Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Posted 21st Feb 2017

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News from Tim

Welcome to timatkin.com. I hope you like the site and find lots to read and enjoy, especially the in-depth reports we've published on Rioja, the Rhône, South Africa, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Argentina, Brunello, Washington State, Napa and Oregon. There are also monthly columns by Ron Washam (aka The HoseMaster of Wine), Matt Walls and Andrea Frost. Tim Atkin MW

 

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New Zealand’s hothouse Syrah
by Matt Walls

Posted 20th Feb 2017

In 1984, a man called Dr Alan Limmer was doing some work at a government viticultural research station on North Island, New Zealand. One day he heard it was about to be closed down due to lack of funds and the vineyards bulldozed. He raced over there to see what he could salvage. He rescued nine Syrah vines from the bonfire – the only ones in the country at that time. They still had plastic name tags around them like babies’ ankles. He took them home and planted them in his own estate, Stonecroft, in Hawke’s Bay. These original vines are still there today, bearing fruit and providing cuttings. No-one knows for sure how Syrah...

Wine of the Week

2015 Rojalet Negre, Montsant

(£7.99, 13.5, Majestic)

Montsant is not as famous as neighbouring Priorat, but generally offers much better value. Blending Garnacha and Carignan, this isn't short of alcohol (we're close to the Med after all), but it has plenty of spice, plum and bramble fruit concentration and stony minerality for balance. In summer, it would make a great barbecue red. Right now, try it with winter stew. 

89 points

 

About Tim

I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 31 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including The World of Fine WineGourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, Decanter, Jamie Magazine, Robb Report and Woman and Home and am one of the Three Wine Men. I am a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 30 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, I don’t have a red nose to show for it.

Awards and recognition

Louis Roederer Wine Website of the Year 2011 and the Born Digital Award for Best Editorial ContentThis site is the winner of the 2014 Fortnum & Mason Online Drink Writer of the Year, the 2014 Louis Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award, the 2013 and 2011 Louis Roederer Wine Website of the Year and the 2011 Born Digital Awards for Best Editorial Content.

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