USA – one year and seven hours behind SA

So the Wine Speculator has released their Top 100 wines for 2012 and Hamilton Russell storms in at # 32 with their 2010 Chardonnay while Rust en Vrede are up in lights at # 78 with their red blend 2008. But the real curiosity are the vintages. When Aníbal Coutinho and I were on our peregrinations around the Winelands a couple of months back, we also liked Hammo’s Chardonnay and Jean’s red blend but the vintages we tasted were 2011 and 2009 respectively which presumably were current releases.

alib USA – one year and seven hours behind SA

Shipping SA wine to the USA

With daily flights to the USA, why are the SA wines selected one vintage older than those available in SA? Is distribution still effected by sailing ship? Daar kom die Alibama (above), as they sing in the Cape.