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. The Fledge & Co Vagabond

    Tim Atkin 93 Points

    Platter 4 Stars

    Neal Martin 88 Points

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    Leon says: "A proper barrel fermented & matured Cape White blend, encompassing vines from across the length and breadth of the Cape's winelands.  The current 2016 vintage is a combination of Steen, Chardonnay, Viognier, Verdelho & Grenache blanc - it's very food friendly & akin to Rhone white with a lot more refinement thanks to our cool climate Chardonnay, low alcohol & use of old French oak casks." 

    Gold in colour with wonderful clarity. Swirl it around to see the legs on the glass. Lovely flavours with peach and some citrus. Quite full body with a creamy mouthfeel. This is lovely wine. delicate for a South African, made in an elegant and classy style.

    Be careful not to overchill this beauty!

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  2. The Fledge & Co Hoeksteen

    Tim Atkin 92 Points

    Neal Martin 91 Points

    Platter 4.5 Stars

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    Leon states "A single vineyard, dry land farmed bush vines, barrel fermented & matured Chenin from the Bottelary planted in 1983 & which they only crafted 200 cases of. The Hoeksteen is a wine which benefits greatly from further bottle maturation & is (unintentionally) very "Loire"-like."

    For me personally it was a little too French! I like my whites with a bit more power. This reminded me a lot of white Burgundy which many would say was a compliment. I would say if you like your Northern French whites this would be up your street but if you like a fuller heavier white then opt for the Fledge Vagabond instead.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  3. The Fledge & Co Klipspringer

    Tim Atkin 92 Points

    Platter 4 Stars

    Winemag.co.za 93 Points

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    Part barrel fermented and matured on the lees to produce a complex wine with real ageing potential. Plale gold in colour with amazing clarity, some legs sticking to the glass. Lovely flavours, yet fairly delicate. Fine palate weight and a crisp cleansing natural acidity on the finish. This is very good wine, particularly suited to food such as grilled fish or chicken dishes. Be careful not to over chill it though. We chose not to use an ice bucket and let the wine relax a bit, and it just got better and better.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  4. The Fledge & Co Fume Blanc

    Tim Atkin 93 Points

    Platter 4 Stars

    Neal Martin 91 Points

    James Suckling 90 Points

    Winemag.co.za 90 Points

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    This "Fume Blanc" is a blend of hand harvested Sauvignon grapes from two sites, one in Stellenbosch overlooking False Bay and the other up at Gansbaai north of Cape Town on the Atlantic coast. It was both barrel fermented and barrel matured, then bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    This is a complex wine, a big hit with their customers in South Africa and clearly well liked by Tim Atkin MW too.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  5. Jikken Bareru Nel & Coetzee Steen

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    This Jikken Barreru (Japanese for "experimental barrels") Steen (Chenin Blanc) is from two old plots of bush vines in Swartland. Pale gold in colour with some legs when you swirl it in the glass. A faint nose gives way to soft flavours on the palate with some pear and stone fruit. It has an almost creamy texture with good mouthfeel, and like the Sauvignon finishes crisp and dry. Perfect for turkey this Christmas or with Asian dishes or crreamy pasta.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £11.50
  6. Jikken Bareru Sauvignon Blanc

    Platter 4 Stars

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    This Jikken Barreru (Japanese for "experimental barrels") Sauvignon is from two different sites, one at Simonsberg, the best site for Sauvignon in Stellenbosch, blended with wine from Elgin, well known as the best cool climate zone in SA due to it's altitude and location right above False Bay.

    Very pale, almost clear in the glass. It has an intense nose with typical big Sauvignon aromas. Then big fruit on the palate finishing absolutely bone dry. This is very good wine for the money.

    Please note for anybody with a full blown sulphite allergy, we gave it a medium low sulphite rating as Jane had a very mild reaction. The free sulphur has remained free as there are no impurities to bind with! It is fine for anybody without an allergy and is a good healthy wine which won't give you a hangover.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £11.50
  7. 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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    £14.50
  8. 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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    £26.50
  9. 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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    £13.99
  10. 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
  11. 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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    £11.99
  12. 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. Awaiting awards info for the 2017.

    Tokara is a large privately owned 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
  13. Tokara Reserve Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2015

    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
  14. 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
  15. Cape Chamonix Reserve Chardonnay

    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 4.5 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
  16. Cape Chamonix Chardonnay

    This Chardonnay from Cape Chamonix is excellent value.

    Platter 4.5 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.

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

    Only 2 bottles left at present.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £15.95

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