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.
- 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
Sulphite level: Medium Low
- 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 and very low sulphite too, so no ill effects or headaches etc.
Free sulphur: 22mg/l
Sulphite level: Very Low