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South African White Wine

We're now working with some of the top wineries in South Africa (directly), and several boutique importers, to bring many of the very best South African wines to the UK market. These wines are beautifully crafted, often in tiny quantities and represent excellent value for money. Please give them a try, you will be blown away by the quality.

Now here's a country which has suffered at the hands of unscrupulous wine merchants and the large factory produced brands. I've tasted virtually hundreds of frankly awful South African wines wondering what all the fuss was about in the media. How could a nation have such a large wine industry if it was all such poor quality? The truth is, there are good South African wines - in fact there are world class South African wines - we just have to search very hard to find them in the UK amongst the mass of cheap plonk that's swamping the supermarkets, and the low end on-trade offerings.

We're personally very impressed by the quality of the boutique wines in South Africa, so we're actively sourcing more wines from small ethical producers, and we're importing these ourselves cutting out the importer's margin to bring them to you at the best prices.

Many of these wines are exclusive to us in the UK and are amongst the finest to come from the Cape.
 
 

Boplaas Bobbejaanberg Sauvignon Blanc 2016 75cl

4 Stars Platter 2017

2014 won:

Michelangelo International Wine Awards - Grand d'Or (double gold) medal

Vitis ViniFere Awards - Double Gold medal

Excellent once again, this 2016 is a mirror image of the 2014. So please read those tasting notes below:

Below are the tasting notes for the 2014.

This is only the second ever vintage of this new cool climate Sauvignon Blanc from the Nel family (first release won Veritas Gold), although they do have a history of producing excellent Sauvignons having been back to back winners of the best Sauvignon Blanc at the South African Young Wine Show in 2009 and 2010.

Bobbejaanberg means "baboon mountain" as this high altitude vineyard is raided by baboons significantly reducing the crop of grapes!

For this vintage the grapes were hand harvested on the 31st March 2014, then soft pressed and only the best free run juice was then cool fermented to produce this excellent wine. Double Gold is usually only awarded to less than half a dozen wines out of 1000+ at a wine competition, so to have been awarded it at both Vitis ViniFere and Michaelangelo in the same year is quite some acheivement! These awards, like the Old Mutual and Veritas, are genuine. I'm somewhat sceptical about other more mainstream awards!

Only 5000 bottles were produced and this wine is only available at Boplaas's tasting rooms. It's not in any retailers or any hotels or restaurants in South Africa. However as we took Rozanne to Carlo's and plied her with Amarone Zenato we've now got some for our customers!

The official Boplaas tasting notes are on the further information page. However I can tell you this wine is exceptional. It is clearly cool climate, pale in colour with a floral nose. Beautiful flavours, yet subtle and elegant. Great balance and a long finish. This isn't "green fruit Marlborough", it is more sophisticated, more old world. This is seriously good wine.

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Grande Provence, Franschoek

This is one of the finest wineries I have ever had the pleasure to visit, producing some of the finest wines I have ever tasted.

Situated just off the main road into Franschoek, Grande Provence is one of the first wineries you come to as you approach this beautiful cosmopolitan small town. It's a magnificent setting with old Dutch architecture and grand old trees shading the courtyard dining area. Statues are dotted around the gardens and the view of the hills around Franschoek is just breathtaking.

Inside the tasting area it is all modern clean lines with a circular bar furnished with unique bar stools made out of old tractor seats - designed by a New Zealand artist. There is an impressive art gallery here as well as a really top class restaurant serving exquisite food. If you visit you really must opt for their food and wine pairing experience. The walls are covered with award certificates as their incredible wines have a huge collection already, despite having only produced their first vintage in 2005.

Grande Provence was purchased in 2004 by Alex van Heeren (CVO, MBE), and now is part of the Huka Retreats, a very upmarket collection of just three premier resorts including Dolphin Island, Fiji and Huka Lodge, New Zealand. Guests at Grande Provence can rent the "owner's cottage" but it is far from a cottage! Often frequented by Royalty including our own as well as the Dutch and Norwegian Royal families, it is beyond the price range of most of us, but is absolutely beautiful.

While the estate is surrounded by vines, the secret to the quality of Grande Provence's amazing wines is that the grapes are actually sourced from very small premium individual vineyards in the surrounding hills, each producing perfect varietal fruit. The grapes grown on the flat around the farm are actually sold off to other wineries.

Production of their premium wines is very small, and the quality of them is stunning. In the UK to date the only place they have been served is Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle - 8 times between them! They will also be listed at Carlo's in Llandudno of course, as are a lot of our best wines.

Grande Provence also produce a range of every day wines under their "Angel's Tears" label but the only thing "every day" about them is their price. Even these wines are excellent quality, hand made with minimal additives or manipulation.

Grande Provence wines are something special, and we're delighted to be working with them to bring them to our UK customers.

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The Grande Provence White 2015 75cl

Platter 4 Stars

"56% Chenin Blanc from 32 year old vines, hand harvested and gently pressed is then fermented in old large French oak barrels for 1 year. 44% Viognier from high on the slopes of the Franschhoek mountains is whole bunch pressed and aged in new and older French Oak barriques for one year. Perfectly blended to create a sublime blend of two classic varieties".

This wine is beautiful. Big, rich and full bodied. Round on the palate with concentrated flavours and a creamy mouthfeel with a very long finish.

This wine is made in tiny quantites so availability is extremely limited to just a few cases for the UK market.

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The Grande Provence Amphora Chenin 2015 75cl

Platter 4.5 Stars

"There something to be said about following in the footsteps of ancient Greek and Roman winemakers who embraced this “technology” thousands of years ago, using clay hewn out of the earth to cradle and nurture a living liquid. The journey of the Grande Provence Amphora wine began when the winemaker decided to import two 400 litre clay amphorae from Manetti Gusmano and Figli from Florence, Italy, with seven generations of experience in crafting their superb vessels. A small block of really old Chenin Blanc (34 years old) in Franschhoek were selected and only the very best yellow, sun-exposed bunches were picked to maximise the health, flavour and aromatic expression of the wine. The grapes were de-stemmed by hand, left to ferment naturally on skins and remained topped in the clay amphorae for 7 months, without sulphur.

The wine is a blend of mostly Chenin Blanc, from one of the oldest blocks in Franschhoek and a touch of Muscat D’ Alexandrie. Pressed Viognier skins were also added to the blend for added texture. The wine was racked, fined and settled for a month in an old 500 litre barrel before bottling.

The wine is fresh and extremely aromatic. Upfront flavours of mandarin and citrus on the nose that carries through beautifully onto the palate, complemented by hints of perfume from the Viognier. An elegant and complex wine with integrated layers of differential textures. Serve slightly chilled.

We understand now that tannins from seeds and skins help preserve the wine naturally. We know that using vessels made from clay allows the wine to “breathe” during ageing therefore needing less sulphur for stability. With careful winemaking and allowing the fruit to express site authenticity, this wine is full of fruit purity and intense aromatics.".

A stunning "natural" wine fermented with it's own native yeasts then left on the lees in the clay amphora for seven months. As a huge fan of natural wines I believe you can really taste the life in this wine! Full bodied with intense flvours and a slightly nutty finish. I pleaded with Suzanne not to let the winemaker add any sulphites at bottling as I felt the wine didn't need it, but they couldn't take the risk, so a very small amount was added. The amounts are very low though so this wine is fine even if you have sulphite allergy.

Grande Provence only made 600 bottles, and as you can imagine from the description it is time consuming and expensive to produce, so availability is extremely limited. I have literally 36 bottles for the UK market and thisat £40 is at a subsidised price!

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Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc 2016 75cl

Platter 4.5 Stars

Gold - Concours Mondial

Gold - Sommeliers Selection Awards

Beautiful wine! And in my opinion this is the best vintage yet.

The secret to making great Sauvignon Blanc in Franschoek? Use coastal fruit. The fruit for this wine was all sourced from Durbanville and the Coastal Region up above Cape Town where the Atlantic winds create big temperature differences between night and day, which is perfect for cool climate varieties like Sauvignon.

Great fruit with that typical Sauvignon nose. Green fruit yet soft in the mouth with full body - I suspect some lees ageing. Very clean and crisp with a very long lingering finish. This is perhaps the finest SA Sauvignon I have tasted.

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Grande Provence Viognier & Chenin Blanc 2016 75cl

Platter 4 Stars

"Our Chenin Blanc is harvested from 30 year old vineyards in the Franschhoek area. Grapes were picked early morning during February and displayed concentrated fruity flavors. The Viognier, from the same area was harvested early March after a slower ripening period and at a slightly higher balling, to ensure that these delicate grapes keep their unique flavor during the winemaking process.

This unwooded, white wine has an elegant nose of peach, flowers and perfume. The palate displays layers of fruit flavors including dried apricot, apple and ripe pear. A well balanced blend where the tropical aromas of Chenin Blanc and the floral notes of Viognier come together to create a fantastic tasting experience."

I found it very fresh, delicate and aromatic with some citrus undertones. Acidity is kept in check and it's not too dry on the finish making it a very easy drinking pleasant wine suited to almost any occassion whether enjoying with food or just to sip on a sunny afternoon. Not too strong at 12% either.

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Grande Provence Chardonnay 2015 75cl

Gold - The Sommeliers Selection Awards

Platter 4 Stars

A long time favourite of mine. The grapes for this wine come from the best vineyard in Franschoek for Chardonnay at Robertsvlei above the dam, which has lowered the overall temperature allowing Grande Provence to produce the best Chardonnay in Franschoek (in my opinion).

I went to Chamonix before my meeting at GP where I tasted their Platter 5 Star Chardonnay 2015 which was very good. I also, being trade, was able to taste their Reserve Chardonnay 2015 which aslo got 5 stars from Platter. This wine was excellent. However they both paled in my opinion compared to this one from Grande Provence which just seemd to have more layers and more complexity. Here at GP's notes:

"The Chardonnay grapes come from the valley of Robertsvlei in Franschhoek, known for its cooler climate and ideal for the cultivation of this prestigious variety. Open canopies allow for lots of sunshine supported by moderate rainfall. A longer ripening period resulted in grapes filled with concentrated fruit flavours.

An elegant, full bodied wine with outstanding fruit and wood integration. Experience citrus, almonds and creamy flavours on the nose and palate, with nuances of vanilla. The wine has a soft and well balanced mouth feel with an elegant, lingering finish.

Matured for 11 months in 60% first fill and 40% second fill, French oak barrels. Enjoy this wine now or mature for 2-3 years from vintage".

Personally I think this wine will improve with some bottle age over the next few years.

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Angels Tears Sauvignon Blanc by Grande Provence

Vitis Vinifera - Gold Medal

2015 "Excellent Wine at the Price " Wine Awards - Gold Medal

An excellent fresh Sauvignon. Bags of fruit, full body with a rich mouthfeel and very well balanced acidity. Most cheap sauvignons have a lot of tartaric acid added to create that crisp finish although this also causes heartburn for many people - this wine uses only it's natural acidity and is soft and smooth. Not often you get a Sauvignon at this price which is so easy to drink!

This wine is hand made with minimal manipulation or additives, and is seriously good value at this price!

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Angels Tears White Blend by Grande Provence

This is a delicious blend for those with a sweeter tooth. A blend of Chenin Blanc and Muscat d'Alexandria.

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Cape Chamonix Chardonnay 2015 75cl

Platter 5 Stars

Cape Chamonix is a quality winery on the eastern slopes of the Franschoek Valley. They do delicious platters and have a lovely tasting room with outside seating and very friendly staff. They make some good wines too.

I had to taste this as it was awarded Plater 5 Stars which usually goes to less than 100 wines per year out of over 10,000 tasted.

It's pale gold in colour. Rich and buttery with some citrus on the long finish. Good wine.

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Cape Chamonix Reserve Chardonnay 2015 75cl

Platter 5 Stars

Top Wine SA Hall of Fame 2017

Top Wine SA Top 10 Chardonnay 2017

They don't offer this wine for public tasting, but being trade I was able to taste a large glass while we ate a platter of cold meats and cheeses in a balmy 30 degress. And I'm delighted I did. While the standard Chardonnay also received five stars, to me this wine is in a different league altogether.

Gold in colour, full mouthfeel with big concentrated fruit flavours. Very well integrated oak. It's classical in style with all the elements in harmony, not overpowering as some barrel matured Chardonnays can be. For me personally this knocks the socks off Jordans Nine Yards.

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Rainbow's End Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2016 75cl

A brand new wine from Anton who, as a new up and coming winery, has been making some of the best reds in Stellenbosch for the last few years. In fact he has a remarkable 4 wines nominated for Platter's highest rating of 5 stars this year! Usually only about 60 wines out of over 10,000 achieve 5 stars!

Ths wine is so new it isn't even on his webste yet. Apologies for the amateur photo. As it's a brand new wine I had to take this myself on my phone! It looks much better in real life with a classy high quality paper label and quality heavy weight bottle.

Bright and clear in the glass. Big round and full on the palate with lovely flavours. Plenty of body and a long lingering finish. This wine is low in additives, made properly with passion and expertise. It's a long way from the mass produced Chenins found in the UK. Bags of flavour, full and mouthfilling yet clean and fresh on the finish. This is very good wine and I'd heartily recommend it, particularly for any Chardonnay fans to try .

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Rainbow's End Wood Aged Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2016 75cl

Anton has aged a small amount of his exceptional Chenin in wood.

Absolutely delicious! The wood has added some body and good mouthfeel. Ful of flavour yet still clean and fresh on the finish. This is excellent wine.

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Tokara Reserve Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2014 75cl

93 Points Tim Atkin

91 Points Stephen Tanzer

Tokara is a large high profile winery on the Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschoek. Miles Mossop is their winemaker, and very talented and well respected he is too. Although Karl Lambour formerly of Grande Provence has recently moved there in a managerial role. No doubt he will have some influence in their future winemaking, particularly for their Chardonnays.

Tokara make some larger volume wines by our standards but I was impressed by their Reserve range so we have chosen to list some.

This Chardonnay impressed me. I found it hugely round with some citrus and pineapple flavours, and some almond on the finish.

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Tokara Reserve Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2013 75cl

89 Points Parker

93 Points Tim Atkin

91 Points Stephen Tanzer

We have a very small quantity of the 2013.

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Tokara Reserve Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2012 75cl

92 Points Parker

93 Points Tim Atkin

Gold Chardonnay Du Monde

Gold Veritas

4.5 Stars Platter

Sorry - sold out of this vintage.

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Tokara Reserve Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2014 75cl

6 Nations Trophy

90 Points Parker

93 Points Tim Atkin

91 Points Stephen Tanzer

Tokara is a large high profile winery on the Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschoek. The grapes for this wine are sourced from premium vineyards on their farm in Elgin, then refrigerated and transported straight to the winery for processing.

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Joubert Tradauw, Barrydale

A unique tiny family winery in a little known but seriously up and coming region of South Africa outside the more traditional winelands. Barrydale is approximately 150 miles east of Cape Town on the incredibly scenic Route 62. The Tradauw Valley is famous for it's magnificent scenery, and if you plan to drive the Garden Route this is a "must see", far more impressive than driving N2 to the south.

Meyer Joubert is viticulturist and winemaker. Brought up in the Tradauw Valley, Meyer travelled and worked in Napa before returning to the family farm. Initially it was fruit but they quickly realised the region's unique potential for growing premium grapes. It is something to do with the valley's location between two weather fronts producing unique climatic conditions - I'm no expert on these things so I won't try to explain it any more than that, but suffice to say that Meyer produces excellent grapes and subsequently some truly outstanding wines.

It is Meyer's ambition to produce South Africa's best wine, and he believes it can be done from Tradauw. He is hugely passionate about nature, and dedicated to a minimalist labour intensive approach allowing the fruit to do all the talking.

Meyer's wife, Beate, runs a very healthy informal deli restaurant on the property using local produce to provide delicious local delicacies. And they are into their blues music and motorbikes also. When you see R62 you can see why a biker would just love it!

Meyer's wines really are something special. Made with passion, with a real purity that I absolutely love. He only makes three wines, a hand picked classic elegant Chardonnay, a Syrah naturally fermented and unfiltered, and his R62 Blend which has been selected for SA Airlines first class. They are all superb earning Joubert Tradauw a place in South Africa's Top 10 wineries according to Neil Pendock, one of the John Platter Guide team.

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Joubert Tradauw Chardonnay 2013 75cl

4 Stars Platter 2017

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French oak matured and left on the lees for 12 months, bottled unfiltered. This elegant and feminine Chardonnay offers hints of toasted almonds, fynbos, honey and subtle vanilla. It has a full palate complemented with a ripe citrus burst on the finish. Drink through to 2018

This wine is a beauty. The oak is tempered and the whole wine has great balance of fruit oak and acidity.

The 32 mg/l free SO2 was at bottling and will have reduced by now. This is very low for an oak matured white. It's a clean wine, very natural and a great choice for healthy drinking.

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Claime D'Or, Robertson

Claime D'Or is very possibly one of the tiniest "wineries" in the world, yet produces some absolutely outstanding wines!

Basically Claime D'Or is a farm in Robertson next door to Rietvallei. It was purchased by French couple Bernardo Rappaport and his wife Maigret with the intention to produce the best wines possible.

Until recently the Robertson district was traditionally regarded as a region for lower grade fruit used in sparkling wines, hence Graham Beck have a large set up here. However it's reputation has blossomed as certain sites have been producing outstanding quality grapes, and subsequently outstanding wines.

Kobus Berger at Rietvallei is probably Robertson's star winemaker, with several wines listed in the SA Top 100 book - a publication myself and others actually have little faith in as it costs a fortune to submit your wines for approval so immediately prohibits virtually all the small producers from entering! Yes, any wine in the book will be good, but all the best 100 wines in South Africa? I don't think so!

But my political and cynical observations about wine publications aside, Kobus at Rietvallei does make some very, very good wines. So Bernardo asked him to make the wines for Claime D'Or. The grapes are all hand grown, then the wines are all hand made in tiny quantities with real care and attention to detail. For example just 300 cases of their stunning oaked Chardonnay, or 150 cases of their superb Cabernet blend!

These wines are very special indeed, very rare with a host of awards. Each bottle is individually numbered by hand. If you want a bespoke wine, they don't come more bespoke than this!

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Claime D'Or Chardonnay 2014 75cl

I was simply stunned by this wine! We had been looking for a top quality oaky Chardonnay for over a year to replace a Californian wine we used to stock, but we just couldn't find a wine good enough - until we tried this! We had collected a case of samples a couple of days before from Rietvallei and were sitting by the hotel pool late one afternoon. The hotel (Protea President, Bantry Bay) was excellent and they let us bring all our samples down for tasting for a reasonable £3 corkage including glasses, ice bucket etc (UK hotels take note!).

One sip and we just exchanged glances - bingo! Exactly what we had been looking for. Big, oaky, buttery, beautiful balance, really long finish. This wine is fantastic.

On retasting here in the UK, I was delighted that the wine was as good as I remembered. The oak is perhaps less obvious than I remember but it is beautifully integrated creating a stunning wine. It's also very pure with minimal additives or manipulation, so unlike many wooded Chardonnays you can drink a couple of bottles without fearing a hangover from the bound sulphur! Just 3400 bottles produced. This wine is something special!



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Zevenwacht Winery Stellenbosch
 
 
Zevenwacht

As all our regular customers know, we personally select every wine on this site on it's own merits, we don't simply list every wine from each producer. We are listing nearly all the Zevenwacht portfolio though as all their wines are very good, and offer great value for money.

Zevenwacht is a large estate of 500 hectares with 200 hectares planted to vine. Their winemaker, Jacques Viljoen, takes a bold approach to winemaking, using modern technology as well as traditional cellaring techniques to produce elegant premium wines. I've been listing their wines since 2008 and every year they get better and better. We have a good relationship with Denise (the owner) and we were even involved in creating a white blend for her on our recent trip out there - I hope it goes down well Denise! Zevenwacht's consultant winemaker Chris Keets is a bit of a perfectionist, and he even makes a small batch Bordeaux Blend under his own label which we will probably import when he makes enough to let us have any!

The estate comprises as well as the winery, of a cheese factory, a chef school, top restaurant with banquetting and conferencing facilities, as well as an inn and guest cottages, and is a fully licensed wedding venue all set in stunning surroundings! There's a fantastic little shop where you can purchase a picnic to take down by the lake with your wine to while away the afternoon - just make sure you are not the driver!

The estate is a big place and surprisingly easy to get lost on your first visit as all signs seem to say "Zevenwacht ...something" but once you reach the lake it's straight forward from there! I've been assured the signage will shortly be improved.

Their vineyards back right onto Jordans, and interestingly Denise is about to launch the first vintage of a superb barrel aged Chardonnay this year - something Jordans are world famous for. I tasted it and it was fantastic so fingers crossed Zevenwacht's UK importers will actually bring some over if I pester them enough!

 
 

Zevenwacht Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2014 Stellenbosch 75cl

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I'm delighted to announce we have the latest vintage just arrived. It is full and buttery with good fruit. Well structured and somehow fresher and cleaner than ever. I was so impressed by the clean feel of this wine (which is difficult to achieve in a barrel fermented white) that I asked Denise if she had a new winemaker. No, she hasn't. But she did say it was fruit from a new vineyard.

I know the first vintage 2012 was from a new vineyard back then, so I presume she may have planted at least two and is only now beginning to use fruit from the second one. Either way this is a great wine, and anybody who likes barrel fermented chardonnays is going to be impressed at this price.

No awards as yet with it being new, but I personally rate this wine highly.

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Zevenwacht Z Sauvignon Blanc 360 2014 Stellenbosch 75cl

IWSC - Gold "Outstanding" 2015

Zevenwacht were so impressed by the quality of their limited production single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc that they have upped it's status to join their elite "Z" wines.

Bags of flavour, beautiful balance and incredible length.

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Zevenwacht The Tin Mine White Blend 2013/14 Stellenbosch 75cl

Old Mutual Wine Show - Silver Medal

One of our long time favourites. A lovely wine and great value for money. Zevenwacht alter the grape blend in this wine year to year. For this vintage their tasting notes say:

"Ripe and exotic, a distinctive, spicy wine that is rich and subtly oaked, with a slight aroma of roasted almonds. The Chardonnay gives superb lime-citrus flavors; the Viognier lends a delicate perfume of dried peaches and apricots while the Roussanne and Chenin acts like salt and pepper, spicing things up!"

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Jordan

The Jordan winery today is run by Gary and Kathy Jordan making some outstanding world class wines. The 300 year old 146 hectare farm was purchased by Gary's parents - Ted and Sheelagh - back in 1982, when they undertook an extensive replanting programme of all the vineyards. Gary and Kathy spent a couple of years abroad learning their wine making skills then returned home in 1992 and began producing quality wines from 1993 onwards, once the vines were mature.

Gary and Kathy are 'next door neighbours' and close friends with Denise of Zevenwacht - although I wouldn't like to walk from one house to the other! The secret to both estates' success is largely due to the same factors - yes, you need wine making skill and experience as well as a dedication to producing the best quality wine possible, but both these estates also have an array of different terroirs. Here lies the real skill of matching each grape variety to it's ideal terroir. Because of the specific landscape both estates have slopes facing to all four points of the compass, all at different altitudes, different degrees of slope and aspect to the sun, and all on 600 million year old soils with unique qualities. Add to this the cooling Atlantic and Indian oceans and the mediteranean climate and there's a myriad of different combinations.

The Jordans have got it right - and so have Zevenwacht - with each variety in it's ideal location producing optimum fruit. Their wines are highly recommended.

The Jordan estate has one of the most spectacular views in Stellenbosch, which is a truly stunning location to enjoy lunch in the George Jardine restaurant. Being on the west of Stellenbosch on a hill they have a view east across to the Heldeberg and the mountains separating Stellenbosch from Franschoek. It is a real "must see" if you plan to visit the South African wine lands.
 
 

Jordan Unoaked Chardonnay 2015 Stellenbosch 75cl

John Platter 3.5 Stars

Made from grapes from one of Gary's higher cooler vineyards, from low yielding older vines. The juice was tank fermented and left on the lees for four months to impart flavour and body. The resultant wine is very fresh with plenty of tropical fruit and citrus flavours, yet also full and round on the palate.

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Jordan Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2014/15 Stellenbosch 75cl

Decanter Wine Awards 2014 - Trophy for the 2013

Just moved onto the 2014.

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Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay Reserve 2015 Stellenbosch 75cl

Extremely limited, on allocation only. This wine is becoming ever more popular so we don't expect this year's stock to last very long. Be quick!

2015 allocation has just arrived.

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Jordan Mellifera 2013 Noble Late Harvest Riesling 375ml

John Platter 4.5 Stars.

A superb dessert wine from Jordans. It's deliciously rich with sun dried peach flavours, yet also fresh and clean on the very long finish. Superb, and made in tiny quantities of course.

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