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.

Domaine des Dieux, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2017

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Domaine des Dieux, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2017

At the very top of the valley, cooled by breezes and the cloud attracted to the nearby...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionHemel-en-Aarde

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeDDD117

GrapeChardonnay

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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2019

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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2019

From a block planted in 1987, and about 1/3 matured in new barrels, 2/3 second fill. Seductive...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCeres

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeKOE119

GrapeChardonnay

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Fryer's Cove, Hollebaksstrandfontein, Sauvignon Blanc Fume, Bamboes Bay, 2020

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Fryer's Cove, Hollebaksstrandfontein, Sauvignon Blanc Fume, Bamboes Bay, 2020

Less than 200 dozen made of this barrel and clay pot fermented SB, named after the spring in...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionBamboes Bay

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRY420

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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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...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV318

GrapeChardonnay

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Piekenierskloof, Stonedance, Granite White, Swartland, 2020

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Jancis Robinson
Piekenierskloof, Stonedance, Granite White, Swartland, 2020

"Notably friendly and welcoming with sufficient acidity and a great retro label. Though...

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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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Jancis Robinson
Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2020

"Green grassy nose (as opposed to fruity) - not at all like New Zealand SB. Clean, fresh...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75

CodeCED620

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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