Tim Atkin MW is the world’s leading expert on South African wine, each year tasting his way through all their wines to write his South Africa Special Report. He has recently been exploring some classic and off the beaten track varietals from one of South Africa’s leading producers KWV. The Mentors is a range of limited production wines which focus on terroir and climate. Alongside the core range, winemaker Izele Van Blerk and her team have the enviable freedom of pursuing innovative new varietals and blends.
“Izelle van Blerk is one of my favourite Cape winemakers. She’s passionate, funny, talented and never afraid to take risks. I’m really looking forward to tasting these three wines with her and talking about all things South Africa, even rugby if I’m forced to”
On 3rd December Tim will be joining the winemaking team for a virtual tasting of three of the wines from their range. See his tasting notes below for the wines that you can enjoy with him…
2019 The Mentors Chenin Blanc, Coastal Region
Barrel fermented and lees aged, this stylish, pithy Chenin Blanc marries fruit from Paarl and the Swartland. Beeswax and baking spice flavours of cinnamon and nutmeg embellish the layered green apple and citrus fruit flavours, with the promise of more to come in bottle.
2017 The Mentors Petit Verdot, Stellenbosch
The equally impressive 2016 release included some fruit from Robertson, but this is pure Stellenbosch, made with fruit from parcels planted in 1997 and 2014. Bold, plush and polished, it has violet, cassis and blackberry fruit, structured tannins and effortless concentration.
2018 The Mentors Limited Edition Petite Sirah, Paarl
This smoky, muscular Petite Sirah hails from a 0.93-hectare site on Paarl Mountain, planted as recently as 2014. Meaty, firm and inky with damson and black fig flavours and layers of chewy tannins and 70% new wood. Has softened over the last six months.
Every year Tim writes the definitive in-depth report on South African wine and said about South African wines:
“Despite the well-publicised challenges it faces, South Africa is making the best wines in its history. Over the decade I’ve been writing these reports, it has been a delight to see the general improvements in quality and the tentative emergence of a South African fine wine sector.”
and of KWV:
“KWV now boasts one of the best viticultural and winemaking teams in the industry”
To book a place at the virtual tasting on 3rd December please click here.