Fryer's Cove

Bamboes Bay, South Africa

On the outskirts of Strandfontein, a peaceful village on the Atlantic coast 300 kilometres north of Cape Town, lies a lonely 6 hectare vineyard just 800 metres from the Atlantic Ocean.

How it came to be there is a remarkable story. Viticulturist Jan "Ponk" van Zyl knew this area from his experience at the nearby Vredendal co-op, and wanted to try to plant cool-climate varieties.

He knew the micro-climate was extraordinary: very often the vines here are blanketed in a thick sea-fog, whilst only a few kilometers away inland the sun may be shining and the temperature torrid.

He knew too that there was limestone - ideal for both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir - under the top-soil. He then had to negotiate with a bunch of farmers to pipe in water from the Olifants river 29 kilometres away in order to establish the vines.

The last step in 2010 was the conversion of a former fish processing factory on the dockside in nearby Doring Bay to the only seawater-cooled winery we ship from!

Ponk’s persistence has paid off. The quality of their wines and the distinctive nature of their terroir has already demanded that the estate should have its own tiny, but official, geographical ward, Bamboes Bay. The second label here, including some bought in fruit, is Doring Bay

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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...

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRY619

GrapePinot Noir

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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...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionBamboes Bay

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRY117

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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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...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionBamboes Bay

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRY120

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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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...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeDOR120

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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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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