South Africa

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.

South Africa

  • Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2016

    Product Code: BAD316

    Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2016

    “This is the top white blend made by Adi Badenhorst, hirsute parrot breeder and winemaking genius. The target is consistent, a densely textured,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Coastal
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Chamonix, Chardonnay Reserve, Franschhoek, 2016

    Product Code: CHX716

    Chamonix, Chardonnay Reserve, Franschhoek, 2016

    “This seems more restrained than past vintages - more sophisticated? Aromas of high quality barrels and stone fruit. Creamy volume and richness. So...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Franschhoek
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Ataraxia, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Western Cape, 2014

    Product Code: ATA114

    Ataraxia, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Western Cape, 2014

    “Now sourced entirely from cool-climate sites in Hemel-enAarde, picked in late March, barrel-fermented, and aged in 26% new French barrels, 74% second...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry, Full Bodied

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Western Cape
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Blankbottle, Moment of Silence, Wellington, 2017

    Product Code: BBO117

    Blankbottle, Moment of Silence, Wellington, 2017

    “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...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry, Rich

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Wellington
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Cape Heights, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2018 (screwcap)

    Product Code: CAH118

    Cape Heights, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2018 (screwcap)

    “Surprisingly good at the price: winemaker Marinda Kruger Van Eck sources dry-farmed bush-vine Chenin from Paardeberg, Paarl and the Drakenstein area,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Western Cape
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Cape Atlantic, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2018 (screwcap)

    Product Code: CED618

    Cape Atlantic, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2018 (screwcap)

    “We are the sole importers of this brilliantly charged and zippy SB. It’s made by top Cape winemaker David Niewoudt from the young Sauvignon parcels...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Western Cape
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2018

    Product Code: GDV118

    Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2018

    “From the Goedverwacht estate, very lightly oaked, gently creamy, with lime and melon flavours and a vanilla hint, this is a very correct,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Robertson
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2016

    Product Code: CED516

    Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2016

    “Just seven barrels this vintage of the estate’s top Chenin – always one of the best in the Cape, attested by this vintage being a Platter five...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Cederberg
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Doring Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2017 (screwcap)

    Product Code: FRY317

    Doring Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2017 (screwcap)

    “Doring Bay is the second line (with an artful tin can label, a nod to the winery’s location inside a former canning factory) of Fryer’s Cove. An...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Western Cape
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
    More Info

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