunt­ing to buy wine in an en­vi­ron­ment with so much noise.

“A qual­ity score helps the cus­tomer feel more se­cure about pur­chas­ing some­thing they don’t al­ready know.”

PIC­TURE: LEON LESTRADE

ON THE MAP: Sev­eral winer­ies from the Stel­len­bosch re­gion have been rated highly in the US.

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