International wine writer and British Master of Wine (MW) Tim Atkin’s 2018 SA Special Report made happy reading for the team at La Bri. Three of their wines cracked the 90 out of 100 points mark. Illustrating the versatility of the team the acclaimed wines include a white, a red and a Méthode Cap Classique.
La Bri’s MCC, Sauvage La Bri 2012, was awarded 91 points by Atkin. This follows on last year when their maiden bubbly, the Sauvage La Bri 2011, was also awarded 91 points by Atkin and cements La Bri as a producer of fine MCCs.
Atkin had this to say about the Sauvage La Bri 2012, “Irene Waller’s mature bubbly is an all-Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs whose base wine is fermented in old wood. It’s quite a rich, evolved style showing nutty, honeyed, oxidative notes and a rich savoury finish.” (Drinking window 2018 – 2021)
La Bri’s Syrah 2015 was awarded 90 points. In Atkin’s words, “With a nod to Côte Rôtie, this refined Franschhoek Syrah Is co-fermented with 5% Viognier. It’s a light, floral, sappy style with lots of perfume and acidity, a hint of wood spice and berry fruit sweetness.” (Drinking window 2019 – 2023)
Completing the trio of acclaimed wines is the Double Door Semillon 2017 that also scored 90 points. Atkin describes it as an “Elegantly oaked Semillon. Textured and fresh, with a dusting of vanilla spice and a smooth, creamy palate.” (Drinking window 2019 – 2022)
Atkin’s roughly 200-page 2018 SA Special Report contains scores for almost 2000 wines, making it one of the most comprehensive annual reviews of the South African wine industry. Atkin is highly regarded by wine investors and enthusiasts for his influential opinion and his scores are highly regarded in the international wine scene.
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