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 

6% 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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6% 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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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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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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Wildeberg Coterie Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2020
The nose has an immediate attack of lemongrass and grapefruit with notes of hay and fennel. The palate has a rich textural mouthfeel of lanolin and waxy lemons. Pithy, affermatively tart with bright acidity this would be a joyous accompaniment...
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Alphabetical Wine Vin Rouge Ordinaire 2019 75cl
Loved by Jancis Robinson and Matthew Jukes, this chocolatey, juicy, warm style of wine is a winner. You'll like it, I promise you. Top quality fruit and a helping hand from Craig Hawkins and Luke O'Cuinneagain, ex winemaker of Chateau...
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Alphabetical Sauvignon Blanc 2020 75cl
Like shoving sweet, ripe peaches in your face and then thrusting your head into a beehive! All ripe stone fruit, honey coated and perfectly balanced. A joy. Top quality fruit and a helping hand from Craig Hawkins and Luke O'Cuinneagain,...
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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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Alphabetical Syrah 2019 75cl
Blackberries, flowers, rich warm earth and a nibble of cocoa as well. A superb fruity fruity wine. Top quality fruit and a helping hand from Craig Hawkins and Luke O'Cuinneagain, ex winemaker of Chateau Angelus – Alphabetical is a collaboration...
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La Motte Mullennium Merlot Cabernet Franc 2016 75cl
Merlot (56%), Cabernet Franc (28%), Petit Verdot (10%) and Malbec (6%) from Walker Bay, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. The different components were matured separately for 12 months in old 225-litre French oak barrels. Raspberry (Merlot), a slight herbaceousness (Cabernet Franc) and...
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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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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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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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Only 1 leftBotanica 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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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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