What a great year of fine wine it has been yet again. I am in such a fortunate position to be able to no only taste the greatest wines of the world in a regular basis here in London and on my travels, but also taste the finest wines produced in South Africa on a regular basis while retaining a very measured, objective outlook in terms of where they really fit in the pecking order of international fine wine.
For my red top 10 selection, I have not merely selected my highest scoring wines of the year as that would be a little bit predictable, but I have selected wines that I found not only outstanding in quality terms but also memorable and thrilling to drink.
Also, I’d like to offer a special thanks to all the producers, many of them who are very good friends, that have offered me their time for my regular visits, tastings and importantly, lots of joyous eating and drinking together. Your hospitality is never taken for granted and greatly appreciated!
Happy New Year 2019. I believe 2020 is going to be an exceptional year of success.
Top 10 Reds (in no particular order):
Naude Family Wines Old Vine Series Oupa Willem 2018 – 96/100 GSMW
MR de Compostella Red Blend 2017- 98/100 GSMW
Vilafonte Series C Red Blend 2017 – 96+/100 GSMW
Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines Iron Syrah 2017 – 97/100 GSMW
Raats Family Eden Single Vineyard High Density Cabernet Franc 2017 – 98/100 GSMW
Thelema Rabelais Red Blend 2015 – 96+/100 GSMW
Savage Red Blend 2017 – 96/100 GSMW
Kanonkop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – 97/100 GSMW
Porseleinberg Syrah 2017 – 97/100 GSMW
Creation Emma Pinot Noir 2018 – 96/100 GSMW
5 thoughts on “The Fine Wine Safari’s Top 10 Most Memorable South African Red Wines of 2019…”
A great list! And a happy new years.
Have you tried the Lismore Reserve Syrah 2018? I found it quiet magnificent.
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Hi James, Yes I tried it. Tied my score with Porseleinberg at 97/100 but it’s only released in 2020 so it will probably make next years Top 10 reds.
Ah! Thanks. Yeah I’ve been patiently waiting for its release having sampled it at the TA tasting back in Sep. absolutely superb.
Thanks for your insights, it has been a huge help.
Looking forward to more in 2020
Love the Savage red blend, love Porseleinberg – two great Syrahs!
I love Cabernet Franc, so perhaps I should jump at some Raats when I’ve saved up enough for my hand job…
Davy, I’m sure we can organise a bottle of the 2017 Eden for you… 👍🏻
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