In his fourth annual guide on South Africa’s wines, Master of Wine Atkin said the 2015 vintage is “the best I have tasted in 26 years of writing about the country’s wines” and should be a springboard to global recognition.
He said: "A winning combination of better viticulture, the development of new wine regions and the emergence of a young generation of wine-making talent make South Africa the most dynamic wine-producing country in the world right now.”
Atkin singled out Chenin Blanc, Syrah and Méthode Cap Classique wines for special praise in his 2016 report.
He also argued that South Africa’s old vines are “a precious and dwindling resource that needs protection” and said too many wine farms are unprofitable because of the low price of the country’s wines, particularly on export markets. “In the absence of significant government subsidies, the answer is to increase the price of South African wine.”
The 190-page publication, which is available to download from his website for £15, includes top wines of the year and scores for more than 1,400 wines, as well as more than 900 tasting notes. In the report Atkin also named his wines and winemakers of the year.