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.

Piekenierskloof, Heirloom White, 2022

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Piekenierskloof, Heirloom White, 2022

A brilliant example of what is arguably the Cape’s most exciting and individual style, the...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionPiekenierskloof

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodePIK322

GrapeChenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc & Chardonnay

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Badenhorst, Dassiekop Steen, 2019

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Tim Aktin
Badenhorst, Dassiekop Steen, 2019

Dassiekop literally translates as the hill of the dassies, the furry and friendly little rock...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD419

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Cederberg, Sauvignon Blanc, Cederberg, 2022

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Cederberg, Sauvignon Blanc, Cederberg, 2022

David Niewoudt at Cederberg like to make wine reductively, avoiding any exposure of the juice...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED222

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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Cederberg, Chenin Blanc, Cederberg, 2023

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Cederberg, Chenin Blanc, Cederberg, 2023

Always our benchmark wine at this estate with vineyards at 3,000 feet of altitude in the midst...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED123

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2022

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2022

Secateurs is Adi Badenhorst’s second label. About 10% of this Chenin goes into old oak...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD122

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Cape Heights, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2023

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Cape Heights, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2023

Unirrigated fruit, given some time on the lees; thus surprisingly concentrated for the price....

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAH123

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2023

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2023

Our favourite wine at this estate - and one which has become more and more popular. The grapes...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV123

GrapeChardonnay

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Sauvignon Blanc, Robertson, 2023

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Sauvignon Blanc, Robertson, 2023

This is surprisingly bright and sharp, probably because the vines are grown on the estate’s...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV223

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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Cederberg, Bukettraube, Cederberg, 2022

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Cederberg, Bukettraube, Cederberg, 2022

Bukettraube, a 19th century German cross between Silvaner and the obscure Schiva Grossa, is...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED322

GrapeBukettraube

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Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2021
Jancis Robinson

"Now made in used not new oak – surprise, surprise! Muted but interesting nose. Really...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED521

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Domaine des Dieux, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2018

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Domaine des Dieux, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2018

At the very top of the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, cooled by breezes and the cloud attracted to the...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionHemel-en-Aarde

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeDDD118

GrapeChardonnay

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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2021

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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2021

From a block planted in 1987, and about 1/3 matured in new barrels, 2/3 second fill, crafted by...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCeres

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeKOE121

GrapeChardonnay

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