Tim Atkin is an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 31 years’ experience. He writes for a number of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Decanter, Jamie Magazine, and Woman and Home and is one of the Three Wine Men. He is a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 30 awards for his journalism and photography.
Wine Village is proud to reveal some of the secrets behind the award-winning wines selected by Tim Atkin in his most recent review.
We have selected 30 premium wines that scored 90+ points by Tim Atkin.
Wine has a vast array of jokey articles, essays, even whole books devoted to “faking it.” In fairness, some of these efforts are witty and take deadeye aim at wine’s always-lurking pretensions. Most such skewering efforts are, however, predictable and/or limp.
First, there is such a thing as wine expertise, in the same way—and from the same sort of effort—as there is about, say rugby. It comes from long experience and repeated application.
But the thing about expertise—any expertise—is that it’s really a way of looking at something. Those with expertise know what to look for. Wine expertise is no different.
Even if you haven’t yet acquired the long experience or achieved the repeated applications that experts can offer, you can still equip yourself in wine with at least the savvy approach of expertise.
This is where the expertise of Tim Atkin plays a major role. The Tim Atkins’ rating system provides us a guidance in the quality of South African wines compared on an international stage.
Sports offers a good analogy. I’ve never played tennis, but even I can see that Roger Federer is incredible, and not just because he gets the ball across the net. (After all, the other guy does that too.) My tennis-savvy pals can go into all sorts of details about what makes Federer so extraordinary—even when he loses. I can’t.
Talking About Wine. More than any other subject, talking about wine invites—often justifiably—more derision and scorn than anything. Seemingly not a week goes by when one writer or another mocks the pretensions of winespeak. Often it’s richly deserved.
So what, then, are we to do? Silence is no answer. A good wine drunk without comment is like a prayer without an “amen.”
The wine we’ll be tasting include:
- Anthonij Rupert (L’Ormarins)
- Ghostcorner David Nieuwoudt
- De Grendel
- De Wetshof
- Ernie Els
- Klein Constantia
- Van Baljon