Love South African Wine? You need a copy of Tim Atkin’s South Africa 2020 report

As the world authority on South African wines, Tim Atkin MW has launched his much anticipated South Africa report this morning. He was supposed to visit three times this year to taste and write the report and with the obvious travel challenges faced this year the wines came to him instead.

After tasting 1,381 wines he awarded two a perfect 100-point score – one white and one red. A much overused term but this is unprecedented. Tim says that South Africa is making the best wines in its history and these two wines deserved it.

This year I have awarded two perfect scores of 100 points; these are only the second and third wines ever to receive this accolade (the first was Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2015, in 2018),” he says. “These remarkable, world-class wines are the 2018 Porseleinberg Syrah from the Swartland, and the 2019 Sadie Family Skurfberg Chenin Blanc from Olifants River.”

Not only that, but 23 other wines scored 97 points or higher. Chenin Blanc is the standout grape this time, with 32 Chenins scoring 95 points or more, but rarer grapes such as Colombard, Tinta Barocca and Palomino also featured among my 153 wines of the year. I salute all the winning winemakers and viticulturists for their fantastic efforts and can’t wait to see them in person again soon.”

Despite the well-publicised challenges it faces, South Africa is making the best wines in its history” says Atkin. “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, with bottles that are discussed, cellared, coveted, shared and sold at auction.

Rather than just a few individuals, what we have now is a constellation shining bright above us in the firmament, made up of more than 100 winemaking stars.”

Click here to visit timatkin.com to buy a copy of this report.