It was with some measure of anticipation that we awaited the report of the wine industry’s leading authority Tim Atkins’ annual review of South African wines. It was finally released on day one of this year’s Cape Wine 2018. It is with great pride that we now are able to announce that the Van Lill & Visser Chenin blanc 2017 scored an impressive 95 points.
For your information and further clarification, Tim Atkin is a British Master of Wine as well as an accomplished, widely-travelled commentator. For 2018 thus far, Tim has already made two trips to South Africa. His 2018 South Africa Special Report, encompassing a formidable 250 pages, is the product of these trips. He has also done subsequent tastings in the UK and Germany.
With reference to the Van Lill and Visser Chenin blanc 2017, our winemaker Mark van Buuren highlighted some outstanding qualities of this exceptional wine: enticing fruit aromas of nectarine and peach, accompanied by hints of honeyed almonds, all of which follow on to the palate, subtly supported by nuances of green melon. It is interesting to note that bright, vivid acid lifts the broad palate and therefore the wine is fresh and vibrant, with a hint of subtle pithy lemon zest. The aftertaste is enticing and lingering, this mainly engendered by the weight and concentration of the fruit.
In addition to the achievement of Van Lill and Visser, we take extraordinary pleasure to announce that seven of our other wines in the Anthonij Rupert Wyne portfolio scored an excellent 90+ in the Tim Atkin report, namely:
Anthonij Rupert Cabernet Franc 2012 (90 points)
Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (93 points)
Cape of Good Hope Laing Semillon 2016 (94 points)
Cape of Good Hope Riebeeksrivier Caroline 2015 (92 points)
Cape of Good Hope Riebeeksrivier Chenin Blanc 2017 (90 points)
Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay 2016 (91 points)
L’Ormarins Blanc de Blancs 2013 (92 points)