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.

Cederberg, Chenin Blanc, Cederberg, 2020

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Cederberg, Chenin Blanc, Cederberg, 2020

Always our benchmark wine at this estate - this is the 17th continuous vintage we have shipped....

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED120

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2019

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2019

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

CodeBAD119

GrapeChenin Blanc

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

The target is consistent, a densely textured, complex wine, based on fruit from the family...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCoastal

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD317

GrapeChenin Blanc Blend

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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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Badenhorst Family Wines, Papegaai, Palomino / Semillon, Western Cape, 2019

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Badenhorst Family Wines, Papegaai, Palomino / Semillon, Western Cape, 2019

By European standards this is a strange blend: the Spanish Palomino grape, known for sherry;...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD219

GrapePalomino & Semillon

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2020

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2020

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

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourWhite

ABV12.8%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV120

GrapeChardonnay

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Cederberg, Bukettraube, Cederberg, 2020

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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

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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Doring Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2019

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Doring Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2019

Doring Bay is the second line of Fryer's Cove. An intense, green-fruited and zippy...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRY319

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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

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

"A smart cool-climate Chardonnay. About 30 per cent new oak. A perfect, luxurious but...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionHemel-en-Aarde

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeDDD116

GrapeChardonnay

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Six Hats, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2019

Six hats is the Piekenierskloof estate's second, Fairtrade label, including fruit not just...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeSIX119

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2017

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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2017

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

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCeres

ColourWhite

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeKOE117

GrapeChardonnay

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