TIM ATKIN SOUTH AFRICAN WINE REPORT 2018
Delaire Graff Estate Retains First Growth Status For Fifth Consecutive Year
Delaire Graff Estate congratulates Winemaker, Morné Vrey, Viticulturist, Kallie Fernhout, and their teams on another resounding success in the 2018 Tim Atkin South African Report. As one of only twenty-five vineyards to achieve First Growth Status, Delaire Graff is delighted to have been placed among South Africa’s top wine estates for a fifth time.
The Tim Atkin Report is the result of an extensive tasting process in which over 1 000 South African wines are compiled into a comprehensive classification and rating system. Drawing inspiration from the original 1855 Bordeaux Classification, the Tim Atkin Report identifies the top 150 wine producers in South Africa, ranking them within the six classification tiers from First Growth to crus bourgeois.
The annual report scores wines on a 100-point scale, with scores of 90-94 the equivalent of Silver and 95 and above Gold. Delaire Graff Estate demonstrated a consistently outstanding portfolio; of the ten wines tasted, all received 91 points and over, with the Laurence Graff Reserve 2015 achieving a remarkable 96 points.
Atkin says of the Report,
‘This is my seventh report about South Africa wine. It is by far the longest I have published, based on a lot of tasting, travelling and hard work. Why do I put in the long hours, including a three-week trip in the depths of the Cape winter? The answer is because the wines, the places and especially the people inspire me. There’s something happening in South Africa that is unique in the wine world. Call it energy, call it creativity, call it optimism, call it all three. But it’s apparent to anyone who visits the Cape’
SUMMARY OF DELAIRE GRAFF ESTATE’S 2018 ACHIEVEMENTS:
First Growth Status
WINES OF THE YEAR (RED):
Delaire Graff Laurence Graff Reserve 2015
WINES OF THE YEAR (WHITE):
Delaire Graff Terraced Block Reserve Chardonnay 2017
Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve Chardonnay 2017 – 94
Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2016 – 92
Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – 92
Delaire Graff Laurence Reserve 2015 – 96
Delaire Graff Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – 94
Delaire Graff Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016 – 93
Delaire Graff Reserve White 2016 – 93
Delaire Graff Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – 91