Such is my enthusiasm for the wines of South Africa that I list them first. Why the enthusiam? It is because, for me, these wines combine the best of the "old" world and the best of the "new" in wine making terms. Many grape varieties seem to grow better in South Africa than they do anywhere else - Chenin Blanc being a prime example. Another would be the wonderful Mourvèdre which you can find as a single varietal wine in the south of France and, as Monastrell, in Spain but somehow it gains another dimension in Swartland (particularly but not exclusively). The selection here includes some truly great wines and I have seldom, if ever, encountered a bad bottle. Please give them a go!
Primordial Soup White Blend Non Vintage
This blend of unspecified grape varieties grown in the Swartland, where absolute ripeness is guaranteed, is fresh and clean with a citrusy feel to it.
False Bay Chardonnay 2017/18
Although unoaked this is made from sun ripened fruit, giving it much greater depth and flavour.
False Bay Wild Yeast Chenin Blanc 2019
Possibly my favourite Chenin Blanc. Consistently good - rich and apricoty.
Darling Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Crisp and clean - excellent value.
Barton Chenin Blanc 2017
Mature Chenin Blanc made by the experienced team at Barton.
Barton Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Mature Sauvignon, drinking nicely.
Groote Post The OMB 2019
Sauvignon / Chenin blend in which the former predominates. Delicious!
The Tea Leaf 2019
No longer 100% Chenin as it also contains Palomino and Grenache Blanc but still an exciting and unusual wine.
Groote Post Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Clean and crisp with plenty of Sauvignon zing.
Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc 2019 The Amos Block
Back on form after a slow start - one of my favourite SA Sauvignons.
Vondeling Barrel Selection Chardonnay 2019
Absolutely ace Chardonnay with just the right amount of oak.
Groote Post Seasalter 2020
Containing 90% Sauvignon with 10% Semillon, this is really classy wine with great depth and finesse.
Percheron Shiraz / Mourvèdre 2020
Still on great form - Rhône style wine with lots of fruit and real quality. Exceptionally good value for money.
False Bay Pinotage 2017/19
Very good 'modern' style Pinotage - not too heavy.
Percheron Old Vine Cinsault 2019
Slightly lighter than the wine below - really enjoyable.
The Curator Red Blend 2012
From the wonderful Adi Badenhorst - a joyful blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Viognier.
Withington Wines Roan Ranger 2015
Brilliant new wine, a Rhône blend of Cinsaut, Grenache and Mourvèdre.
Barton Rouge 2015
An "almost Bordeaux" blend containing 40% Merlot - very well made and drinkable.
Revenant Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Superb Cabernet from Stellenbosch - claret like in style.
Darling Cellars The Capeman SMG 2017
A new blend (Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Grenache) for this popular wine - and a new label.
Darling Cellars Chocoholic Pinotage 2017
This is amazing! It really does taste chocolatey and almost more like a light port. Very moreish.
Spice Route Grenache 2012
A great wine - really Rhône-ish. Limited availability.
Vondeling Baldrick Shiraz 2014
Don't be put off by the jokey name - this is a serious wine (or should that be 'cunning'?)
Spice Route Mourvèdre 2016
Just one of my favourite wines on the entire list... New vintage.
Barton Winemaker's Reserve 2012
Classic Bordeaux blend of Merlot and Cabernet. Really classy stuff. An absolute joy to drink.
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 2018
Western Cape, South Africa
Another old favourite returns! The great South African sparkler which ages beautifully. One of the few sparkling wines outside the Champagne region to include Pinot Meunier in the blend.