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South Africa - Quality on the up and up...

South Africa is somewhere between a “new world” an “old world” country, for despite a winemaking legacy that originated in Constantia in the late 1600s, what is considered now as the birth of the modern era began in 1994 at the end of apartheid and the country’s re-emergence at an international level. Well-established wine estates such as Kanonkop, Meerlust, Vergelegen, Rustenberg, Boschendal, Hamilton Russell, Klein Constantia, Rust en Vrede and others were reinvigorated and set the tone for the new, outward looking wine industry, building more established, consistent brands that became reasonably successful. Unfortunately, that did little to stem the tide of the newly tradeable, poor-quality bulk wine from virus-ridden vineyards that was still to mark South Africa’s card for at least the next decade. Ultimately, the political and economic freedoms of the new South Africa would not herald the rebirth of a truly great wine industry for a few years yet. For in the post-apartheid decade, it’s fair to say that priorities, naturally, laid more in building improved legal and political infrastructures, curbing entrenched racial and economic inequality, and refining the country’s reputation on the world stage; issues that endure to this day and that no other serious wine producing country needs to face up to in quite the same way.

South Africa Wine List

Col. Vint.
Wine / Producer Appellation / Region
Format Cs. Btls. Price Tax
Alheit Vineyards
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 6 0 £120.00 ib Buy
  2018
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 10 0 £125.00 ib Buy
  2018
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 5 0 £145.00 ib Buy
  2018
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 3 0 £195.00 ib Buy
  2018
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 2 0 £275.00 ib Buy
David & Nadia
  2015
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 10 0 £110.00 ib Buy
  2016
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 10 2 £110.00 ib Buy
  2016
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Format Price Tax
12x75cl 0 2 £180.00 ib Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 10 2 £120.00 ib Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
12x75cl 10 7 £180.00 ib Buy
  2016
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 0 2 £120.00 ib Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 10 4 £110.00 ib Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 6 5 £120.00 ib Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
12x75cl 5 0 £180.00 ib Buy
Flotsam & Jetsam
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 10 1 £60.00 ib Buy
Keermont Vineyards
  2015
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 3 0 £215.00 ib Buy
  2015
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 2 0 £215.00 ib Buy
Klein Constantia
  2016
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Format Price Tax
6x50cl - - £234.00 ep Buy
Lukas Van Loggerenberg
  2016
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 2 0 £100.00 ib Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 5 4 £150.00 ib Buy
  2018
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 10 0 £150.00 ib Buy
  2018
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 8 0 £150.00 ib Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 4 4 £150.00 ib Buy
  2018
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 9 1 £60.00 ib Buy
Mullineux
  2015
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 1 0 £345.00 ib Buy
  2015
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 1 0 £345.00 ib Buy
  2016
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl - - £305.00 ep Buy
  2016
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 1 0 £305.00 ib Buy
3x150cl 1 0 £315.00 ib Buy
  2016
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 5 0 £305.00 ib Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl - - £90.00 ep Buy
6x75cl - - £90.00 ep Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl - - £195.00 ep Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 9 0 £195.00 ib Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x37.5cl - - £120.00 ep Buy
Restless River
  2016
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 10 5 £175.00 ib Buy
Rudi Schultz
  2013
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Format Price Tax
12x75cl 10 6 £165.00 ib Buy
  2016
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Format Price Tax
12x75cl 3 0 £150.00 ib Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 10 3 £75.00 ib Buy
Savage Wines
  2015
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 5 0 £125.00 ib Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 9 0 £125.00 ib Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 10 0 £125.00 ib Buy
Storm Wines
  2016
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 0 1 £135.00 ib Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 8 0 £135.00 ib Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl - - £135.00 ep Buy
  2017
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Format Price Tax
6x75cl 4 0 £135.00 ib Buy

South Africa Producers

Finally achieving the international acclaim it deserves, SA has, over the last decade, seen a huge leap in quality - up and coming producers are putting more emphasis on terroir and abandoned parcels of low-yielding very old vines. At the forefront of this surge have been producers such as Chris Mullineux and David & Nadia in the Swartland, joined by the likes of Restless River and Newton Johnson in the Hemel-en-Aarde. The Western Cape is another area that nowadays is turning out a whole host of fabulous wines across the board. South Africa is perhaps the most dynamic and quickly evolving wine region in the world today.

Appellations of South Africa

The quality of South African wine has never been higher. Previously known for low-priced wine, small quality-conscious growers are bucking the trend and re-focusing on the country’s enviable stock of old vines. Swartland is at the forefront of this surge - a hotbed of young winemaking talent, this region boasts all that is required to make great wine; a warm, dry climate, incredibly old vineyards and a complex range of soils. Areas such as Hemel-en-Aarde benefit from a slightly cooler climate and in pockets are producing wonderfully fresh, expressive wines from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Stellenbosch is still the heartland of premium production and enjoys a more maritime climate, not too dissimilar to Bordeaux.

Grape Varieties of South Africa

South Africa is well-known for its Chenin Blanc and perhaps infamous for Pinotage. Pinotage has distinctive flavours and aromas with a reputation for being rather polarising. It is not without its detractors, but it can be a very rewarding experience when done well. These days, one is more likely to see vivid expressions of Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache and Cabernet, alongside quality Syrah and Cinsault. Cinsault is experiencing a bit of a renaissance and is reclaiming its status as the Cape’s original grape variety. Field blends are still an almost uniquely South African endeavour and there is a wide range on offer. When done well, field blends, both red and white, can produce wines of rich complexities and textures, encompassing a huge spread of grape varieties not limited to Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Verdelho, Fernao Pires, Semillon, Colombard and many more.