It is the list to top all lists. Every year Wine Spectator publishes its Top 100 wines of the year and winemakers and producers round the world scroll down the list hoping to see one of their own wines on the list. This year we are particulairly happy as three of our direct imports have made it onto to the list.
“Since 1988, Wine Spectator has compiled a list of the most exciting wines we’ve reviewed over the past 12 months. These 100 wines reflect significant trends, recognize outstanding producers and spotlight successful regions and vintages around the world.” - WS
Over 10,000 wines get tasted throughout the year and the final hundred are selected for the December issue. For the first time in its history Simon Waghorn’s Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc 2011 has made it into the top 100 a huge achievement for Astrolabe one of only three. (currently €13.99 was €16.99)
A veteran of the list Rust en Vrede has made it into the Top 100 for an unprecedented 5th time. Jean Englebrecht’s super Estate Red 2008 has cemented Rust en Vrede’s reputation as one of South Africa’s “First Growths”. €27.99 (back early next year)
Bodegas Norton’s extraordinary year continues with the Malbec Reserva 2010 (coming soon) making it onto the list this success follows on hot the tails of Jorge Riccitelli scooping “Winemaker of the Year” at the Wine Star Awards. The Malbec Reserva 2009 is currently in stock at €11.49 (was 12.99)
This is a major achievement for all three producers and it nicely rounds of an extraordinary year of awards and achievements for our portfolio of direct imports.
Keep an eye out for the Rust en Vrede landing next March - our allocation never last long! Meanwhile there are a few bottle of the (92 point) 2007 vintage in some of the stores. Leave a comment here if you want to track one down.
Simon Waghorn’s superb Astrolabe Sauvignon 2011 is in all stores now.