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.

Old Road Wine, Grand-mere, Semillon, 2017

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Old Road Wine, Grand-mere, Semillon, 2017
Old Road Wine, Grand-mere, Semillon, 2017

Produced from vines planted in 1936 at 350m above sea level this is a superb Semillon. The age...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionStellenbosch

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeORW117

GrapeSemillon

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Badenhorst, Dassiekop Steen, 2019

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Badenhorst, Dassiekop Steen, 2019
Badenhorst, Dassiekop Steen, 2019

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

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD419

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Goedverwacht Great Expectations, Chenin Blanc, Robertson, 2020

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Goedverwacht Great Expectations, Chenin Blanc, Robertson, 2020
Goedverwacht Great Expectations, Chenin Blanc, Robertson, 2020

A fruity, easy-drinking Cape Chenin from the Du Toits at Goedverwacht (which tranlates loosely...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV720

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2020

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2020
Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2020

10% goes into old oak barrels, giving volume rather than oak flavour, and the wine gains weight...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD120

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2018

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Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2018
Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2018

"Between 14 and 17 vineyards - Adi Badenhorst can't quite remember - go into this...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCoastal

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD318

GrapeChenin Blanc Blend

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Chamonix, Chardonnay Reserve, Franschhoek, 2018

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Chamonix, Chardonnay Reserve, Franschhoek, 2018
Chamonix, Chardonnay Reserve, Franschhoek, 2018

The recently installed winemaker at Chamonix, Niel Bruwer, has pulled the wines here back into...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionFranschhoek

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCHX718

GrapeChardonnay

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

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

A Cape Pouilly-Fumé - an intense mouthful of gooseberry and passion-fruit, checked by crisp...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionBamboes Bay

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRY117

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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Fryer's Cove, Sauvignon Blanc, Bamboes Bay, 2020

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Fryer's Cove, Sauvignon Blanc, Bamboes Bay, 2020
Fryer's Cove, Sauvignon Blanc, Bamboes Bay, 2020

From an extraordinary, isolated 6 hectare vineyard on limestone subsoils just 800 metres from...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionBamboes Bay

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRY120

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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Blankbottle, Moment of Silence, Wellington, 2020

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Blankbottle, Moment of Silence, Wellington, 2020
Blankbottle, Moment of Silence, Wellington, 2020

Moment of Silence (or MoS for short) is always the best value wine in Pieter Walser's...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWellington

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBBO120

GrapeChenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc & Viognier

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2020

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2020
Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2020

Our favourite wine at this estate - and one which has become more and more popular, even to the...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV120

GrapeChardonnay

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Cederberg, Bukettraube, Cederberg, 2020

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Cederberg, Bukettraube, Cederberg, 2020
Cederberg, Bukettraube, Cederberg, 2020

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

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED320

GrapeBukettraube

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Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2019

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Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2019
Cederberg, V Generations Chenin Blanc, 2019

Twelve selected barrels were used to produce 1000 cases of the estate's top Chenin - always...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED519

GrapeChenin Blanc

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