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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Vriesenhof, Limited Release Red Blend, 2018

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Vriesenhof, Limited Release Red Blend, 2018

Vriesenhof only occasionally releases this wine, made with some components left out of the...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionStellenbosch

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVRI518

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Badenhorst, Raaigras Grenache, 2019

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Badenhorst, Raaigras Grenache, 2019
Badenhorst, Raaigras Grenache, 2019

A fabulous (and all too rare) new world Grenache. Soft and pale (Grenache is not a deeply...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD719

GrapeGrenache

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Badenhorst, Dassiekop Steen, 2019

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Badenhorst, Dassiekop Steen, 2019

Dassiekop literally translates as the hill of the dassies, the furry and friendly little rock...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD419

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Vriesenhof, Conservation Collection Pinotage, NV

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Vriesenhof, Conservation Collection Pinotage, NV

This is an unusual wine - in that it's a cross vintage blend of 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionStellenbosch

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVRI218

GrapePinotage

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Goedverwacht, J & G Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson 2020

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Goedverwacht, J & G Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson 2020

Here's a pure Cape Cabernet, showing a whiff of smokey oak (from eight months in barrel)...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV320

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon

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Goedverwacht Great Expectations, Chenin Blanc, Robertson, 2020

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Goedverwacht Great Expectations, Chenin Blanc, Robertson, 2020

A fruity, easy-drinking Cape Chenin from the Du Toits at Goedverwacht (which tranlates loosely...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV720

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Fryer's Cove, Pinot Noir, Bamboes Bay, 2019

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Fryer's Cove, Pinot Noir, Bamboes Bay, 2019

From this isolated, calcareous vineyard on the cold Atlantic shore. Attractively early-maturing...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRY619

GrapePinot Noir

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2020

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2020

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

CodeBAD120

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2018

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Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2018

"Between 14 and 17 vineyards - Adi Badenhorst can't quite remember - go into this...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCoastal

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD318

GrapeChenin Blanc 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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Chamonix, Troika, Franschhoek, 2017

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Chamonix, Troika, Franschhoek, 2017

51% Cabernet Franc, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% each of Merlot and Petit Verdot: 18 months in...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionFranschhoek

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCHX217

GrapeCabernet Blend

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Chamonix, Chardonnay Reserve, Franschhoek, 2018

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Chamonix, Chardonnay Reserve, Franschhoek, 2018

The recently installed winemaker at Chamonix, Niel Bruwer, has pulled the wines here back into...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionFranschhoek

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCHX718

GrapeChardonnay

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Chamonix, Pinot Noir Reserve, Franschhoek, 2018

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Chamonix, Pinot Noir Reserve, Franschhoek, 2018

This is always a big framed wine, built to last. Given 16 months in barrel, about 60% new oak,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionFranschhoek

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCHX318

GrapePinot Noir

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

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

From an extraordinary, isolated 6 hectare vineyard on limestone subsoils just 800 metres from...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionBamboes Bay

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRY120

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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Blankbottle, Moment of Silence, Wellington, 2020

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Blankbottle, Moment of Silence, Wellington, 2020

Moment of Silence (or MoS for short) is always the best value wine in Pieter Walser's...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWellington

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBBO120

GrapeChenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc & Viognier

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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, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2020

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2020

Our favourite wine at this estate - and one which has become more and more popular, even to the...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV120

GrapeChardonnay

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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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Cederberg, Bukettraube, Cederberg, 2020

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Cederberg, Bukettraube, Cederberg, 2020

Bukettraube, a 19th century German cross between Silvaner and the obscure Schiva Grossa, is...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED320

GrapeBukettraube

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Cederberg, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cederberg, 2018

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Cederberg, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cederberg, 2018

In the cool mountain vineyards Cabernet enjoys a long ripening period, excellent for aromatics....

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED718

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon

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

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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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Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2019

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Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2019

Twelve selected barrels were used to produce 1000 cases of the estate's top Chenin - always...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED519

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Chamonix, Cabernet Franc, Franschhoek, 2018

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Chamonix, Cabernet Franc, Franschhoek, 2018

New winemaker Niel Bruwer has upped the game at Chamonix: this is brilliant. Fabulous floral...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionFranschhoek

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCHX518

GrapeCabernet Franc

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Doring Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2020

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Doring Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2020

Doring Bay is the second line of Fryer’s Cove, based on their cool coastal fruit. Open...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeDOR120

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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Cederberg, Shiraz, 2018

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Cederberg, Shiraz, 2018

Medium Bodied

Cederberg, Shiraz, 2018

David's Shiraz is unfailingly spectacular: given plenty of extraction and 60% new oak,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED818

GrapeShiraz

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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...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionHemel-en-Aarde

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeDDD117

GrapeChardonnay

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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2020

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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2020

From vines planted in 1976; half aged in tank and half in old oak. Like all the best Cinsault,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionPiekenierskloof

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePIK620

GrapeCinsault

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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Noir, 2020

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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Noir, 2020

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

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionPiekenierskloof

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePIK820

GrapeGrenache

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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...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCeres

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeKOE119

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, Grenache / Shiraz / Mourvèdre, Stellenbosch 2018

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Vriesenhof, Grenache / Shiraz / Mourvèdre, Stellenbosch 2018

46% Grenache, 35% Shiraz and 19% Mourvèdre, given nine months in old oak. Traditionally framed...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionStellenbosch

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVRI118

GrapeGrenache, Shiraz & Mourvedre

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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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Old Road Wine, Grand-mere, Semillon, 2017

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Old Road Wine, Grand-mere, Semillon, 2017

Produced from vines planted in 1936 at 350m above sea level this is a superb Semillon. The age...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionStellenbosch

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeORW117

GrapeSemillon

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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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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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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...

Our Rating

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...

Our Rating

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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Piekenierskloof, Stonedance, Granite White, Swartland, 2020

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

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeSTO120

GrapeChenin Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay

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Piekenierskloof, Stonedance, Hutton Red, Swartland, 2019

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Piekenierskloof, Stonedance, Hutton Red, Swartland, 2019

A pleasing blend of Shiraz and Grenache. The nose has a pretty, cherry quality. On the palate,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeSTO619

GrapeShiraz & Grenache

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Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2020

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Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2020

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

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75

CodeCED620

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations Crane Red, Merlot, Robertson, 2019

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations Crane Red, Merlot, Robertson, 2019

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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