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, 2019 (Screwcap)

    Product Code: BAD119

    Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2019 (Screwcap)

    “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...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    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, 2017

    Product Code: BAD317

    Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2017

    “The target is consistent, a densely textured, complex wine, based on fruit from the family vineyards on the Paardeberg: in this vintage 32% Chenin...”

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    Dry, Rich

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Coastal
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Chamonix, Reserve White, Franschhoek, 2015

    Product Code: CHX615

    Chamonix, Reserve White, Franschhoek, 2015

    “From 79% Sauvignon Blanc and 21% Sémillon. Assured winemaking: all barrel fermented (about 10% of the Sauvignon whole bunch fermented); then into...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    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

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

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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, 2017

    Product Code: FRY117

    Fryer's Cove, Sauvignon Blanc, Bamboes Bay, 2017

    “A Cape Pouilly-Fumé - an intense mouthful of gooseberry and passion-fruit, checked by crisp minerality. Some tasters may taste salt in this wine -...”

    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: 14.12%
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  • Ghost Corner, Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc, Elim, 2018 (Screwcap)

    Product Code: CED418

    Ghost Corner, Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc, Elim, 2018 (Screwcap)

    “From vines on slate, koffieklip and gravel at cool Cape Agulhas, this is David’s top Sauvignon: the 2017 vintage won the Sauvignon Blanc trophy in...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Elim
    • 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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  • BLANKbottle, Epileptic Inspiration, Western Cape, 2018

    Product Code: BBO218

    BLANKbottle, Epileptic Inspiration, Western Cape, 2018

    “The name refers to Pieter’s epilepsy: after a bad fit in 2013 Pieter found himself lacking any short-term memory, and thus robbed of the cares of...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Western Cape
    • 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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  • Badenhorst Family Wines, Papegaai, Palomino / Semillon, Western Cape, 2019 (Screwcap)

    Product Code: BAD219

    Badenhorst Family Wines, Papegaai, Palomino / Semillon, Western Cape, 2019 (Screwcap)

    “By European standards this is a strange blend: the Spanish Palomino grape, known for sherry; with Semillon, best known for dry and late harvest wines...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Western Cape
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Cape Atlantic, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2019 (Screwcap)

    Product Code: CED619

    Cape Atlantic, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2019 (Screwcap)

    “We are the sole importers of this brilliantly charged and zippy SB, made by top Cape winemaker David Nieuwoudt at Cederberg. Although there is no...”

    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, 2019 (Screwcap)

    Product Code: GDV119

    Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2019 (Screwcap)

    “Our favourite wine at this estate - and one which has become more and more popular, even to the point of us selling it to some smart restaurants - is...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Robertson
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.8%
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  • Cederberg, Bukettraube, Cederberg, 2019 (Screwcap)

    Product Code: CED319

    Cederberg, Bukettraube, Cederberg, 2019 (Screwcap)

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

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Off dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Cederberg
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2018

    Product Code: CED518

    Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2018

    “Twelve selected barrels were used to produce 1000 cases of the estate’s top Chenin – always one of the best in the Cape. Concentrated, quite oaky...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry, Rich

    Rated 3 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, 2019 (Screwcap)

    Product Code: FRY319

    Doring Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2019 (Screwcap)

    “Doring Bay is the second line of Fryer’s Cove. An intense, green-fruited and zippy example, based on their cool coastal fruit, punchy and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Western Cape
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Domaine des Dieux, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2016

    Product Code: DDD116

    Domaine des Dieux, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2016

    “Lovely bright hue – does it have a hint of green? As ever, rich and opulent, showing lime and cream, whilst restrained by a chalky note. In short:...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Hemel-en-Aarde
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Six Hats, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2019 (Screwcap)

    Product Code: SIX119

    Six Hats, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2019 (Screwcap)

    “Six hats is the estate’s second, Fairtrade label, including fruit not just from the estate but from farmers near Malmesbury too. This is such 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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  • Piekenierskloof, Grenache Blanc, 2018

    Product Code: PIK118

    Piekenierskloof, Grenache Blanc, 2018

    “Largely from very low-yields (in the drought year) from bush vines planted in 1987 on koffieklip (ferricrete, a sedimentary rock widely distributed...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Piekenierskloof
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2017

    Product Code: KOE117

    Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2017

    “From a block planted in 1987, and about 1/3 matured in new barrels, 2/3 second fill. Opulent, exotic, full-on example – an old-fashioned Cape...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Ceres
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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