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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Only 1 leftFalse 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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6% offFalse Bay "Old School" Syrah 2017 75cl
Very smart varietal Shiraz, savoury but polished and seriously appealing. Dark garnet with a violet rim. Fresh lifted berry fruit that draws you in! Full yet elegant with bramble aromas and cream, cassis and black cherry flavours on the palate...
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False Bay "Windswept" Sauvignon Blanc 2020 75cl
Elderflower, citrus and pear galore - a lovely bracing Sauvignon Blanc. An independent company, owned by Waterkloof founder Paul Boutinot, False Bay Vineyards aims to make 'real' wine affordable. These are sustainable certified wines bottled in South Africa and naturally...
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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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Abraham & The Heretics Pinotage 2018 75cl
When Abraham Izak Perold crossed Pinot Noir and Cinsault in 1924, little did he realise that the result would be a grape variety hated throughout the world. Unlike Marmite which is roughly 50:50 for those who love or hate it,...
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Wonder Horse Old Vine Palomino 2020 75cl
An often innocuous, neutral cultivar, when it’s vines are allowed to get really old it’s yields drop to a clutch of grapes you can get the personality of this wine, vine and place. It’s quiet on the nose and palate...
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Hartenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2018 75cl
Established in 1692, Hartenberg Estate should need little introduction, as one of South Africa`s oldest wineries with one of the most respected winemakers in the Western Cape at its helm. T his man, cellar master Carl Schultz, has been in...
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The Liberator Episode 32 'Opposites Attract" 2019 75cl
A stunning red - big, bold and earthy with some lovely fragrant spice and floral hints. Beyond the periphery of South Africa’s conventional vineyard regions lie great vinous treasures, resigned to anonymity; forgotten, abandoned or just simply undiscovered. It is...
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The Foundry Grenache 2017 75cl
The Foundry Grenache Noir 2017 has a youthful deep ruby colour with good intensity on account of the low production per vine. On the nose there is a distinctive floral fleshy fruit quality intensified by black pepper, spice and a...
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The Foundry Viognier 2019 75cl
The nose is exotic with expressive apricot, spring blossom and creamy citrus nose, but remains elegant and perfumed. These flavours follow through onto the palate which is dense with ripe crushed fresh fruit, succulent juiciness and finishes with a mineral...
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Hartenberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 75cl
Established in 1692, Hartenberg Estate should need little introduction, as one of South Africa`s oldest wineries with one of the most respected winemakers in the Western Cape at its helm. T his man, cellar master Carl Schultz, has been in...
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Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2019 75cl
The nose is dark, intense and brooding with aromas of black cherries, cardamom, sweet tobacco, espresso and subtle whiffs of perfume. The dark fruit character of the nose follows through onto an exceptionally complex, juicy palate with gentle nuances of...
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Blank Bottle Retirement @ 65 2019 75cl
"Lightish cherry red. Beautifully scented. There’s a hint of slightly reductive rubber but it is so slight it works well with the sweetness of the fruit. Dry, chewy but fresh, with the intensity and depth of old vines but no...
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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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