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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?
More ambitious pricing but some decent wines too, with Australia, Argentina and South Africa leading the way
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
Lots of wine, plenty of freshness, but not, for the most part, enough ambition. New World Sauvignon Blanc is a category that is rather treading water at the moment
Plenty of decent bottles and very few dogs meant that our tasters were positive about New World Chardonnay, though genuine excitement was in short supply
The usual mixture of styles, and a mixed bag of results too, with harsh criticism from the judges, but also more Gold Listed wines than ever before