Yesterday was another glorious day, most of which was spent judging wines.
This year’s Top 100 South African Wines has seen a higher standard of entries than last year. In part, this reflects the fast pace of change here: South African wines are getting better each year at the top end.
But it probably also stems from the increased confidence in the competition: last year, many people didn’t enter because they weren’t sure it would succeed.
I’ve enjoyed judging a lot. It’s a great setting here in St James, Cape Town. Literally yards from the sea, it’s easy to relax between sessions. And the judges are great. We have really enjoyed our interactions.