South Africa

So much more than Pinotage!  South Africa is really leaping forwards in its wine making just now.  Rather than focusing on single varietal wines and their own grape, they are embracing the concept of terroir and making wines that suit the earth they have.

This means Rhone and Portuguese reds and a wealth of whites that aren't just Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc, although they are making terribly good wine from these two grapes.  There are also a group of new winemakers establishing their reputations by using old vines and creating their own wines that don't follow conventions set down by those that have gone before.  

South Africa really is a country to watch.

My favourite producers

Alheit Vineyards | Boekenhoutskloof | Blank Bottle | Bryan MacRobert Wines | False Bay | The Great South African Wine Company | The Liberator | Natte Valley | Newton Johnson | Reyneke | Sijnn | Thorne & Daughters 

Primordial Soup / Prime Cut Red 2016 75cl
A rich and bloody bouillabaisse of the Western Cape’s classical cultivars, packed with juicy life, red in tooth and claw. It has a nose of creamy summer pudding and a palate of crushed cherries with a cranberry tang and texture....
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Primordial Soup White Blend 2016 75cl
A concoction of the Western Cape's brightest cultivars is alive with firm, fleshy fruit. On the nose, it has notes of jasmine and white stone fruit. It has a nuanced citrusy palate and tangy finish.
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11% offFalse Bay "Bush Vine" Pinotage 2014 75cl
Perfect Pinotage - youthful, vibrant and fruity. This wine has a bright nose of summer pudding and cream. The palate has a savoury earthiness redolent of its sandy provenance. An independent company, owned by Waterkloof founder Paul Boutinot, False Bay...
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11% offFalse Bay "Slow" Chenin Blanc 2016 75cl
Wild yeast fermentation is key to this benchmark Chenin Blanc. The long wild yeast ferment provides bready aromas and additional complexity to the wine. Dried herbaceous notes, including fennel and aniseed from the nearby Fynbos, dominate the nose, followed by...
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Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Red 2018 75cl
"The wine is dark and dense on appearance. The brooding nose is intense and shows an abundance of dark fruits. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, baking spices and heady whiffs of violets create complexity. Dark berry fruit, liquorice, notes of sweet...
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Bryan MacRobert Abbotsdale Chenin Blanc 2016 75cl
"From very old bushvines, the Abbotsdale Chenin glimmers green golden and delivers a whole lotta bang for your buck. Exceptional concentration, fresh and baked apple, icing sugar dusted patiserrie goodies and just ripe pears. An immensely tangy, broad and satisfying...
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Bryan MacRobert Abbotsdale Pinotage 2016 75cl
"A deep red in the glass, the 2016 Pinotage is a darker fruited, and deeper wine than his 2-15 Abbotsale Syrah. Gently asserting tannins, blackberries just plucked from the hedgerow and cinnamon stick. Dark and brooding and an excellent pair...
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Natte Valley Cinsault 2017 75cl
"A delicious lighter red - all red apple skin, raspberry and strawberry leaf on the nose. The palate is similarly light, strawberry and raspberry coming to the fore with a hint of liquorice on the end"
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Paserene Shiner 2018 75cl
"Chamomile, grapefruit and greengages greet you on the nose, and as it opens, you’re transported to somewhere in the tropics. Lilac and bergamot, developing on to the palate to pineapple and honeydew melon with some herbaceous notes and a racy...
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The Great SA Wine Co Grand Blanc 2018 75cl
"Calling yourself 'The Great South African Wine Company' is putting yourself on a pedestal from which you could easily fall. Not these guys though. Loads of lemongrass, citrus fruit, flowers, honey and then peach.... lots of peaches. More peaches than...
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Alheit Vineyards Cartology 2016 75cl
"The nose shows lemon peel, fennel, spearmint, ripe apple and pear, perhaps a touch of honey. The palate is very vibrant and fine, with ample texture and weight. The finish is long and refreshing. A blend of Chenin Blanc and...
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Alheit Vineyards La Colline 2015 75cl
Pre-order offer This is a blend of 75% Semillon Blanc and around 10% Semillon Gris from a Franschhoek vineyard planted in 1936. Chris has worked these vines since 2011 when it was an original component of the Cartology blend. The...
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