A leading United Kingdom wine expert has recently afforded his first-ever
perfect score to a wine in the New World (Argentina, Australia, Canada,
Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States) ¡V and it happens to
be a local wine: the 2015 Kanonkop Paul Sauer.
Master of Wine Tim
Atkin, who has contributed on wine for the Observer, Harper's,
The Economist and the BBC for the past three decades, has just
released his seventh annual guide to South African wine.
Atkin says the 2015 Kanonkop Paul Sauer is "one of the greatest young wines
I have ever tasted" and he gave it 100 points (out of 100). Kanonkop Paul
Sauer 2015 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 15% Cabernet
Atkin gave two South African white wines a near-perfect score of 99: 2017
Alheit Vineyards Magnetic North and 2017 Sadie Family ¡¦T Voetpad.
¡§I don¡¦t give very high scores lightly,¡¨ Atkin said, ¡§but these three
stunning, world-class wines have earned it.¡¨
"To achieve the magical 100pt rating is a huge honour for Kanonkop,
Stellenbosch and the South African wine industry as a whole,¡¨ said Kanonkop
co-owner, Johann Krige.
¡§Never has more great wine been made by as many producers from around the
world as now. This leads to critics such as Atkin having to be extremely
judicious when deciding to award perfect scores, hence the rarity of such
ratings," says Krige.
The 2015 Kanonkop Paul Sauer retails for between R550 and R665 a bottle. The
2017 Alheit Vineyards Magnetic North costs between and R610 and almost R700
a bottle, while you can buy the 2017 Sadie Family ¡¦T Voetpad as part of a
case of 6 Sadie Family wines for R3,715.