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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.
 
 
Grande Provence
 
 
Grande Provence
 
 

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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Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc 2012 75cl

Again a brand new vintage. Previous vintages have won a host of awards including:

2011 vintage

Michaelangelo Gold

Veritas - Bronze

Mundus Vini International - Silver

2010 vintage

SA Veritas - Silver

Mundus Vini International - Gold

2009 vintage

South African Airlines Premium Class

SA Veritas - Gold

Michaelangelo - Gold

Another stunningly good wine from Grande Provence! Pale and elegant, yet full flavoured with plenty of body from some lees ageing. Rich and full for Sauvignon, with perfectly balanced acidity. This is a superb food wine - pair it with buttered fish or some big juicy garlic prawns!

A classical elegant wine, more old world than new like all the wines from Grande Provence. Perfect with food but also balanced and full enough to be enjoyed on it's own, even if you're not a Sauvignon Blanc fan! We absolutely love it. Just perfect for this hot weather.

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Grande Provence Viognier & Chenin Blanc 2012 75cl

This blend is a new wine for Grande Provence and this 2012 is only the third vintage released. It's a delicious wine, full bodied with flavours of dried apricot and cream. It's elegant with perfectly balanced acidity, lovely flavours and a long lingering dry finish. The wine is lightly wooded (6 months in third fill French oak) adding body, texture and complexity. Viognier Chenin blends are not exactly common but Grande Provence have created a fantastic wine here which makes a great alternative when you fancy a change from Chardonnay but still want that complexity and full body in your white wine. Perfect wine for summer.

2010 vintage

Veritas - Bronze

AWC Vienna International - Silver

Mundus Vini International - Gold

2009 vintage

South African Airlines Premium Class

SA Veritas - Gold

Michaelangelo - Gold

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Grande Provence Chardonnay 2012 75cl

Vitis Vinifera Awards, South Africa, October 2013 - GOLD

Stunning - one of the best Chardonnays I have ever tasted - I struggle to pick my favourite between this one, Claim D'Or and Morton Estates Coniglio! All 3 are sensational wines.

Elegant, well structured wine, full in the mouth with beautiful flavours of citrus fruit, apple, cream, vanilla and butterscotch. 11 months in 60% first fill and 40% second fill French oak. This wine is a work of art! This 2012 will develop beautifully with a little bottle age if you can resist drinking it now!

2011 Vintage

Michaelangelo - Gold Medal

2010 vintage

Michaelangelo - Gold

Veritas - Silver

AWC Vienna International - Silver

2009 vintage

AWC Vienna International - Silver

Michaelangelo - Double Gold

2008 vintage

Concours Mundial Bruxelles - Silver

Austrian Wine Challenge - Silver

Michaelangelo - Gold

2006 vintage

SA Terroir Awards - Champion Chardonnay

Mundus Vini International - Gold

Michaelangelo - Gold

Veritas - Silver

2005 vintage

Juliet Cullinan Awards - Gold

Mundus Vini International - Silver

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Angels Tears Sauvignon Blanc by Grande Provence

An excellent fresh Sauvignon. Bags of fruit, well balanced acidity and a delicious crisp finish. Hand made with minimal manipulation or additives, this 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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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.

Update - Meyer has produced a Pinot Noir but is insisting on some bottle age before he will let me buy any! We expect to get some in stock by late Autumn.

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Joubert Tradauw Chardonnay 2011 75cl

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Low yield south sloping vineyards. The soil is predominantly well drained gravely shale. The grapes, clone 277 were hand picked end of March, fermented in 300 litre Burgundy barrels and matured on the lees for eleven months, 40% new barrels

Tasting notes

The elegant, classic, almondy character carries hints of citrus, honey and caramel with a mineral earthiness.

The main focus is the balance between fruit, oak and alcohol. It is a finely-structured and thinly-layered wine with myriad dimensions on the nose, palate and aftertaste.

We tasted it while at the farm and it was very good. I found it clean and mineral with some tropical fruit and good body. Not a big oaky wine, far more old world and classical like very good Burgundy. We've just retasted it, and it is superb. A little richer and more buttery than I remembered - delicious! It is now a firm favourite with some of our local Chardonnay customers.

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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 2012 75cl

Chardonnay du Monde 2013 - Silver Medal

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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Claime D'Or Sauvignon Blanc 2013 75cl

No awards yet as it has only just been released, but each vintage usually wins Gold (or even Double Gold) at the serious South African wine awards - Veritas and Michaelangelo.

This new vintage (2013) is stunningly good! All Bernardo's wines are something special but this Sauvignon really impressed. Big flavours of apple and gooseberry balanced by crisp acidity and a really long finish. Very fresh and low in additives, this wine is a beauty.

It's also presented in the heavyweight Burgundy shaped bottle, each bottle hand numbered - total production for 2013 was just 3500 bottles.



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Claime D'Or Solidus Unwooded Chardonnay 75cl

A new wine from Bernardo. A totally unwooded Chardonnay. Claim D'Or Chardonnay is right up there amongst the best in South Africa, and this unwooded Chardonnay is also one of the best unwooded ones we've tried. Great value too (also in the heavyweight bottle).

Full of tropical fruit with decent body, and great overall balance. Delicious.



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Eagles Nest, Constantia
 
 

Eagles Nest - Constantia

Eagles Nest is a tiny boutique winery in Constantia immediately south of Cape Town toward the Cape of Good Hope. They are very fortunate to have the highest vineyards in SA as well as a unique topographical position with their vineyards set out in a bowl shape.

This means they have slopes facing every direction, at different altitudes and angles to the sun, as well as receiving cooling breezes off False Bay. This gives them the opportunity to match each grape variety to it's ideal terroir!

The winery and vineyards burnt down in 2004 in a huge bush fire so they took the opportunity to replant each individual site with it's ideal grape match. And what success!

Since the fire (vintage 2006) they only make 6 wines - "Little Eagle" which is their every day red (to use up any fruit they deem not perfect!), a Viognier which is not available for commercial sale as the entire production is taken by British Airways First Class. A Sauvignon Blanc (Veritas Gold Medal), a Merlot based Bordeaux Blend "Verraux" (93 Points Robert Parker), a Merlot, and their most famous wine, Shiraz, which has won just about everything including Platter 5 Stars, Southern Hemisphere Champion Shiraz, 100 Point rating and host of trophies and golds.

Everything is hand crafted from start to finish with real passion. These very steep slopes are difficult and expensive to farm so they concentrate on producing small quantities of very high end wines.

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Eagles Nest Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Veritas Awards - Gold, Wine of the Month Club - Best in Category, Tim Atkin 92 Points (tasted 2013)

This is the first vintage of this excellent Sauvignon Blanc, as the team at Eagles Nest had been wanting to make this varietal for some years but weren't convinced their vineyards would give them the perfect fruit to do so. They saw their opportunity when a family friend offered them some of his excellent grapes from his vineyards further north in the cooler climate coastal region. The Eagles Nest team actually drive a refrigerated truck up to the vineyards and harvest the grapes by hand overnight into small boxes, then drive them straight back down to the winery!

The grapes are lightly pressed extracting only the best clear run juice, which was subsequently fermented and then aged on the lees for a further 5 months. This lees aging adds complexity to the wine, but perhaps more importantly gives the wine the ability to age and improve. Cheap Sauvignon is never lees aged as this costs money, and hence needs to be drunk young which has created the myth (in the UK) that all Sauvignon needs to be consumed within a year of bottling. But good Sauvignons like this are able to age for years, and become better more complex wines for doing so.

To win a Veritas Gold on the first vintage shows just how good a wine this is. While some awards and ratings are no longer as reliable as they used to be (no names here), other awards like Veritas, Old Mutual and Michaelangelo continue to be as impartial and reliable as ever.

The wine is crystal clear with good fruit on the nose. On the palate it is very fresh with zingy acidity and melon and gooseberry flavours. The perfect wine for shellfish, but will also go well with buttered fish due to the extra weight and complexity from the aging. I tasted it alongside their 2011 but opted to buy and import the 2010 as the extra aging has made it a far superior wine for drinking now. No doubt the 2011 will develop with a little bottle age too, but this 2010 is ready now and will keep in good condition for at least another two years.

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Paul Cluver Close Encounter Reisling 2010 75cl

John Platter 4 Stars

Below are Cluver's official tasting notes although Platter believes the wine is more "Auslese" than "Spatelese". I don't believe it's quite that sweet myself although this could be to do with it's wonderfully fresh, clean finish. To me it was deliciously semi sweet while still refreshing with citrus notes. There's the unmistakable Reisling quality, yet more rounded and fuller than old world Reisling. I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great alternative to Chardonnay for those who like a white wine with body.

"Spatelese, sweeter style Riesling, higher residual sugar, lower alcohol. The colour is pale, with a beautiful green apple tint.

The nose is quite expressive with flavours ranging from Granny Smith apple and lime, to citrus peel, with gentle floral tones. The palate is well balanced with great interplay between the naturally retained residual sugar and the acidity. Lovely luscious, creamy mouthfeel. Will age beautifully.

Works well with spicy food and is great with sushi. Carpaccio and beef tartar are interesting partners too".



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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 2012 Stellenbosch 75cl

A stunning new barrel fermented Chardonnay. This 2012 is the first vintage of this wine produced and is exclusive to us in the UK.

Great value at this price.

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Zevenwacht Chenin Blanc 2012 Stellenbosch 75cl

Platter hasn't rated this vintage yet but awarded 3 stars for 2010 and four stars for the 2009. We believe this is a big improvement on the 2010 vintage, as do Zevenwacht hence this new vintage is now part of their flagship range. They have upgraded the labelling to reflect this. Be warned - if you see this wine advertised cheaper somewhere else, it will almost certainly be the 2010 which is not in the same league quality wise!

There's plenty of poor Chenin on the market which has put many people off - but a good one like this is a delicious wine, and well worth exploring if you want a wine with flavour and body but also a crisp refreshing style.

Zevenwacht harvested the grapes in three sections - those exposed to direct sunlight, partial sunlight and those in the shade, and vinified them separately. This gave different sugar levels to each vat, giving Jacques the flexibility to blend to achieve his desired style. 50% of the wine was also barrel fermented and aged on the lees for five months lending body and weight on the palate. After final blending the wine was returned to the fine lees for more ageing before bottling.

So, after all the technical stuff, what does it taste like? Delicious. Although it's full and rich in body, it's also delightfully fresh and light, full of tropical fruit flavour, pineapple and honey, with crisp fresh grapefruit on the finish. It's a perfect warm weather wine, that also pairs well with a variety of foods - salads, buttered fish, creamy sauces.

If you've never experienced a GOOD Chenin Blanc before you should give this a try.

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Zevenwacht Sauvignon Blanc 360 2011 Stellenbosch 75cl

Cybercellar 5 Stars for this 2011 - Platter hasn't rated this vintage yet but awarded 5 Stars for the 2010. We're quietly confident this 2011 will get 5 stars from him and his team again!

Only 6000 bottles of this top Sauvignon Blanc are produced annually. It's sourced from their highest single vineyard, south facing from the top of which there's a 360 degree view of the entire estate, hence the name. The grapes are harvested by hand at night to retain maximum freshness, with 5% barrel fermented to increase richness, body and complexity. It has strong, ripe fruit flavours, rich on the palate with great balancing acidity and tremendous length. Great wine.

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Zevenwacht Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Stellenbosch 75cl

13.5% abv. Another superb wine from Jacques Viljoen. A lovely, crisp, fresh Sauvignon. Bags of fruit with very good balance and length. It seems Jacques really does get the best out of any varietal. He's an expert wine maker who takes enormous pride in producing superior quality wines.

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Zevenwacht The Tin Mine White Blend 2011 Stellenbosch 75cl

John Platter 4 Stars, Old Mutual Wine Show - Bronze Medal, IWSC - Silver Medal

This is a lovely wine, rich and exotic with plenty of body, tropical fruit flavours and palate cleansing acidity. It's a blend of four grapes - Chardonnay, Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Rousanne.

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Zevenwacht Zeven Blanc 2011 Stellenbosch 75cl

Veritas Awards - Bronze Medal

This is a very pleasant easy drinking wine for a summer's day. It's 75% Sauvignon Blanc with 20% Semillon (barrel fermented) and a little Nouvelle (it's a new grape to me too!). It's fresh and light with plenty of zingy fruit and a little weight on the palate from the Semillon. They sell loads of this at the winery restaurant out on the terrace as it's a perfect wine to enjoy on a hot day.

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Zevenwacht Z Gewurztraminer 2012 Stellenbosch 75cl

Exceptionally limited of course as Jacques only makes 1 pallet (600 bottles) - this year we have only received 9 cases of 6 for the UK! This wine won't hang around long!

Appealing freshness and viscosity with luscious flavours of litchi give this wine a seductive mid-palate and lingering finish. To retain fruit expression rigorous hand selection took place of only the pink/purple bunches. The grapes were crushed and de-stemmed, moving away from, whole bunch pressing, allowing for higher quality juice with superb aromatic potential. After settling we racked the wine to second fill French oak 500L barrels, where natural fermentation took place. We stirred the lees in barrel every week for 6 months before we racked the wine to stainless steel. The wine was left on the lees for another month. Bottling took place without filtration. Sediment may result over time. Careful decanting will allow for a clear drink and the most advantageous expression of this aromatic wine. Only 500 litres have been produced.

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Zevenwacht Semillon Natural Sweet 2005 Stellenbosch 37.5cl

This is Denise's dessert wine, made in tiny quantities and not even on their website.

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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 east 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 Chenin Blanc 2012 Stellenbosch 75cl

Decanter Silver Medal. Top 100 South African Wines 2011. Top Stellenbosch District Award 2011 for the 2009.

The Jordan winery is owned and run by Gary and Kathy Jordan, both qualified winemakers having studied at the Davis institute in California. They are now well known for producing world class wines. This is a delicious wine - please click the more info link for tasting notes.

We have a few bottles of 2008 left then onto 2012.

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Jordan Unoaked Chardonnay 2012/13 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 2013 Stellenbosch 75cl

Brand new vintage, not on Jordan's website yet. No doubt as excellent as ever.

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Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay Reserve 2011 Stellenbosch 75cl

Last 3 bottles!

This is a great wine. Big rich buttery flavours on the palate initially, then the oak shows through on the finish. This is a full bodied, luscious wine which would be lovely to enjoy on it's own, but we also paired it with a cheese tasting we were doing, including a spicy chile cheese - Snowdonia Cheese Company's Red Devil - and it stood up to the heat and strong flavours really well. I've tasted a lot of Chardonnays but I can't recall any that balanced the fruit and the oak so superbly. Great length too. Highly recommended.

The 2013 is being released late September - you can email to reserve some if you wish as our allocation won't last long.

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Jordan Mellifera 2011 Noble Late Harvest Riesling 375ml

John Platter 4 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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Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2008 & 2010 75cl

Extremely rare, Boekenhoutskloof's Semillon. We have a few cases of both 2008 and 2010 so please specify when ordering if you have a preference. Below is text taken from their website:

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This wine has creamy white fruit on the nose, with hints of almond, spiced citrus and stonefruit. It shows an appealing freshness with blossoms and the typical minerality from this vineyard. The 2009 Semillon possesses an impressive weight on a rounded palate with its appealing texture and unmistakeable poise. With the lanolin and other tertiary flavours that will develop with bottle age, this wine will be one of the most complex and balanced ever to be produced from these 107 year old vines. The lively natural acidity was enhanced by blending it with 8% of 2010 Sauvignon Blanc from Boekenhoutskloof.

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Boekenhoutskloof Semillon Noble Late Harvest 2009 375ml

Platter 4.5 Stars

The rarest of all Boekenhoutskloof wines (with the possible exception of "The Journeyman"). They only make 4 barrels of this truly stunning wine.

Their semillon vineyard is right next to the winery, and is very small. Yields are very low, but made even lower by the baboons that sneak into the vineyard to eat the grapes. Although they keep watch and drive them off, they inevitably lose some this way.

Inge very kindly opened a bottle of this wine for us when we were out there, and it was just sublime. This is a world class dessert wine.

We have just taken delivery of 30 (half) bottles, and that will be it for this vintage so first come first served. We actually sold all our existing stock of 2003 (I think) to one of the Boekenhoutskloof owners who was over in the UK for a trip and couldn't believe his luck to find it here as there wasn't even a single bottle left at the winery.

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