Top 10 Wines of 2018

My Top 10 for 2018, in no specific order.

Olifantsberg Lark Chenin Blanc 2017

Assertively Chenin Blanc with whacks of cantaloupe, pear, citrus plus a whole mountainside of fynbos to make this wine very seductive and interesting.

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2016

Sharp as a razor clam in mating season. Rapier-like thrust on which hangs delicious fleshy bits of Chardonnay-beauty.

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2016

Wonder and amazement, as this takes classic Chardonnay and punts it skywards with floral spice.

Nuy White Muscadel 2006

Just-crushed grapey sweetness, fortified and aged to tantalising confection, kept fresh and alive by integrated acidity.

Tokara Telos 2015

Majestic and regal, as accurate as a Medieval long-bow archer in presenting pure Simonsberg Cabernet Sauvignon expression.

Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

A powerful stomp to announce its arrival, moon-walking into a forest filled with brambles, autumn leaves and fairies singing in Louis Armstrong voices.

Oak Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Terrific thiols of the tropics rise sunnily, before hit by the thunder of a breaking wave bearing maritime aromas and tastes.

Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2015

Gevrey-like in its deep, velvety plushness with brooding, haunting flavours that can only be unique and only Pinot Noir.

Edgebaston GS Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

New World style with confident, promiscuous dark-fruited sweetness, yet intoxicatingly well-made and expressing the wonderful glory of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2014

Note of mint announces the classic-style, a cool red-blooded denseness off-set by cardamom-stuffed prunes and sun-baked old leather.

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