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Your guide to buying Tim Atkin’s top-rated wines

It’s here! Tim Atkin MW, the world’s foremost commentator on South African wine, has dropped his highly-anticipated annual report which, now in its ninth year, is regarded as one of the most detailed and authoritative overviews of the South African wine industry.

TIM ATKIN’S TOP RATED

Winning wines from the 2022 report

TIM ATKIN’S BEST VALUE

TIM ATKIN 95+ POINT REDS MIXED CASE

From the 98-point Crescendo to the high-scoring Syrah from the Winemaker of the Year himself, be the first to get your hands on some of the report’s most highly-ranked wines.

WHO IS TIM ATKIN MW?

Tim Atkin is a highly acclaimed UK based wine critic and journalist. He has won his fair share of wine writing awards and is the chairman of Wines of South Africa Top 100.

Tim is regarded as a Master of Wine (MW) and annually creates reports for various countries’ wine industries – tasting and scoring thousands of wines.

Tim Atkin tastes thousands of wines in South Africa and abroad to create his report. 

FAQs

Tim Atkin is a highly acclaimed UK based wine critic and journalist. He has won his fair share of wine writing awards and is the chairman of Wines of South Africa Top 100.

Tim is regarded as a Master of Wine and annually creates reports for various countries’ wine industries – tasting and scoring thousands of wines.

Tim Atkin tastes thousands of wine in South Africa and abroad to create his report.

2022 will mark the tenth year of Tim Atkin MW’s Special Report. This highly anticipated report is considered one of the most authoritative and detailed reports in the South African wine industry.

Tim Atkin tastes over 1000 wines from South Africa, scoring each of them with a 100 point scale. There have only been a handful of 100 point wines, namely the Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2015, Porseleinberg 2018 and Sadie Family Wines Skurfberg 2019. These scores are generally regarded as helpful to create an industry standard of the top performing wines of that year, with the wines scoring over 90 points being critically acclaimed.

Awards like Tim Atkin are highly regarded in the wine industry as a badge of honour for producers. They are also a useful way for consumers to help choose wines to try as a good score can translate to the public as a good wine to purchase. Ultimately, wine is preference based and not everyone will have the same palate or enjoy the same characteristics. Anticipation of the report creates great excitement in the wine industry as scores ultimately impact the sales and demand for wines.

Contrary to some belief, Masters of Wine aren’t just Sommeliers. To become a Master of Wine, one must pass the most difficult industry exams in the world.

There are many different steps to follow to earn the title, but only about 400 worldwide have earned this title. The careers of these Masters of Wine all vary, but as with Tim Atkin MW, many become wine critics.

The Tim Atkin SA report 2022 is now available as of 6 September 2022.