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 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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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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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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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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Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap White 2019 75cl
"The nose is clean, fresh and inviting with its green apple, white peach and yellow plum aromas, with whiffs of angelica and lemon zest. The mid-palate shows an array of stone fruit with flavours of nectarine, pear, cling peach and...
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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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17% offRevenant Chenin Blanc 2019 75cl
A variety of yellow fruits and limes can be picked up on the nose with a touch of cumin. The palate shows a fresh acidity with a lingering mouth feel- an effortlessly balanced wine. Made by False Bay Vineyards &...
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17% offRevenant Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 75cl
This wine is complex, stylish and elegant. Aromas of dark chocolate, pencil shavings and black currant are prominent on the nose. The tannins are soft but still give a lovely structure on the palate. Made by False Bay Vineyards &...
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The Foundry Roussanne 2018 75cl
The Foundry Roussanne has a very distinct stone fruit and pebbly bouquet with hints of peach, pear and herbs. It is intense and linear on the palate with citrus and tropical fruit and balanced by a pronounced minerality and fresh...
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Only 1 leftPaserene 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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Botanica Flower Girl Albarino 2019 75cl
Located in Devon Valley within Stellenbosch, Ginny Povall makes wine, whilst simultaneously running a luxury guest lodge and protea farm. Until now, all the wines produced have come from contract fruit, whilst the American-born Ginny waited for her own vines...
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15% offAlheit 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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