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More ambitious pricing but some decent wines too, with Australia, Argentina and South Africa leading the way
Some weird and wonderful blends and, despite the lack of Golds, a generally positive reaction from the tasters
With screwcaps to the fore, the quality of the whites (particularly) and the reds here was amazing for the price. Rosé was another matter entirely
Over 1,500 wines can be boiled down to this: the hallowed Sommelier Wine Awards Gold List for 2011...
For the first time, South Africa has finally dominated this category, with a decent spread of wines from cheap to pricey. A watershed year for the Saffers, perhaps?
Good wines, good prices and a variety of styles, Syrah was one of the stand-out varieties for the New World
Plenty of medals again for Chile, although the judges were most impressed stylistically with Australia and South Africa
Some good-value wines but the relatively low ratio of entries to medals suggests a lot of bandwagon-jumping, too
Not a vast amount in the way of bargains, but there were some decent, unusual wines here, proving that the New World still knows how to innovate
The Zulu king paid a visit to Camden market this week to attend the opening of a South African bar and restaurant
The inaugural Olmeca Margarita Contest was recently held by the Tahona Society, with a bartender from South Africa taking top honours.
England may be out of the FIFA World Cup, but there’s still a chance for the Brits to shine in South Africa…
Boutique South African winery Journey’s End has had a busy start to the year, not only acquiring new vineyards from a neighbouring Stellenbosch producer, but also opening a new cellar and wine-tasting centre earlier this month.
Solid, rather than great wines, and a return to dominance for South Africa
A smallish but dynamic section, our sommeliers found some really good, food-friendly wines here at prices that make them all well worth a look