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, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2017

    Product Code: BAD117

    Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2017

    “From old - largely planted in the 1960s - vines on Adi Badenhorst’s family farm on the Paardebeerg, plus fruit from a neighbour. About 10% goes...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Swartland
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • 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,...”

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    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, Reserve White, Franschhoek, 2015

    Product Code: CHX615

    Chamonix, Reserve White, Franschhoek, 2015

    “Top Bordeaux-style blend, 79% Sauvignon Blanc and 21% Sémillon, barrel fermented, then into French barrels, 40% new. Lime and passion-fruit, already...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Franschhoek
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Chamonix, Chardonnay Reserve, Franschhoek, 2016

    Product Code: CHX716

    Chamonix, Chardonnay Reserve, Franschhoek, 2016

    “A 2017 Platter Wine Guide 5 star winner, again confirming this as one of the Cape’s top Chardonnays. From vines at 400-500m up, the fruit is all...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Franschhoek
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Fryer's Cove, Sauvignon Blanc, Bamboes Bay, 2016

    Product Code: FRY116

    Fryer's Cove, Sauvignon Blanc, Bamboes Bay, 2016

    “"The Fryer’s Cove Sauvignon, made with grapes that are grown right on the Atlantic Ocean, is always released a little later. It’s an...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry, Crisp

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Bamboes Bay
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Nitida, Coronata Integration, Durbanville, 2014

    Product Code: NIT314

    Nitida, Coronata Integration, Durbanville, 2014

    “Nitida’s vineyards are at Durbanville, just on the north side of Cape Town. With its southern latitude, the chilly Atlantic just 9 kms away and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Durbanville
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Chamonix, Reserve Chardonnay, Franschhoek, 2015

    Product Code: CHX715

    Chamonix, Reserve Chardonnay, Franschhoek, 2015

    “You won’t often see this amazing wine in a sale but we have shipped the 2016 vintage at £25.50. 2017 Platter Wine Guide 5 star winner. Mid weight,...”

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    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 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Wellington
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • BLANKbottle, Epileptic Inspiration, Elgin, 2016

    Product Code: BBO216

    BLANKbottle, Epileptic Inspiration, Elgin, 2016

    “It is perhaps best to let Pieter Walser introduce this wine:”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Elgin
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Cape Heights, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2017

    Product Code: CAH117

    Cape Heights, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2017

    “A revelation: winemaker Marinda Kruger Van Eck sources dry-farmed bush-vine Chenin from Paardeberg, Paarl and the Drakenstein area, and makes a...”

    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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  • Lemberg, Harslevelu,Tulbagh 2013

    Product Code: LEM813

    Lemberg, Harslevelu,Tulbagh 2013

    “Crafted in a deliberately oxydative style, aged in 500 litre French barrels. Apple skin fragrance, and a complex, pungent and savoury palate with...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Tulbagh
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Domaine des Dieux, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2014

    Product Code: DDD114

    Domaine des Dieux, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2014

    “A full-flavoured, perfectly-ready-to-drink, barrel-fermented and aged (about 30% new oak) Chardonnay of concentration and length. Gold medal in the...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Hemel-en-Aarde
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Cape Atlantic, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2017

    Product Code: CED617

    Cape Atlantic, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2017

    “This is David Niewoudt's 2nd label: the wine is from the young Sauvignon parcels at two cool-climate sites: the Cederberg estate, 3000 feet up...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    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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  • Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2017

    Product Code: GDV117

    Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2017

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

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    Dry

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Robertson
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Cape Rock White, Olifants River, 2016

    Product Code: CAP116

    Cape Rock White, Olifants River, 2016

    “Cape Rock is the creation of Gavin Brand, a mildly introverted and modest landscape architect in Cape Town. His family’s 11 hectare farm is near...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Olifants River
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 11.5%
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  • Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2015

    Product Code: CHX515

    Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2015

    “Usually about six barrels only of the estate’s top Chenin - and one of the best in the Cape - concentrated, quite oaky in youth, but delivering...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Cederberg
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Doring Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2017

    Product Code: FRY317

    Doring Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2017

    “The second line (with an artful tin can label) of classy seaside winery Fryer’s Cove: an intense, green-fruited and zippy SB based on their cool...”

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    Off-dry

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