South African White Wines

…from IWC 2016's South African Specialist Award Winner!

South Africa’s white grape is Chenin Blanc, a local speciality: after all, there’s a lot more Chenin planted in the Cape than there is in its Loire homeland.

We always offer half a dozen pure or Chenin-dominated styles, from thrillingly crisp and mineral via fruity and weighty to oaked examples.

Chardonnay is also hugely successful in the Cape, at every price level, but especially from cooler zones such as the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Franschhoek. Likewise even if it’s too hot in most of the winelands for Sauvignon Blanc, the best, from cool coastal vineyards, successfully bestride the gap between Loire and New Zealand styles.

The most exciting recent development in the Cape is the emergence of South African white blends as a real national strength: these now come in three styles: Chenin-based blends with a seasoning of varieties from Chardonnay, Sauvignon to oddball extras; white Bordeaux blends majoring on Sauvignon and Semillon; and Rhône blends featuring Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Clairette - with perhaps some Chenin.

HALF Rustenberg, Straw Wine, Coastal Region, 2019

From 81.5% Chenin Blanc and 18.5% Viognier dried on straw in the Italian passito manner to...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCoastal Region

ColourWhite

ABV9.5%

Bottle37.5cl

CodeRUS919

GrapeChenin Blanc & Viognier

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Goedverwacht, J & G Chardonnay, Robertson, 2018

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Goedverwacht, J & G Chardonnay, Robertson, 2018

Goedverwacht translates from Afrikaans as "good hope".This Chardonnay is made by father Jan Du...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV318

GrapeChardonnay

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Stonedance, Granite White, Swartland, 2020

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Stonedance, Granite White, Swartland, 2020

Look at this – a Swartland Chenin blend for less than 10 pounds a bottle!  Stonedance is a...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeSTO120

GrapeChenin Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay

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Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2020

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Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2020

 Although there is no mention on the label, this is about two thirds from the young Sauvignon...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75

CodeCED620

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Blanc, 2019

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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Blanc, 2019

Piekenierskloof, formerly a co-operative but now privately owned, owns outstanding vineyards...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionPiekenierskloof

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75

CodePIK119

GrapeGrenache Blanc

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