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, 2016

    Product Code: BAD116

    Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2016

    “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...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Swartland
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Badenhorst Family White, Coastal Region, 2014

    Product Code: BAD314

    Badenhorst Family White, Coastal Region, 2014

    “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, 2014

    Product Code: CHX614

    Chamonix, Reserve White, Franschhoek, 2014

    “55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon. 10% of the Sauvignon is whole-bunch fermented 'Maceration Carbonique' and matured in oak. The wine of...”

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    Dry

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

    Product Code: CHX715

    Chamonix, Chardonnay Reserve, Franschhoek, 2015

    “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: 13.5%
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  • Fryer's Cove, Sauvignon Blanc, Bamboes Bay, 2016

    Product Code: FRY116

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

    “This is brilliantly intense. A little tight on the nose - but opens out superbly and the palate shows a terrific cocktail of ripe citrus and...”

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    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, Semillon, Durbanville, 2015

    Product Code: NIT115

    Nitida, Semillon, Durbanville, 2015

    “Nitida, near Cape Town on the Atlantic-influenced west coast, is well-known for growing high quality Semillon: half of this wine is barrel fermented,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Durbanville
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Nitida, Coronata Integration, Durbanville, 2014

    Product Code: NIT314

    Nitida, Coronata Integration, Durbanville, 2014

    “This won the top Platter 5 star award, described thus in the 2016 Platter’s guide: "Smooth, silky 14 combines barrelfermented sémillon (60%)...”

    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, Unoaked Chardonnay, Franschhoek, 2016

    Product Code: CHX916

    Chamonix, Unoaked Chardonnay, Franschhoek, 2016

    “Chamonix’s unoaked Chardonnay, crafted using only wild yeasts, always shows splendid weight and character.”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Franschhoek
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Ataraxia, Chardonnay, Western Cape, 2014

    Product Code: ATA114

    Ataraxia, Chardonnay, 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, 2016

    Product Code: BBO116

    BLANKbottle, Moment of Silence, Wellington, 2016

    “The latest vintage of this highly popular wine. It’s a blend of Chenin Blanc from four different sites, plus Grenache Blanc and Viognier (so...”

    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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  • Cape Heights, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2016

    Product Code: CAH116

    Cape Heights, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2016

    “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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  • Nitida, Riesling, Durbanville, 2015

    Product Code: NIT415

    Nitida, Riesling, Durbanville, 2015

    “Wow - this Riesling is a new wine for us, but we were knocked out by this example: if it came from Alsace or Germany it would be £14-17.00 a bottle.”

    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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  • Lemberg, Harslevelu,Tulbagh 2013

    Product Code: LEM813

    Lemberg, Harslevelu,Tulbagh 2013

    “A tiny production wine " we have taken nearly a fifth of the bottles" this is made in a deliberately oxydised style, aged in 500litre...”

    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 2013

    Product Code: DDD113

    Domaine des Dieux, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde 2013

    “This is the second vintage we have shipped of this terrific Chardonnay from a prime site on the Hemel-en-Aarde ridge. It's just come 18th in a...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Hemel-en-Aarde
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Cape Atlantic, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2016

    Product Code: CED616

    Cape Atlantic, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2016

    “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: 12.5%
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  • Cape Heights Viognier Western Cape 2016

    Product Code: CAH316

    Cape Heights Viognier Western Cape 2016

    “From fruit grown on granite-based soils around Worcester, a warm zone perfect for ripening Viognier at the high yield necessary for this price. Open,...”

    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%
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  • Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2016

    Product Code: GDV116

    Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2016

    “We have not shipped this wine for years, but were impressed by the balance between ripe fruit, a little oak flavour, and excellent freshness. Gently...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Robertson
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Ridgeback Lionhound White, Paarl, 2015

    Product Code: RIG415

    Ridgeback Lionhound White, Paarl, 2015

    “A blend of halves of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier – which makes perfect sense as the bite of the Sauvignon combines well with the weight and stone...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Paarl
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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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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  • The Fledge & Co, Vagabond, Western Cape, 2014

    Product Code: FLE114

    The Fledge & Co, Vagabond, Western Cape, 2014

    “60% Viognier from the Klein Karoo with 40% Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc, barrel fermented: the Viognier offers delightful scents of pure apricots with...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Western Cape
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • The Fledge & Co Klipspringer, Swartland, 2014

    Product Code: FLE314

    The Fledge & Co Klipspringer, Swartland, 2014

    “From old bushvine Chenin Blanc, grown on the Paardeberg in Swartland on decomposed granite – unoaked, but given lengthy ageing on the lees. We like...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Swartland
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Cederberg, Bukettraube, Cederberg, 2016

    Product Code: CED316

    Cederberg, Bukettraube, Cederberg, 2016

    “"Cederberg produce a well-made, exotically-fruited version with around 25g/l residual sugar", Jancis Robinson , Wine Grapes, 2012. I...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Cederberg
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Blankbottle Dok, Elgin 2014

    Product Code: BBO414

    Blankbottle Dok, Elgin 2014

    “Winemaker Pieter Walser says: "This is the 3rd vintage of DOK, and I am so sorry to say, also the last. This white blend made of mainly Weisser...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Elgin
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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