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Wine Spectator: 20 Eye-Opening Wines from South Africa

The Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth has listed his 20 recommendations from South Africa, describing the country’s wine industry as offering ‘one of the most exciting lineups of any major wine region today’. We are delighted that six wines featured are represented by Seckford Agencies, with three of them scoring over 90 points, as follows:

2011 Estate Reserve Red Blend, Glenelly, Stellenbosch: 92 pts
This has alluring fresh espresso and smoldering juniper notes out front, followed by a rich, polished core of cassis and blackberry fruit. Features a serious spine of licorice root and a long tarry edge to the finish. Still has ample grip, but there’s enough development here to begin drinking now. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

2014 Shiraz, Topiary, Franschhoek: 91 pts
Ripe, bright and enticing, with a lively core of raspberry coulis streaking along, backed by light anise, black tea and floral hints. Has weight, but remains silky and light-footed.

2013 John X Merriman, Rustenberg, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch: 90 pts
A firm, smoky style, with a tobacco leaf and charcoal frame around mature mulled currant and blackberry fruit flavors. Mint and bay shadings on the finish complete the old-school feel. Approachable now, but has enough rustic guts to cellar further. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

2015 Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay, Glenelly, Stellenbosch: 89 pts
A fresh, lightly toasted style, with enticing pear and fig fruit that streams through the finish. A light echo of hazelnut lingers.

2015 Chardonnay, Indaba, Western Cape: 88 pts
Bright and engaging, with quince, creamed yellow apple and verbena notes gilded by the lightest of fresh butter notes. Open-knit finish.

2016 Chenin Blanc, Indaba, Western Cape: 88 pts
Fresh-cut green apple and white peach notes are laced with a makrut lime thread and backed by a bright honeysuckle accent on the finish.