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Tim Atkin and Garden Route wines

‘Tim Atkin is a British Master of Wine, and an award-winning wine journalist, broadcaster and commentator. He is also a judge of several international wine competitions and a photographer.’  That’s what Wikipedia says about Tim Atkin.  He visited the Garden Route again this year, like he did last year. And the year before, and several years before that.

He recently released his seventh annual report about the South African wine scene and – and we quote – ‘I remain as enthusiastic and positive as ever. The sector has many problems (…), but I’m still convinced that the best Cape wines are world class and represent outstanding value for money. Ever creative, ever evolving, the wine industry continues to surprise and delight me. I tasted wines from at least 20 new producers this year and the quality was mostly good to excellent.’

Axehill is one of the wineries judged. It got lucky again this year and received 90, 91 and 93 points for some of their unreleased bottles: Distinta 2016, Machada 2016 and their Cape Vintage 2011 respectively.  This last wine, their vintage port, also received a 5-star Platter rating only a few years ago!

Axehill is located in Calitzdorp, in the Kannaland region of the Garden Route.

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The full Tim Atkin report on South African wines (2019) is for sale on https://timatkin.com/product/2019-south-africa-special-report/ 

For more information on Axehill Wines please visit their website: www.axehill.co.za.  Should you want to visit the winery please contact wine maker Mike Neebe on +27 (0)83 676 3000 or by email on mike@axehill.co.za