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

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

Style

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

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

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD419

GrapeChenin Blanc

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False Bay, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2021

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False Bay, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2021

From dry-farmed, bush vines, mainly in the Paardeberg and Riebeek Valley, slowly fermented,...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeFAB121

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Cederberg, Chenin Blanc, Cederberg, 2021

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Cederberg, Chenin Blanc, Cederberg, 2021

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%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED121

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2019

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Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2019
Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2019

Just six hundred cases made of Adi Badenhorst’s top white blend, based on 54% Chenin Blanc,...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCoastal

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD319

GrapeChenin Blanc Blend

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2021

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2021

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD121

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Chamonix, Chardonnay Reserve, Franschhoek, 2018

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Chamonix, Chardonnay Reserve, Franschhoek, 2018

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

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionFranschhoek

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCHX718

GrapeChardonnay

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

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

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

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionBamboes Bay

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRY120

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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Ghost Corner, Wild Ferment Semillon 2018

These wines are made by David Nieuwoudt, who took over the amazing Cederberg estate from his...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionElim

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeGHO418

GrapeSemillon

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Blankbottle, Moment of Silence, Wellington, 2020

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Blankbottle, Moment of Silence, Wellington, 2020

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

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWellington

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBBO120

GrapeChenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc & Viognier

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Cape Heights, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2021

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Cape Heights, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2021

Surprisingly good at the price: winemaker Marinda Kruger Van Eck sources dry-farmed bush-vine...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAH121

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Sauvignon Blanc, Robertson, 2021

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Sauvignon Blanc, Robertson, 2021

A Kiwi challenger, winner of a Platinum medal in the 2021 Michelangelo Wine Awards (scoring it...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV221

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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