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A round-up of recent press

In the January edition of Decanter Magazine (on sale this month), 2016 Chenin Blanc 1947 by Kaapzicht is top of ‘The most exciting wines of 2017’! Looking at wines with an RRP of under £55, Decanter experts from around the world proposed their top three wines, a list which was then narrowed down to 75, all of which were retasted blind by a panel of three judges; Oz Clarke, Christelle Guibert and Andy Howard MW. To be placed in first place is an incredible accolade for Kaapzicht, whose wines are going from strength to strength. Awarded 96 points, the judges commented:

Luxurious and warm, with enveloping notes of honey, lemon and pineapple jumping out of the glass. Creamy and complex, this is bursting with flavour and life and indulgent good humour. Sweet exotic fruit married with nutty apple and citrus are wrapped up with a crisp acidity.

Also in the January edition, two Seckford Agencies wines are listed in their ‘Festive buys’ feature; Rustenberg Malbec 2016 and Paul Cluver Noble Late Harvest Riesling 2014. Both receiving 90 points, the Malbec was given the following tasting note:

A new addition to Rustenberg’s range and a more vibrant, juicy and approachable version of Malbec than you’d get from Argentina. Medium-bodied with expressive, generous red cherry fruit combined with smooth tannins. The ideal accompaniment if you’ve got roast beef on the menu.

While Cluver’s Noble Late Harvest:

This sweet delight always impresses. It exhibits concentrated honey, peach and pineapple aromas leading to a fresh yet luscious palate that’s like biting into a juicy ripe apricot. One to savour on its own, instead of dessert. Buy a few bottles too – it will reward even more with ageing.

Also this month, in The Times Top Whites of Winter, Jane MacQuitty singles out Glenelly’s Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay 2016;

A strong, unoaked, gunflint-smoky chardonnay with honeysuckle, cloves and preserved lemon to the fore, which will be perfect with turkey and all the trimmings.

Who could resist?!