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Cape Wildlife

A mixed case containing twelve different bottles, five whites, one fizz and six reds, with at least 10% off our bottle prices. 

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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 and vegetal rather than fruity." GV Drink 16/20 2020-2022, Jancis Robinson, May 2021
Although there is no mention on the label, this is about two thirds from the young Sauvignon parcels at Cederberg, plus a third from the Ghost Corner vineyards at Elim – hence the gannet on the label. Owner David Nieuwoudt told me how a previous vintage, tasted blind in a large line-up, had been...

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ColourWhite

RegionWestern Cape

GrowerCederberg

Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc

Vintage2020

ABV13%

Bottle75

CodeCED620

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Cederberg

South Africa

The redoubtable David Nieuwoudt took over the Cederberg estate from his father in 1997.

We first visited David in 2003, when he was in the midst of his planting programme, and have worked with him ever since then.

The Cederberg vineyards here are 1100-1150 metres up in the Cederberg mountains, most of them on dramatic shale slopes. Good natural rainfall,...

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Sauvignon Blanc

Origins      

  • Probably in Bordeaux region
  • Parent of red grape Cabernet Sauvignon (established by DNA analysis)

Characteristics

  • Vigorous plant, so can be too leafy and overproductive
  • Aromas and flavours described as: herbaceous, grassy and nettley; Gooseberries; but can also show more tropical fruits...
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Jancis Robinson

We get super excited when Jancis Robinson (or one of her team) write about our wine!

Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.

She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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Piekenierskloof, Stonedance, Granite White, Swartland, 2020

"Notably friendly and welcoming with sufficient acidity and a great retro label. Though only very vaguely reminiscent of the classic old-vine Chenins of Swartland (which are, admittedly, very much more expensive)."  15.5/20. Jancis Robinson, May 2021
Look at this – a Swartland Chenin blend for less than 10 pounds a bottle!  Stonedance is a subsidiary label of Piekenierskloof and they have just launched this unoaked white, from 85% Chenin Blanc with 10% Viognier and 5%...

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ColourWhite

RegionSwartland

GrowerPiekenierskloof

Grape VarietyChenin Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay

Vintage2020

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeSTO120

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Piekenierskloof

South Africa

For years I had been hearing about Piekenierskloof – not as a wine producer but as a source of grapes for numerous other winemakers, young and old.

I didn’t realise that Piekenierskloof wasn’t just a ward (the smallest geographical unit in the South African regional classification) but one large estate, formerly a...

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Jancis Robinson

We get super excited when Jancis Robinson (or one of her team) write about our wine!

Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.

She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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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 eclectic zoo of mad and bad blends. Chenin Blanc from four different sites, plus Grenache Blanc and Viognier, barrel-fermented and aged on the lees for a year. Bold, full-flavoured and concentrated, intensely stone-fruited with a hint of honey and caramelised lemon, cream, nuts and an element of minerality. Now-2024


ColourWhite

RegionWellington

GrowerBlankbottle

Grape VarietyChenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc & Viognier

Vintage2020

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBBO120

Our Rating

Dry, Rich

Dry > Sweet

Blankbottle

Blankbottle Wines

Somerset West, South Africa

Pieter is the renaissance man of wine: inspired grape alchemist, entrepreneur, printmaker, star of social media, and officially the 2nd best winemaking surfer in the Cape in 2014.

He is truly one of the leaders of the new wave of young South African producers. Perhaps his greatest talent is his ability to find new and...

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Chenin Blanc

Origins

  • Anjou in the Loire, where documented in the 9thC
  • Also known as Pineau in the Loire, Steen in South Africa

Characteristics   

  • Naturally productive and high yielding
  • Huge range of styles:  bone dry (e.g. Savennières); off-dry (e.g. old fashioned South African "Steen"); medium dry (e.g....
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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 from about seven months on its lees. This is just so creamy and textured for the price. Sunnily exotic fruit - tangerines, lime, and orange peel - with nuances of cashew nut and marzipan. Could easily be served with chicken, strongly-flavoured seafood, or just enjoyed as an aperitif. Now-2022


ColourWhite

RegionSwartland

GrowerBadenhorst

Grape VarietyChenin Blanc

Vintage2019

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeBAD120

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Badenhorst Family Wines

Swartland, South Africa

We met Adi Badenhorst when he was making great wines at Rustenberg, and we have been shipping bottles from the family-owned vineyards at Kalmoesfontein farm on the Paardeberg for so many years that we still remember the days of bats nesting in the bedrooms and the resident Cape Cobra that lived behind one of the fermentation tanks!

The farm is now a...

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Chenin Blanc

Origins

  • Anjou in the Loire, where documented in the 9thC
  • Also known as Pineau in the Loire, Steen in South Africa

Characteristics   

  • Naturally productive and high yielding
  • Huge range of styles:  bone dry (e.g. Savennières); off-dry (e.g. old fashioned South African "Steen"); medium dry (e.g....
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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 champagne but look at the price! It's an absolute charmer and a total bargain for a wine that was aged for nearly five years (much longer than most champagnes)", Jancis Robinson, Christmas wine, in the FT Weekend magazine, 28th November 2020.
On jancisrobinson.com her review is as follows:"Dom des Dieux, Claudia, Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2013 Cape South Coast 81% Chardonnay, 19%...

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ColourWhite

StyleSparkling

RegionElgin

GrowerDomaine des Dieux

Grape VarietyChardonnay & Pinot Noir

Vintage2013

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

DietaryVegan

CodeDDD413

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Domaine des Dieux

Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, which translates as Heaven on Earth, rises prettily from just west of Hermanus.

When we first visited in 2003 the wineries, notably Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson, were all in the lower part of the valley, but more recently plantings at the top of the valley - higher, drier, with warmer...

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most-widely planted varieties in the world.

Arguably not the most characterful grape, hence its common ageing in oak, yet at its pinnacle in Burgundy it produces some of the greatest (and certainly most expensive) white wines in the world. Look out for unoaked Chardonnay, it can make a pleasant change, and usually goes down very well with all those people who...

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Jancis Robinson

We get super excited when Jancis Robinson (or one of her team) write about our wine!

Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.

She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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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) over black fruit. With lots of flesh, mildly bittersweet black fruit and negligible tannin, it's juicy, vital and approachable. Now-2023
This is the first time we have shipped this wine, a bottling of just nine barrels (so about 3,300 bottles).  The J G on the stands for Jan and Gawie, Du Toit father and son, owners of this (for us) large estate in Robertson, with some 180 hectares of...

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ColourRed

RegionRobertson

Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon

Vintage2020

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeGDV320

Our Rating

Medium bodied

Light > Full

Cabernet Sauvignon

The most prestigious red grape?

Origins

  • Bordeaux region, as a natural cross of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc (established 1997 by DNA analysis)
  • Was known as Vidure or Petit-Vidure
  • Spread throughout left bank of Bordeaux, supplanting white grapes

Characteristics   

  • Fairly easy to grow: hardy, buds...
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Vriesenhof, Limited Release Red Blend, 2018

Vriesenhof only occasionally releases this wine, made with some components left out of the final selection of their top Bordeaux-style red, Kallista. It’s a gutsy blend of Merlot, Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon and some Petit Verdot, at a nice stage of evolution, with hints of violets, leather and spice over raspberries and blackberries. Plenty of flesh and grip for keeping. Perfumed aromatics. Absolutely in the Bordeaux idiom but with new world generosity - perfect for those who enjoy a...

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ColourRed

RegionStellenbosch

GrowerVriesenhof

Vintage2018

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVRI518

Our Rating

Medium bodied

Light > Full

Vriesenhof

Stellenbosch, South Africa

To visit Vriesenhof is to spend time with a Cape legend. 

Founder, owner and cellar master is Jan ‘Boland’ Coetzee. Son of a west coast farmer, in the 1970s he was simultaneously both a Springbok under Doc Craven and winemaker at Kanonkop.

In 1980 he bought his own farm on the windy slopes of Paradyskloof on the southern...

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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 based on Cinsault (backed by Grenache and Shiraz), just rounded by time in large, old oak vats. The Cinsault makes this so easy drinking, with pretty red fruit backed by savoury and spice notes. Adi says "we’ve turned the Red Blend a bit upside down…Why? Because Cinsault is a fabulous grape and always a pleasure to drink". Now-2022
After many years as the chief winemaker at...

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ColourRed

RegionSwartland

GrowerBadenhorst

Grape VarietyCinsault blend

Vintage2019

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeBAD619

Our Rating

Light-Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Badenhorst Family Wines

Swartland, South Africa

We met Adi Badenhorst when he was making great wines at Rustenberg, and we have been shipping bottles from the family-owned vineyards at Kalmoesfontein farm on the Paardeberg for so many years that we still remember the days of bats nesting in the bedrooms and the resident Cape Cobra that lived behind one of the fermentation tanks!

The farm is now a...

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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, this exudes that lovely perfume composed of floral notes and ripe berries. Velvety, showing vivid strawberry fruit, bright and not in the least jammy. Juicy, persistent, with a little tannin; this combines the best of sunny new world fruit with old world refinement. Now-2024How we came to work with Piekenierskloof: For years I had been hearing about Piekenierskloof - not as a wine producer but as a...

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ColourRed

RegionPiekenierskloof

GrowerPiekenierskloof

Grape VarietyCinsault

Vintage2020

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePIK620

Our Rating

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Piekenierskloof

South Africa

For years I had been hearing about Piekenierskloof – not as a wine producer but as a source of grapes for numerous other winemakers, young and old.

I didn’t realise that Piekenierskloof wasn’t just a ward (the smallest geographical unit in the South African regional classification) but one large estate, formerly a...

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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 2019. It's the last wine made from old bush vines planted in 1976, now being grubbed up. Typical Pinotage cooked fruit aromas, with hints of leather and green pepper. Bright red fruit, enlivened by decent cut, with smoky and creamy touches. A great wine for curries and spicy red meat dishes - with the benefit of a charitable donation to rhinoceros conservation too. Now-2024
To visit...

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ColourRed

RegionStellenbosch

GrowerVriesenhof

Grape VarietyPinotage

VintageNV

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeVRI218

Our Rating

Medium bodied

Light > Full

Vriesenhof

Stellenbosch, South Africa

To visit Vriesenhof is to spend time with a Cape legend. 

Founder, owner and cellar master is Jan ‘Boland’ Coetzee. Son of a west coast farmer, in the 1970s he was simultaneously both a Springbok under Doc Craven and winemaker at Kanonkop.

In 1980 he bought his own farm on the windy slopes of Paradyskloof on the southern...

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Pinotage

Pinotage: a living national treasure or "the only grape variety which is carcinogenic"?

Pinotage is the one original South African grape, developed by Abraham Perold in Stellenbosch in 1925 by crossing Pinot Noir and Cinsault, then known as Hermitage.

It has the acidity of the former parent and the warm generosity of the latter. South Africans can’t make up...

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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 is getting more refined: the 2015 is certainly the best vintage we have tasted. French oak, about 28% new. This is a rich, velvety example, with overt raspberry and cherry fruit, wrapped in coffee-scented oak. Fine acid spine. Terrific aromatics on a long finish. Classy and complete. Now-2023
The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, which translates as Heaven on Earth, rises prettily from just west of...

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ColourRed

RegionHemel-en-Aarde

GrowerDomaine des Dieux

Grape VarietyPinot Noir

Vintage2015

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

DietaryVegan

CodeDDD615

Our Rating

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Domaine des Dieux

Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, which translates as Heaven on Earth, rises prettily from just west of Hermanus.

When we first visited in 2003 the wineries, notably Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson, were all in the lower part of the valley, but more recently plantings at the top of the valley - higher, drier, with warmer...

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir  

Origins       

  • Ancient vine, perhaps 2,000 years old

Distant origins in France - first documented mention in France in 1375

Characteristics   

  • Finicky grape: notoriously difficult to grow (which is partly why it is hugely intriguing to New World...
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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 butter and citrus aromas. Lime and melon, well-knit, with dairy and nutty accents. Fresh finish. Delivers a lot for the price. Now-2023I discovered the Koelfontein Chardonnay a few years ago by ordering a delicious bottle on the terrace of The Tulbagh hotel. I had never heard of it - nor indeed any wine estate in Ceres, which is much better known as a fruit growing centre. The Conradie family, the...

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ColourWhite

RegionCeres

GrowerKoelfontein

Grape VarietyChardonnay

Vintage2019

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeKOE119

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Koelfontein

Ceres

I discovered the Koelfontein Chardonnay a couple of years ago by ordering a delicious bottle on the terrace of The Tulbagh hotel.

I had never heard of it – nor indeed any wine estate in Ceres, which is much better known as a fruit growing centre. The Conradie family, the seventh generation farmers who own Koelfontein, have abundant orchards, but they also own the...

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most-widely planted varieties in the world.

Arguably not the most characterful grape, hence its common ageing in oak, yet at its pinnacle in Burgundy it produces some of the greatest (and certainly most expensive) white wines in the world. Look out for unoaked Chardonnay, it can make a pleasant change, and usually goes down very well with all those people who...

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Cape Wildlife

A mixed case containing twelve different bottles, five whites, one fizz and six reds, with at least 10% off our bottle prices. 

SVS continues to provide an excellent selection of wine from many countries, a vast selection of varieties, and all at a reasonable cost. I have been a customer for over 17 years and I have always enjoyed any wine which I have purchased.

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Stone, Vine & Sun have provided consistently excellent and interesting wine across my wine budget for over 8 years, They are an exemplary example of what a wine merchant should be: approachable and unpretentiously expert. 100% recommend you try them.

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Our favourite wine merchant never fails to delight. Delicious wines at every price point - including a few gems below £10 in our favourites list. We’ve really enjoyed the sun case as an easy way to be introduced to new wines which we’ve then reordered. Friendly informative service completes the package.

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