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.
A concoction of the Western Cape's brightest cultivars is alive with firm, fleshy fruit. On the nose, it has notes of jasmine and white stone fruit. It has a nuanced...
A rich and bloody bouillabaisse of the Western Cape’s classical cultivars, packed with juicy life, red in tooth and claw. It has a nose of creamy summer pudding and a...
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
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...
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...
Perfect Pinotage - youthful, vibrant and fruity. This wine has a bright nose of summer pudding and cream. The palate has a savoury earthiness redolent of its sandy provenance.
"The nose is clean, fresh and inviting with its green apple, white peach and yellow plum aromas, with whiffs of angelica and lemon zest. The mid-palate shows an array of...
An amazing Chardonnay - absolutely lovely with crisp fruit and then softer tropical flavours. Just brilliant. Contains Sulphites
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...
With faint hints of oak, it has delicate fruit flavours, some Vouvray-esque notes and a light, fresh finish. Contains Sulphites & Milk
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...
Dark fruit, leather and liquorice with a balanced cherry and spice palate and a hint of green on the finish. Contains Sulphites
Gorgeous ripe red berry fruit coming off with a delightful raspberry and cherry flavour. How can it be this good and this cheap?! Contains Sulphites
This wine shows classic dark berry fruit with a hint of dark chocolate and violets on the nose. On the palate it is well balanced with rich, soft tannins Contains...
A lovely bright, light white that shows lemon, lime, fresh apples and melon aromas and then a slightly grassy palate that leads onto flavours of grapefruit, more melon and nettle....
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
Simon Grier is a supporter of 'green' viticulture, but doesn't seek certification. With over 400 ha in the estate (half is set aside as a wildlife reserve) they focus on...
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...
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....
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...
The aromas are of lime leaf, white peach, exotic woods, and rosemary. In the mouth, the wine starts broad and rich, resolving into a keen line of acidity supported by...
This was a less than successful project from travelling winemaker Michel Rolland in the early noughties. Big, powerful, jammy and full, this wine is classic Rolland winemaking that has had...