South African White Wines

We stock top quality South African white wines from several artisan family wineries such as Rainbows End in Stellenbosch, Joubert Tradauw at Barrydale in the Klein Karoo, and from Boplaas winery at Calitzdorp plus also Fledge & Co which is the "garage" limited production range from Margaux (the younger daughter) and her husband Leon. These wines are made in very limited quantities and are excellent value as we are working closely with Leon as we love his attitude and passion. We are also fortunate to get a bit of wine from the master of Chenin - Jean Daneel.

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. With the South African Rand remaining weak, South African white wine is currently unbeatable value for money.

We no longer source wines from the bigger operators. While some like Chamonix (a boutique winery by most standards but we prefer smaller family wineries) make some very good wine, the prices via established agents just don't present the same value as buying direct from the artisan wineries themselves, and therefore can't off the same value for money.

 

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  1. 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 and we prefer to err on the side of caution. If you have a sulphite allergy try Leon's other Sauvignon Blanc - "Fume Blanc" which has just 4mg/l free SO2.

    Free sulphur: 43mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £11.50
  2. Rainbow's End Chenin Blanc

    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 and very low sulphite too, so no ill effects or headaches etc.

    Highly recommended.

    Free sulphur: 22mg/l

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99

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