So much more than Pinotage! South Africa is really leaping forwards in its wine making just now. Rather than focusing on single varietal wines and their own grape, they are embracing the concept of terroir and making wines that suit the earth they have.
This means Rhone and Portuguese reds and a wealth of whites that aren't just Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc, although they are making terribly good wine from these two grapes. There are also a group of new winemakers establishing their reputations by using old vines and creating their own wines that don't follow conventions set down by those that have gone before.
South Africa really is a country to watch.
Delicious Chenin Blanc, soft, a touch of sweetness coming out and then a fabulous peachy finish. Chenin is great in South Africa and this is no exception. Contains Sulphites
A lovely pear and peach aroma mixed with some subtle yeasty aromas and then a soft, but rich palate with lots more apricots and dried pears. Contains Sulphites
It is a lovely Cabernet Sauvignon - big, earthy, red and black fruits... what more do you want? Contains Sulphites
Wild yeast fermentation is key to this benchmark Chenin Blanc. The long wild yeast ferment provides bready aromas and additional complexity to the wine. Dried herbaceous notes, including fennel and...
Very smart varietal Shiraz, savoury but polished and seriously appealing. Dark garnet with a violet rim. Fresh lifted berry fruit that draws you in! Full yet elegant with bramble aromas...
A delicate but complex nose with a bouquet of tropical fruit, a hint of green pepper and ripe figs. A refreshingly crisp palate with upfront fruity flavours of gooseberries, melon...
When Abraham Izak Perold crossed Pinot Noir and Cinsault in 1924, little did he realise that the result would be a grape variety hated throughout the world. Unlike Marmite which...
A young vine Syrah with a definite French influence. This wine has vibrant red and black berries with an aromatic nose that reminds me of St Joseph. It has peppery...
With faint hints of oak, it has delicate fruit flavours, some Vouvray-esque notes and a light, fresh finish. Contains Sulphites & Milk
A lovely creamy nose, apricot, lime and lemon with a little bit of honey on the end. Contains Sulphites
Dark fruit, leather and liquorice with a balanced cherry and spice palate and a hint of green on the finish. Contains Sulphites
It is just a lovely easy, approachable Pinot Grigio from South Africa.... that is organic! Light citrus fruit and peach, with good minerality and a long finish. Forget Italian, drink...
A delicious, earthy, plummy wine - delightful fruit, some lovely lift from floral notes and a great finish. Really good value for money. 88pts Contains Sulphites
Bucket loads of red and black berries - some paprika and savoury spice with hints of oak and a long, balanced finish. Contains Sulphites
So this is pretty much just grape juice with brandy added, and my goodness, it is fabulous. Pop it with a plethora of desserts or cheeses and this juicy sweet...
A blend of four sites of old, bush vine Chenin Blanc with just a touch of
An attractive pale yellow colour. Expect metallic peach, honey and nuts. A rich and full palate with fresh fruit carrying it to a long finish. Just over 3000 bottles produced....
Made from the Fernao Pires grape - a unheard of grape from Portugal. It is rarely seen outside of Portugal and is practically not seen in South Africa. Gold in...
The 2016 Wanderer's Heart is our interpretation of a Cape Red Blend. The wine's aromas include tea leaf, dried cranberry, exotic woods, dried herbs and citrus peel, and a whiff...
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan, this is a Stellenbosch/Wellington blend. It
Semillon and Semillon Gris from both a Franschhoek and a Swartland vineyard. Skin fermented, maturation in older oak lasting nine months. Aromas and flavours of orange, yellow peach and red...