Tim Atkin scores Grande Provence Amphora and TGP white 91/100
Two lauded Grande Provence wines, the Amphora 2016 and the flagship white, The Grande Provence 2015, have broken the venerable 90 point barrier with scores of 91/100 in Tim Atkin’s South African 2017 Special Report.
Atkin, a British Master of Wine and accomplished wine commentator with extensive experience when it comes to the South African vineyard, tasted almost 1 700 local wines for his 2017 Special Report, now in its fifth year.
Fermented and matured with partial skin contact in Tuscan clay amphorae, the Grande Provence Amphora 2016 is a wild yeast Chenin Blanc from a 38 year old Franschhoek vineyard.
Atkin describes it as “an ambitious, unusual white, with complex umami and wet concrete notes, pithy acidity and some supporting tannins.”
The Grande Provence 2015 is a Franschhoek blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier. “Rich and creamy, with apricot and pear flavours and a twist of aniseed supported by acidity,” is how Atkin describes this Grande Provence flagship white wine.
More about Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate
Located in Franschhoek, the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate embraces true South African wine heritage, excellent food at The Restaurant and luxury accommodation at The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale Villa in the Vineyards. Part of The Huka Retreats, other facilities Grande Provence offers guests are The Winery, The Jonkershuis, The Gallery, The Sculpture Garden and The Shop. For more information visit www.grandeprovence.co.za, Facebook.com or Twitter @grande_provence.