After launching the Cape of Good Hope wines in May 2011 Anthonij Rupert Wyne has seen a very positive response to these elegant and refined wines made from unique terroirs and old vineyards from around the country. The wines were recently rated in the November 2012 edition of Wine Spectator and received the following scores:
Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay 2010 – 91 Points
Bright and fresh, featuring a delicious core of Jonagold apple, white peach and chamomile notes harnessed by a finely beaded acidity. The long, focused finish sports a slightly chiseled edge. Should open up nicely with some cellaring. Drink now through 2015. 750 cases made. – J.M
Cape of Good Hope Van Lill and Visser Chenin Blanc 2010 – 90 Points
A crackling minerality runs through the core of pear, green plum and nectarine notes. Completed by a flash of heather on the finish, this shows fine persistence. Intriguing. Drink now through 2014. 500 cases made. – J.M
Cape of Good Hope Laing Semillon 2010 – 90 Points
Distinctive, with citrus oil and matchstick notes leading the way for bracing nectarine, tangerine and green plum fruit flavors. The finish is tinged with straw, but stays taut and minerally, holding an echo of quinine. Needs to unwind a bit more, but worth the wait. Drink now through 2013. 250 cases made. – J.M
Wine Spectator’s tasting staff includes 12 people in two offices. They work together to review more than 18,000 wines each year, more than any other publication. Together, their six senior tasters count more than 140 years of tasting experience.
They always taste wine blind in their offices in Napa and New York. Their guarantee is that their reviews are fair and objective, and that a wine’s reputation or price does not influence its score. Each editor specializes in the wines of specific regions; their initials identify the taster of each wine reviewed. They score wines using the 100-point scale, explained below.
Wine Spectator’s 100-Point Scale
85–89 Very good
50–74 Not recommended
James Molesworth Senior editor, New York
Joined Wine Spectator in 1997. Tasting beat: Bordeaux, Chile,
Finger Lakes, Loire Valley, Rhône Valley, South Africa