Decanter Retailer Awards 2020

7th September 2020

Award Category: South Africa Specialist of the Year

Result: Runner-up

Almost but not quite, we were runners-up for South African Specialist of the Year 2020.

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False Bay, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2019

From dry-farmed, bush vines, mainly in the Paardeberg and Riebeek Valley, slowly fermented,...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeFAB119

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Cederberg, Chenin Blanc, Cederberg, 2019

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Cederberg, Chenin Blanc, Cederberg, 2019

Always our benchmark wine at this estate - this is the 17th continuous vintage we have shipped....

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED119

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Fryer's Cove, Pinot Noir, Bamboes Bay, 2017

Attractive, soft ruby tone; pretty cherry and lightly floral aromas. Supple, pleasingly fleshy...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRY617

GrapePinot Noir

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2019

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2019

10% goes into old oak barrels, giving volume rather than oak flavour, and the wine gains weight...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD119

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2017

The target is consistent, a densely textured, complex wine, based on fruit from the family...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCoastal

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD317

GrapeChenin Blanc Blend

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Badenhorst Family Red, Swartland, 2017

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Badenhorst Family Red, Swartland, 2017

Lovely old-fashioned methods: early picked grapes for freshness, whole bunches foot-trodden for...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCoastal

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD817

GrapeSyrah/Shiraz Blend

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Badenhorst, Secateurs Red, Swartland, 2019

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Badenhorst, Secateurs Red, Swartland, 2019

Over the years this has changed from being a chunky blend based on Syrah to a more graceful one...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD619

GrapeCinsault blend

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False Bay, Pinotage, Western Cape, 2018

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False Bay, Pinotage, Western Cape, 2018

Plum coloured. High-toned scent of berries. Bittersweet raspberry and bilberry fruit, bold and...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFAB818

GrapePinotage

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Fryer's Cove, Sauvignon Blanc, Bamboes Bay, 2017

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Fryer's Cove, Sauvignon Blanc, Bamboes Bay, 2017

A Cape Pouilly-Fumé - an intense mouthful of gooseberry and passion-fruit, checked by crisp...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionBamboes Bay

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRY117

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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Badenhorst Family Wines, Papegaai, Palomino / Semillon, Western Cape, 2019

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Badenhorst Family Wines, Papegaai, Palomino / Semillon, Western Cape, 2019

By European standards this is a strange blend: the Spanish Palomino grape, known for sherry;...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD219

GrapePalomino & Semillon

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Domaine des Dieux, Josephine Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2015

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Domaine des Dieux, Josephine Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2015

From cool vineyards at the top of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. As the vines here age, this wine...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionHemel-en-Aarde

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeDDD615

GrapePinot Noir

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations Shiraz, Robertson, 2018

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations Shiraz, Robertson, 2018

Pretty raspberry and vanilla scent. Bright berried fruit with a hint of earthiness. Excellent...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV618

GrapeSyrah/Shiraz

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Domaine des Dieux, Syrah-Mourvèdre, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2014

Made by Syrah specialist Niels Verburg of nearby Luddite, about 95% Syrah in this vintage,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionHemel-en-Aarde Ridge

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeDDD814

GrapeSyrah Mouvedre

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Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Rosé, Rose of Sharon,  Walker Bay, 2011

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Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Rosé, Rose of Sharon, Walker Bay, 2011

One of the newer MCC producers. 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay. Have a 28-ha farm of which...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWalker Bay

ColourRosé

ABV11.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeDDD411

GrapeChardonnay

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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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Cederberg, V Generations Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017

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Cederberg, V Generations Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017

There's usually only around 500 dozen released of David Nieuwoudt's top red, based on...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED917

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon

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Doring Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2019

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Doring Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2019

Doring Bay is the second line of Fryer's Cove. An intense, green-fruited and zippy...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRY319

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Brut, Claudia, South Africa, 2013

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Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Brut, Claudia, South Africa, 2013

"This South African wine may taste slightly more like a sparkling Chardonnay than...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionElgin

ColourWhite

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeDDD413

GrapeChardonnay & Pinot Noir

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Six Hats, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2019

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Six Hats, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2019

Six hats is the Piekenierskloof estate's second, Fairtrade label, including fruit not just...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeSIX119

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2019

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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2019

Please note this is NOT the wine recommended by Jancis Robinson in the FT on the 12th of...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionPiekenierskloof

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePIK619

GrapeCinsault

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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Noir, 2019

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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Noir, 2019

Piekenierskloof has more Grenache planted than any other estate in the Cape - that's why...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionPiekenierskloof

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePIK819

GrapeGrenache

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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2017

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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2017

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

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCeres

ColourWhite

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeKOE117

GrapeChardonnay

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Koelfontein, Shiraz, Ceres, 2018

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Koelfontein, Shiraz, Ceres, 2018

This terrific Shiraz, given 20 months in new French barrels, is spectacular and has garnered a...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCeres

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeKOE618

GrapeShiraz

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Vriesenhof, Pinotage, Stellenbosch, 2017

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Vriesenhof, Pinotage, Stellenbosch, 2017

Pinotage, a grape created in the Cape in 1925 as a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is a...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionStellenbosch

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeVRI317

GrapePinotage

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MAGNUM Cederberg, Shiraz, Cederberg, 2016

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MAGNUM Cederberg, Shiraz, Cederberg, 2016

David Nieuwoudt's's 2016 Shiraz won a slew of awards: SAwi (South African Wine index)...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Magnum150cl

CodeCED416

GrapeShiraz

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Vriesenhof, Kallista, Stellenbosch, 2016

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Vriesenhof, Kallista, Stellenbosch, 2016

A beautiful Bordeaux blend given ageing in plenty of new barrels, 40% Cabernet Franc, 35%...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCeres

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVRI416

GrapeCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations Crane Red, Merlot, Robertson, 2019 (Screwcap)

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations Crane Red, Merlot, Robertson, 2019 (Screwcap)

From a vineyard with a high clay content which suits Merlot. It’s always made in a slightly...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV419

GrapeMerlot

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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, Piekenierskloof, 2019

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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Blanc, Piekenierskloof, 2019

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

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionPiekenierskloof

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75

CodePIK119

GrapeGrenache Blanc

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