South African White Wines

We stock top quality South African white wines from several boutique wineries such as Grande Provence in Franschoek, Rainbows End in Stellenbosch, Joubert Tradauw at Barrydale in the Klein Karoo, and from Boplaas, South Africa's finest port producer. We also stock some of the top wines from some of the better known larger wineries such as Jordans, Tokara and Chamonix.

South Africa has a wonderful vibrant wine industry. It is considered "new world" by many although actually dates back to the mid 17th century when French Huguenots settled there and planted vines. Historic centres like the beautiful Franschoek valley still bear many French names for the properties and wine farms. It is stunningly beautiful and a fabulous place for a holiday if you are fortunate enough to visit.

The wine industry has gone through something of a revolution since apartheid ended when most South African white wine production was bulk wine run by the state. Now there are many artisan wineries producing excellent wines, with around 600 wineries in Stellenbosch alone. Some are pretty big operations running accomodation and restaurants, some are tiny, literally husband and wife teams.

We import wines directly from some of these tiny artisan family wineries. They are great quality and exceptional value for money. We also source some of the top wines from some of the more famous larger wineries such as Ernie Els and Tokara through their established UK agents. With the South African Rand remiaing weak, South African white wine is currently unbeatable value for money.

We strongly recommend you try some of our boutique wines from these small artisan wineries, in particular for the whites try Boplaas, Claime D'Or, Grande Provence and the lovely Chenins from Rainbows End. And the superb barrel fermented Chardonnay from Joubert Tradauw too.

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  1. Boplaas Bobbejaanberg Sauvignon Blanc

    Top Sauvignon Blanc in Klein Karoo/ Swartberg/ Prins Albert @ Novare SA Terroir Awards 2017

    Boplaas is a top family winery in Calutzdorp and this "Bobbejaanberg" (meaning baboon mountain) is a top class Sauvignon Blanc. A handmade limited production wine - 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.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £14.99
  2. Tokara Reserve Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2014/15

    This Chardonnay from Tokara is from their superior Reserve range, 2014 vintage.

    93 Points Tim Atkin

    91 Points Stephen Tanzer

    Tokara is a large high profile winery on the Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschoek, an ideal site for quality Chardonnay. 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.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £17.99
  3. Tokara Reserve Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2013

    This Chardonnay from Tokara is from their superior Reserve range, 2013 vintage this time.

    89 Points Parker

    93 Points Tim Atkin

    91 Points Stephen Tanzer

    We have only a few bottles of the 2013 vintage left.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £17.99
  4. Tokara Reserve Elgin Sauvignon Blanc

    Please note this is the superior Elgin Sauvignon Blanc from Tokara's Reserve range, not the Stellenbosch Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.

    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.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £17.99
  5. Joubert Tradauw Chardonnay

    Platter 4 Stars

    This Joubert Tradauw Chardonnay is a beauty. Joubert Tradauw is a superb tiny family winery in the Little Karoo, producing some excellent handcrafted wines in a natural style. Meyer Joubert farms organically (although not certified) and uses minimal additives or manipulation in the cellar. This Chardonnay is superb, as are his red wines.

    Barrel fermented and left on the lees for 12 months to add body, weight and complexity. Initial citrus flavours with some vanilla, the oak is tempered and the whole wine has great balance of fruit, oak and natural 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.

    Free sulphur: 32 at bottling, lower now

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £14.99
  6. Zevenwacht The Tin Mine White Blend

    Zevenwacht Tin Mine White is an interesting lightly oaked blend from Zevenwacht, a large, quality wine producer in Stellenbosch.

    2016 Double Gold at the National Wine Challenge

    IWSC Silver

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £10.99
  7. Jordan Unoaked Chardonnay

    Platter 3.5 Stars

    Jordan Unoaked Chardonnay is a fresh crisp wine with full round body.

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £11.45
  8. Jordan Chardonnay Barrel Fermented

    This Jordans is a fantastic barrel fermented Chardonnay, and is great value for money.

    A lovely Chardonnay from Gary and Kathy Jordan, made more in the style of a good Burgundy rather than typical big new world fruit. Lightly oaked.

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £13.49
  9. Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay Reserve

    This single vineyard Jordans 9 Yards Chardonnay is also barrel fermented.

    Platter 4.5 Stars

    The flagship, reserve Chardonnay from Gary and Kathy Jordan. On allocation only so usually sells out annually before the summer. We have probably 60 bottles or so left, so be quick.

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £24.95
  10. Rainbow's End Wooded Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch

    Rainbow's End is one of my favourite wineries. This time Anton has aged some of his excellent Chenin Blanc in wood for a few months.

    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.

    Free sulphur: 25mg/l

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99
  11. Rainbow's End Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch

    Rainbow's End is one of my favourite wineries, and this Chenin Blanc is excellent.

    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 Chenin Blanc 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 .

    Free sulphur: 28mg/l

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99
  12. Cape Chamonix Reserve Chardonnay 2015

    Please note this is the Reserve Chardonnay 2015 vintage from Cape Chamonix - a magnificent wine this particular vintage. Not to be confused with the standard Cape Chamonix Chardonnay, or a previous vintage.

    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.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £21.95
  13. The Grande Provence White

    Grande Provence's sensational white blend - the previous vintage (the first ever release) was awarded joint top SA white of this style.

    Platter 4 Stars

    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.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £26.00
  14. The Grande Provence Amphora Chenin

    Grande Provence have produced a tiny amount of Chenin Blanc fermented in a clay amphora.

    Platter 4.5 Stars

    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.

    Free sulphur: 23

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £40.00
  15. Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc

    Grande Provence have produced an excellent Sauvignon Blanc here.

    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.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £13.99
  16. Grande Provence Viognier & Chenin Blanc

    Platter 4 Stars

    Grande Provence Viognier & Chenin Blanc 2016 is a delicious easy drinking wine ideal for a light lunch or to enjoy on a sunny day.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £11.99
  17. Grande Provence Chardonnay

    Platter 4 Stars

    Gold - The Sommeliers Selection Awards

    Grande Provence Chardonnay is one of South Africa's finest Chardonnays.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £17.99
  18. Angels Tears Sauvignon Blanc by Grande Provence

    Angels Tears Sauvignon Blanc by Grande Provence is a superb wine at an affordable price for everyday drinking.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £8.99
  19. Angels Tears White Blend by Grande Provence

    Grande Provence Angels Tears White Blend is a medium sweet wine, delicious to savour on it's own or as a digestif to round off a meal. Grande Provence is a boutique winery in the beautiful Franschoek Valley producing some excellent wines. The Angels Tears is their entry level range but they are far from entry level quality. These are very good wines at great prices.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £8.99
  20. Cape Chamonix Chardonnay 2015

    This Chardonnay from Cape Chamonix is excellent value.

    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 Chardonnay as it was awarded Plater 5 Stars which usually goes to less than 100 wines per year out of over 10,000 tasted, and I'm a huge Chardonnay fan.

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

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £14.99
  21. Jordan Mellifera Noble Late Harvest Riesling 375ml

    Platter 4.5 Stars

    Jordan Mellifera Noble Late Harvest Riesling is a superb rich dessert wine, yet still fresh and clean on the finish.

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £13.80

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