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A.A. Badenhorst
2021 Secateurs Chenin Blanc, AA Badenhorst Dry | White | Still

The 2021 Secateurs Chenin is the best example we've tried. Loads of fresh, crunchy apple fruit and a lovely lick of spice, with a hint of oatmeal make this an awful lot of wine for the price. And if you forget a few bottles in the back of the cellar, you might just be surprised.,

Young: 2022 - 2026
2021 Secateurs Red Blend, AA Badenhorst Dry | Red | Still

We first tried the 2021 Secateurs red at a wedding on Adi's farm in November 2021: it's hard to explain just how easy this is to drink.

A blend of Shiraz, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Mourvedre and Grenache, it's so juicy, fine boned, and fresh. Brilliant.

Young: 2022 - 2027
Caperitif Kaapse Dief, AA Badenhorst Spirit | Vermouth | 18.5%

In the early 20th century, Caperitif was mentioned in many of the greatest bartending books, and now Adi is bringing this Vermouth-like aperitif back to life. 46 different ingredients are infused into a wine base, which is fortified with grape spirit. It's utterly delicious, and transports you to the cape immediately. We love it with tonic and ice, but check our Adi's website for more cocktail ideas.

Ready
2020 Raaigras Grenache, A.A. Badenhorst, Swartland Dry | Red | Still | 13%

The 2020 Raaigras is a beautiful Grenache, coming from just twelve long rows of the vineyard in front of the estate, planted in 1952, making it the oldest Grenache in the Cape. It’s delicate and floral on the nose, with a power and intensity that builds over the palate. There’s stunning freshness here, and a long and mineral finish. Beautifully done.

Young: 2023 - 2037
2019 Kalmoesfontein Family White, AA Badenhorst Dry | White | Still

54% Chenin Blanc, 14% Semillon, 13% Roussanne, 9% Viognier, 6% Grenache Blanc and 4% Palomino. This is just so good. Floral on the nose, there’s notes of marzipan and sea spray, and then stem ginger and plenty of grippy texture on the palate. Our favourite SA white blend, surely.

Young: 2022 - 2032
2020 Ramnasgras Cinsault, AA Badenhorst Dry | Red | Still

A serious Cinsault from a vineyard planted on the Paardeberg in 1954. This has notes of liquorice, rose petal, and lifted strawberry fruit. And it will age brilliantly, too. Powdery tannins complete the picture. You can almost taste the soil here. Brilliant.

Young: 2022 - 2029
2020 Kelderblok Chenin Blanc, AA Badenhorst Dry | White | Still

Planted at the same time as the Klipkop, next to the cellar (Kelder in Afrikaans), just 1,400litres of juice came from 1.2hectares: yields are astonishingly small here. It's a little more overtly fruited, with hints of yellow fruit, but still incredible focus on the saline finish. Brilliant.

Young: 2023 - 2032
2019 Kalmoesfontein Family Red, AA Badenhorst Dry | Red | Still

A blend of Shiraz, Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Tinta Barocca and Touriga National, there's wonderful depth here, with notes of fynbos and lots of spice, with clove and dried thyme shining through. This is incredibly pure and fine boned: a brilliant wine from Adi and his team.

Young: 2022 - 2033
Alphabetical
2021 'Vin Blanc' White, Alphabetical Dry | White | Still

A unique wine in our South Africa offer, this is mainly Roussanne, with a drop of Chardonnay. It's all about texture and bright fruit. Roussanne can be a little heavy, but there's none of that here: it's savoury and frest, with just a hint of herbal lift.

Young: 2022 - 2026
2020 Red Vin Ordinaire, Alphabetical Dry | Red | Still

A Cabernet Franc led blend, this is one of the best bargains on our list. Loads of ripe, juicy fruit, fine-grained tannins, and a mouth-watering freshness, having a bottle to hand is a must.

Young: 2022 - 2027
2020 Full Moon White Field Blend, Alphabetical Dry | White | Still

The Full Moon White is a field blend from a single vineyard on the Swartland’s Uitkyk farm, a farm where plenty of others source grapes. Just a handful of bottles are made of this blend of Chenin, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Chardonnay, from a 45 year old vineyard. Lovely weight on the palate, and plenty of energy. Delicious.

Young: 2022 - 2027
Blank Bottle
2019 But Why?, Blank Bottle Dry | Red | Still

A cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon, with very refined tannins, a little clove spice and lifted lavender notes, and a lovely core of dark fruit. Pieter is so talented when it comes to this grape variety.

Young: 2023 - 2035
2020 Master of None, Blank Bottle, Western Cape Dry | Red | Still

A left field blend from Pieter: Grenache, Cinsault, Pinot, Syrah and then some Chenin Blanc & Viognier. This is a ripost to those who claim Pieter is a jack of all trades, master of none. It's so easy drinking, but with the structure and length to make it interesting.

Young: 2022 - 2029
2020 Retirement @ 65, Blank Bottle, Darling Dry | Red | Still | 12%

From a vineyard that only really started being productive at the age of 65, this is so lifted and pure. It's one of the best examples of Cinsault we know of in South Africa. Just so delicious.

Young: 2022 - 2029
2020 Little William, Blank Bottle Dry | Red | Still

The 2020 Little William Syrah is a stunning, cool-climate Syrah from one of South Africa’s most dynamic producers. It’s cool, fresh and perfumed, with lots of floral lift and a really mineral finish. This is so delicious now, but will age well, too.

Ready: 2021 - 2031
2020 The Empire Strikes Back, Blank Bottle Dry | White | Still

The 2020 Empire Strikes Back is a blend of Verdelho, Marsanne, Viognier, Roussanne, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, and is fragrant, textured, and impressively long. There’s a ripeness to the fruit here, but it’s not overblown: rather, it’s all about layers of flavour and precision on the saline finish. It’s a brilliant South African white: one to discover.

Ready: 2021 - 2030
Boschkloof
2020 Sons of Sugarland Syrah, Boschkloof, Stellenbosch Dry | Red | Still

While the Epilogue Syrah gets all the plaudits, the Sons of Sugarland is arguably just as good, if not even better. It sees no oak, and is a peppery, suave, floral expression of the grape. With bottlings like this, it's no wonder that Reenen is regarded as one of the Cape's Syrah masters.

Young: 2023 - 2038
Chris Alheit
2020 Hereafter Here Chenin Blanc, Alheit Vineyards, Western Cape Dry | White | Still | 13.5%

From young wines on Chris’ own farm, from Oudam and Arbeitsend farms on the Skurfberg, and from Piekenierskloof. All dry farmed Chenin, this is so complex and fragrant, with plenty of up front fruit and a long and fine finish. Brilliant: a fine debut.

Young: 2022 - 2030
2020 Hemelrand Vine Garden, Alheit Vineyards, Western Cape Dry | White | Still | 13%

Strictly limited to 12 bottles per customer.

A blend of 32% Chardonnay, 25% Roussanne, 13% Chenin Blanc, 13% Verdelho, 5% Muscat, this is the first vintage this has been predominantly Chardonnay. This is so complex and delicious, and gets better and better every year. A brilliant wine from a wonderful producer.

Young: 2023 - 2037
Crystallum
2020 Peter Max Pinot Noir, Crystallum, Walker Bay Dry | Red | Still | 14.3%

The Peter Max Pinot Noir is the introduction to the estate. It comes from five different plots, from different regions, and its name honours the first growers to sell grapes for the wine (the sources have since changed). It’s lifted and approachable, with lots of pomegranate and blood orange character. Just lovely in 2020.

Young: 2022 - 2030
David & Nadia
2020 Chenin Blanc, David & Nadia Sadie, Swartland White | Still

From seven different vineyards, planted on different soils, with planting dates ranging from 1968 to 1985. This is the best yet: suave and silky, with just enough palate weight and a lovely thread of acidity.

Young: 2022 - 2029
2019 Elpidios, David & Nadia Sadie, Swartland Red | Still

38% Grenache Noir, 36% Syrah, 10% Pinotage, 9% Carignan and 7% Cinsaut. Minty, floral, and incredibly expressive on the nose, it’s the texture that’s particularly good here. Long, savoury, and very moreish, this is excellent.

Young: 2022 - 2030
2020 Aristargos, David & Nadia Sadie, Swartland White | Still

49% Chenin Blanc, 10% Roussanne, 9% Semillon, 8% Marsanne, 7% Clairette Blanche, 6% Viognier, 5% Verdelho, 4% Grenache Blanc and, for the first time, 2% Colombard . This is a stunning blend, with lovely weight, floral lift, and a mouthwatering finish. Very nice indeed.

Young: 2022 - 2029
2020 Skaliekop Chenin Blanc, David & Nadia Sadie, Swartland White | Still

The first single vineyard they made was the Skaliekop, from a vineyard planted in 1985 on the Paardebosch farm. This vineyard is an anomaly: an island of schist on the normally granite Paardeberg. Indeed, the name means hill of Shale, and this gives a mineral, reserved character to the wine. This has notes of fennel and lime blossom, and the potential here is outstanding.

Young: 2022 - 2033
2020 Chenin Blanc, David & Nadia Sadie, Swartland Magnum White | Still

From seven different vineyards, planted on different soils, with planting dates ranging from 1968 to 1985. This is the best yet: suave and silky, with just enough palate weight and a lovely thread of acidity.

Young: 2022 - 2029
2020 Hoë-Steen Chenin Blanc, David & Nadia Sadie, Swartland White | Still

The Hoë Steen, literally high Chenin Blanc, comes from tall bush vines (hence the name) planted in 1968 on iron rich soils some 40km to the west. South facing it ripens late, and there’s a bed of limestone, virtually unheard of in the Swartland, that brings nervy acidity alongside the wine’s creamy texture. There’s a lovely peachy core here, and a long and saline finish. Brilliant.

Young: 2022 - 2033
2019 Elpidios, David & Nadia Sadie, Swartland Magnum Red | Still

38% Grenache Noir, 36% Syrah, 10% Pinotage, 9% Carignan and 7% Cinsaut. Minty, floral, and incredibly expressive on the nose, it’s the texture that’s particularly good here. Long, savoury, and very moreish, this is excellent.

Young: 2022 - 2030
Gabrielskloof
2020 Elodie Chenin Blanc, Gabrielskloof, Swartland White | Still

From five sites in the Swartland, this might just be the best pick in the entire range. It’s a wine that works on different levels: it’s easy drinking and very approachable, with pure fruit and mouth watering freshness. But there’s also a complexity and purity here that marks out the Cape’s very best Chenin Blancs.

Young: 2022 - 2030
2018 Magdalena Semillon, Gabrielskloof, Swartland White | Still

Semillon from a 40 year old vineyard in Franschhoek and a younger vineyard in the Swartland, blended with just 15% of Sauvignon Blanc from the farm craft a wine that’s textured and ample, with an amazing mouthfeel. Notes of lime and jasmine complete the picture on this really charming, savoury wine.

Young: 2022 - 2028
2018 Cabernet Franc, Gabrielskloof, Bot River Red | Still

The most improved wine in the cellar, this is a really lovely Cabernet Franc. From shale and sandstone, there’s lovely red fruited perfume as well as plenty of energy on the finish. This is incredibly well balanced.

Young: 2024 - 2036
2018 Syrah On Sandstone, Gabrielskloof, Bot River Red | Still

From vines that are reaching a good level of maturity, this is a really impressive Syrah from Peter-Allan. Lavender and liquorice, and blackberry fruit mark out a wine that balances the warmth of the site and delicate winemaking. Outstanding.

Young: 2024 - 2035
2021 Amphora Sauvignon Blanc, Gabrielskloof, Swartland White | Still

As the name might suggest, this from Elgin and Botrivier fruit was all fermented and then left in amphorae. It’s nicely textured, with grapefruit purity, and loads of salinity on the palate. A really delicious Sauvignon Blanc.

Young: 2022 - 2028
2021 Whole Bunch Syrah, Gabrielskloof, Bot River Red | Still

Just the second vintage, and produced in miniscule quantities, this is floral and lifted, with lovely purity of fruit, and a juicy, fine-boned finish. Serve this at cellar temperature for a totally delicious Syrah.

Young: 2022 - 2033
Ginny Povall
2017 Big Flower Merlot, Botanica Wines, Ginny Povall Dry | Red | Still

Just an incredibly delicious Merlot from Ginny's Stellenbosch estate, this is plummy, juicy, and fine-boned, with a lovely thread of acidity. One to pop and pour.

Young: 2022 - 2029
2021 Mary Delany Chenin Blanc, Botanica Wines, Ginny Povall Dry | White | Still

This comes from the legendary Skurfberg, from the Oudam farm. At this stage it's very tightly wound, with notes of thyme and fynbos, and incredible drive. Give this a couple of years, and it will be brilliant.

Young: 2023 - 2031
2020 Mary Delany Chenin Blanc, Botanica Wines, Ginny Povall Dry | White | Still | 14%

From the Oudam farm on the Skurfberg, this is perhaps the biggest bargain there is from this legendary mountainside far up the wild west coast. Notes of pink grapefruit and blood orange on the nose, and there's plenty of Chenin texture here, too. Bright, piercing acidity completes the picture on this ageworthy Chenin.

Young: 2022 - 2030
Hamilton Russell
2020 Chardonnay, Hamilton Russell, Walker Bay Dry | White | Still

The 2020 Chardonnay from Hamilton Russell shows lovely freshness and purity, with excellent definition of fruit. It continues the estate's march towards more elegant, refined wines, and is one of the most enjoyable examples we've tried. Understandably, winemaker Emul is absolutely thrilled.

Young: 2022 - 2032
Jessica Saurwein
2021 Chi Riesling, Jessica Saurwein Off Dry | White | Still

The Chi Riesling is from the cool region of Elgin, and reflects Jessica’s love for all things Mosel. Indeed, the soils here, at 300m of altitude and 10km from the ocean, are red slate, just like the hillsides above Urzig. It’s slightly off-dry (although in German classifications it would be classed as dry), and is a pure, savoury Riesling that’s simply delicious. Chi means ‘life force’, reflecting the energy Jessica seeks in her Riesling, and also refers to Chiuta, the African rain god: Elgin is the wettest part of the Cape. This ages brilliantly.

Young: 2022 - 2030
2020 Om Pinot Noir, Jessica Saurwein, Villiersdorp Red | Still

The Om Pinot Noir comes from a vineyard planted on the Hemel-en-Aarde ridge in 2006, just 12km from the sea, at 300m of altitude. Here, the soils are granitic with plenty of clay, and the resulting wine is more savoury and earthy than the perfume of the Nom. For Jessica, Om symbolises the concept of universal creation, while the word is also synonymous with peace. It’s more nervy than the Nom, with more depth and texture, too. There’s a refinement to the tannins, and impressive length.

Young: 2023 - 2032
Kanonkop Wine Estates
2019 Pinotage, Kanonkop, Stellenbosch Red | Still

Strictly limited to 12 bottles per customer.

The country’s benchmark Pinotage delivers again in 2019. Notes of rose petal and a whiff of smoke on the nose, the palate is vibrant and full, with lovely minerality on the finish.

Young: 2024 - 2037
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Kanonkop, Stellenbosch Red | Still

Strictly limited to 12 bottles per customer.

2017 was a spectacular vintage in South Africa, and this Cabernet Sauvignon is a brilliant iteration from Kanonkop: possibly the best we’ve tasted from here. This is fine-boned, crunchy, but with perfect ripeness. Don’t miss this.

Young: 2025 - 2040
Keermont Vineyards
2016 Syrah, Keermont Dry | Red | Still | 14.5%

South Africa's best value Syrah? Keermont is clearly a very special place for this grape variety, and this entry level bottling shows remarkable poise, energy, and length. Lots of herbal lift, spice, and such purity of fruit. A really impressive wine, and at this price a no brainer.

Young: 2022 - 2032
2017 Riverside Chenin Blanc, Keermont, Stellenbosch Dry | White | Still | 13.5%

A small parcel of this, the single vineyard Chenin Blanc from the outstanding 2017 vintage, has been made available to us. It was planted in 1971, and this is in such a lovely place right now. Textured, lifted, and incredibly fine-boned, this is a stunning Chenin Blanc.

Young: 2022 - 2030
2015 Amphitheatre, Keermont Dry | Red | Still | 14.5%

Keermont's Bordeaux blend has undergone a revamp from 2015, with more careful selection and much smaller production. This is brilliant: minty, dark berries, and incredibly refined tannins. Very very good.

Young: 2022 - 2033
N/V Fleurfontein, Keermont (Base Vintages 2019, 2020, 2021) Half Sweet | White | Still | 12.5%

Made by pinching the tops of the bunches, concentrating the sugars, and acidity, in the grapes, this is a really lovely sweet wine from Alex Starey. Green pineapple, ginger, and a hint of lemongrass create a very refreshing but intensely sweet wine. This is a blend of vintages, hence (for the one and only time) it's a N/V wine.

Young: 2022 - 2029
Klein Constantia
2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Klein Constantia Dry | White | Still

This is a wine that gets better and better, no doubt thanks to Matt's experimenting with the single vineyard wines. This is the best iteration we've tried, and is up there with the best Sauvignon Blancs we've tried, from anywhere. At this price, not to be missed.

Young: 2022 - 2027
2020 Clara Sauvignon Blanc, Klein Constantia Dry | White | Still

A blend of three different blocks on the Klein Constantia hillside, the 2020 Clara is drop-dead gorgeous. Delicate and floral on the nose, with notes of oyster shell, lime blossom, and sea spray, and plenty of fresh ginger too, this is complex and delicious already. There’s the structure here to age beautifully too. Everyone should secure a case of this, if they can.

Young: 2022 - 2033
2020 Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc, Klein Constantia Dry | White | Still

Taking it's name from the horses that used to work this plot, the Perdeblokke is a real beauty in 2020. There's such energy here, alongside the opulence we've come to expect from this warm site. Sweet and sour in character, this will convert even the most anti-Sauvignon wine lover.

Young: 2022 - 2030
2018 Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia 50cl Bottle Sweet | White | Still

The 2018 is a spectacular Vin de Constance. A wine that shows notes of fresh apricot, wild flowers, and just a hint of wild honey, the finish here is somehow savoury, keeping everything in check. There’s notes of white peach and grapefruit zing, and then spice fills the palate, too. It’s an astonishingly complex wine, that is somehow intellectual and delicious at the same time.

Ready: 2021 - 2050
2019 Block 382 Sauvignon Blanc, Klein Constantia Dry | White | Still

Just a few hundred bottles of this single block are produced: for Matt, it's a play thing, something that informs the rest of his winemaking. Notes of ginger and fresh grapefruits swirl from the glass of this wine, that's all about texture and purity. South Africa's best Sauvignon Blanc?

Young: 2022 - 2034
2020 Block 382 Sauvignon Blanc, Klein Constantia Dry | White | Still

Block 382 is a single vineyard at the top of the Klein Constantia hillside, and the 2020 is intense and pure and remarkably textured. Just a few hundred bottles are produced this: we're thrilled to be able to offer it in the UK.

Young: 2022 - 2034
2018 Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia Magnum Sweet | White | Still

The 2018 is a spectacular Vin de Constance. A wine that shows notes of fresh apricot, wild flowers, and just a hint of wild honey, the finish here is somehow savoury, keeping everything in check. There’s notes of white peach and grapefruit zing, and then spice fills the palate, too. It’s an astonishingly complex wine, that is somehow intellectual and delicious at the same time.

Ready: 2021 - 2050
Krone
2016 Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs Cap Classique, Krone, South Africa White | Sparkling | 11%

The 2016 Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs Cap Classique from Krone is a stunning fizz that puts many Champagnes at double the price to shame. Notes of apple and a hint of fresh ginger on the nose, as well as citrus peel, there’s a focussed palate with just the right amount of richness. This is utterly delicious and long. It’s well worth discovering.

Ready: 2021 - 2030
Lismore Estate Vineyards
2020 Phoenix Chenin Blanc, Lismore, WO Paarl Dry | White | Still | 13.5%

The 2020 Phoenix Chenin Blanc comes from a single old vine, organically-farmed vineyard in Paarl, planted with bush Chenin Blanc vines. 70% was vinified in tank, with 30% in barrel (the barrel component was aged at Radford Dale while Sam’s cellar was rebuilt, and hence the wine isn’t labelled organic - Radford Dale isn’t organic). The wine is brilliant. Focussed and textured, with real vibrant energy and an incredibly long finish, it’s not to be missed. 

Young: 2022 - 2028
2020 The Age Of Grace Viognier, Lismore Estate Vineyards, Cape South Coast Dry | White | Still

Sam is probably South Africa’s best Viognier producer. This shows why. Bot River, Elgin, Stellenbosch and Sutherland fruit makes up the blend, and the wine is peachy, with pear skin complexity and stem ginger, too. Lovely.

Young: 2022 - 2027
2018 Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc, Lismore Estate Vineyards, Cape South Coast Dry | White | Still

The 2018 Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc comes from a blend of fruit from the Lismore vineyards, and also from a vineyard overlooking Walker Bay. Creamy, with notes of nettle and manuka honey, and a lovely lifted grapefruit finish. This is textured and poised, with a persistent finish. Really rather lovely.

Ready: 2021 - 2028
2020 Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc, Lismore Estate Vineyards, Cape South Coast Dry | White | Still

30% Greyton fruit, with the rest donated after the fire, this is complex and savoury, with plenty of grapefruit, and then spice from the oak. Really lovely, but needs a little time in bottle.

Young: 2022 - 2030
2018 Syrah, Lismore Estate Vineyards, Greyton Dry | Red | Still

A blend of grapes from Greyton and Cape South Coast. Lovely energy here, with fynbos and tapenade notes, and then a core of dark fruit. Very nicely done.

Young: 2022 - 2030
Lourens Family Wines
2020 Howard John, Lourens Family Wines, Piekenierskloof Dry | Red | Still

The most improved wine in Franco’s cellar, this is a stunner in 2020. It’s a blend of 44% Grenache Noir, 31% Cinsault, and 25% Syrah, and is floral, lifted, and so light on its feet. There’s such perfume here, as well as incredible energy. Just such a delight.

Young: 2023 - 2032
2020 Lindi Carien, Lourens Family Wines, Piekenierskloof Dry | White | Still

This is a blend of 52% Chenin Blanc from Swartland and Stellenbosch, 40% Verdelho from Stellenbosch, from the Cape’s oldest block, 5% Grenache Blanc which spends five days on the skins, and 3% Grenache Gris, fermented in clay pots. It’s a brilliant white, all about texture, drive, and savouriness. This is not to be missed.

Young: 2022 - 2030
2020 Lua Ilsa, Lourens Family Wines Dry | Red | Still

Strictly limited to 6 bottles per customer.

From Piekenierskloof, and produced in tiny quantities, this is a little more serious than last year. Notes of liquorice and plenty of floral lift, and a very silky finish. Delicious, and likely very ageworthy.

Young: 2022 - 2032
Lukas van Loggerenberg
2020 Break-a-Leg Rosé, Lukas van Loggerenberg Dry | Rosé | Still

Lukas van Loggerenberg lamented the lack of a rosé culture in South Africa. And so he decided to do something about it. This comes from Cinsault vines, from the closest vineyard to the southern ocean in Stellenbosch, on the sandy soils of the lower slopes of the Helderberg. More akin to top Bandol rosé than easier, quaffing styles, it’s saline, savoury, and totally beguiling. A total bargain at this price.

Ready: 2021 - 2024
2020 Cinsault 'Geronimo', Lukas van Loggerenberg Dry | Red | Still | 13%

For Lukas, a good glass of Cinsaut should be like jumping into weightlessness, shouting Geronimo. This comes predominantly from 40+ year old vines on the Helderberg, and is one of our favourite Cinsauts from South Africa. Floral and fine, with citrus lift and real salinity, it's an absolute beauty. Slightly chilled, it's ready to go right away - but it will surely age brilliantly, too.

Young: 2021 - 2030
2020 Chenin Blanc 'Trust Your Gut', Lukas van Loggerenberg Dry | White | Still | 13%

The 2020 Trust your gut is absolutely gorgeous. Floral, perfumed and wonderfully lifted, there's a core of grapefruit and elderflower, as well as greengage and yellow plum, and then leesy complexity on the palate. There's such drive on the finish, from the Paardeberg fruit, and then a peacock's tail of flavours emerges. Remarkable, and for this price a must-buy.

Ready: 2021 - 2034
2020 Cabernet Franc 'Breton', Lukas van Loggerenberg Dry | Red | Still | 13%

Lukas is a huge fan of Loire Cabernet Franc, and the Breton is definitely more in this style than most examples from the country. The 2020 is perfumed, with notes of violets and a minty lift, while the palate is silky, saline, and very long indeed. It's from the Polkedraai, from the estate where Lukas lives, and the wine is the hidden gem of his range. Not to be missed.

Young: 2023 - 2034
Minimalist Wines
2020 Stars in the Dark Elim Syrah, Minimalist Wines, Sam Lambson Dry | Red | Still

The 2020 Stars in the Dark comes from 3 different sites within the Cape Agulhas ward, in the far south of the African continent. With parcels on clay, shale, and koffieklip, and each plot treated differently, this is a stunningly pure, silky, complex Syrah. Notes of wild flowers and white pepper swirl from the glass, while the palate has astonishing purity and focus. There's the salinity on the finish that we've come to expect from this great wine. This is not to be missed.

Strictly limited to 12 bottles per customer.

Young: 2023 - 2035
2019 Connect The Dots Syrah, Minimalist Wines, Sam Lambson Dry | Red | Still

The 2019 Connect the Dots comes from 3 different sites - 2 in Elgin, that have subsequently been ripped out, and one in Stellenbosch, on the Helderberg. The wine is whole bunch fermented, and has lift and pepper spice, and a really beguiling texture. This is a real beauty.

Young: 2022 - 2030
Momento
2019 Chenin Blanc / Verdelho, Momento, Western Cape Dry | White | Still

Wary of the propensity of Chenin Blanc to lose acidity when ripening, she wanted something to add vibrancy to the white. The Chenin comes from a 1979-planted vineyard on the Paardeberg, from the same farm as the Grenache, and a 1982-planted vineyard in Botrivier, while the Verdelho comes from the Voor Paardeberg. This is a beautifully elegant, textured white, with white peach, lemon zest, and a hint of brioche on the pithy finish.

Young: 2022 - 2029
2019 Tinta Barocca, Momento, Swartland Dry | Red | Still

A recent bottle of 2013 of this shows just how good Tinta Barocca can be. It’s a real labour of love, and comes from three different, old vine sources: one in Bot Rivier, one in Stellenbosch, and then a parcel on the same farm on the Paardeberg as the other two wines. As mentioned this is a bottling that benefits from a couple of years in bottle: with that it develops wonderful smoky notes, and hints of blood orange. The 2019 is simply stunning: a real hidden gem of our South African range.

Young: 2023 - 2033
2019 Grenache Noir, Momento, Swartland Dry | Red | Still

This is a real contender for South Africa’s finest Grenache. She calls Grenache “South Africa’s Pinot Noir”, and is always looking to make as elegant and precise an example as possible: this comes in at just 13.5% abv, yet is perfectly ripe. It comes mainly from a farm on the Paardeberg, next to Eben Sadie’s farm, and it’s so complex and pure. Notes of wild berries and pomegranate, and a fine thread of acidity - too often missing with Grenache. Just spectacular.

Young: 2023 - 2033
2019 Grenache Gris, Momento, Western Cape Dry | White | Still

This, from the Voor Paardeberg, from really young vines, is just spectacularly delicious. Red apple and wild roses swirl from the glass, while it’s the salinity and texture of the palate that really blew us away. Such an individual wine; such a wonderful wine.

Young: 2022 - 2029
2019 Grenache Blanc, Momento, Western Cape Dry | White | Still

The first vintage of this, completing the Grenache trilogy. It’s from the Voor Paardeberg, and it’s a lovely expression of a grape that can too often be flabby and uninteresting. This is anything but. Lime zest and pear flesh, and just a hint of fresh vanilla pod, this is complex, savoury, and delicious.

Young: 2022 - 2027
Mont Blois
2018 Kweekkamp Chardonnay, Mont Blois, Robertson Dry | White | Still

The Kweekamp Chardonnay comes from a high altitude vineyard, planted on limestone. Limestone, the top pick for Chardonnay plantations throughout the world, is a rarity in the Cape, and this is a tense, mineral yet pleasingly open expression of the grape, with a lovely lick of oak spice. Just five barrels are made. In recent years, as well as being bottled by the Bruwers, this vineyard is also around one third of the blend of Capensis, South Africa’s most expensive Chardonnay, made by Jackson Family Wines.

Young: 2022 - 2028
Mullineux and Leeu
2018 Syrah, Mullineux, Swartland Dry | Red | Still

The Syrah is as true an expression of this grape variety in the Swartland’s varied terroirs as you’ll find. In 2018, it’s a blend of four parcels planted in the stony Shale and Schist based soils of the Kasteelberg; two parcels of dry-land, bush vines grown in the decomposed Granite of the Paardeberg; and one on the rolling, iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury. The vines are aged between 22 and 30 years, and while delicious on first release, it’s a wine that will age impressively. There’s slightly less whole bunch this year, and it’s really open, grippy, and very fine.

Young: 2022 - 2032
2020 Old Vines White, Mullineux & Leeu Dry | White | Still | 14%

A blend of Chenin, Viognier, Verdelho, Semillon Gris and a few other grapes. A lovely nose that is saline and fine, with plenty of reduction. Really nice savoury finish. Punches above its weight

Young: 2022 - 2028
2019 Granite Syrah, Mullineux, Swartland Dry | Red | Still

The Granite Syrah comes again from the Paardeberg, from 24 year old vines, and is incredibly elegant and floral in style, with real focus. Powdery tannins and incredible length here. This is saline, with linear tannins and remarkable purity.

Young: 2024 - 2040
2020 Mullineux Straw Wine, Swartland Half Sweet | White | Still

Chenin Blanc is grown on a 39-year-old Schist soil vineyard on Kasteelberg and a 43-year-old Granite soil vineyard on the Paardeberg, and the grapes are left to dry in the shade for 2-4 weeks following harvest. The resulting wine is remarkably pure and focussed. There’s a lemon character, with seville oranges and loads of spice all adding complexity. This is a brilliant sweet wine from Chris & Andrea Mullineux.

Young: 2022 - 2045
2018 Leeu Passant Cinsault, Mullineux & Leeu, Franschhoek Dry | Red | Still | 14%

From a plot in Franchhoek planted in 1932, there are just 5,000 bottles of the Franschhoek Old Vines Lötter Cinsault.

Ready: 2021 - 2030
2019 Leeu Passant Chardonnay, Mullineux, Stellenbosch Dry | White | Still

From a single parcel high up on the Helderberg, this is cool and fresh, with lots of lemon oil focus. An outstanding Chardonnay.

Young: 2022 - 2027
2019 Leeu Passant Cabernet Sauvignon, Mullineux, Stellenbosch Dry | Red | Still

It comes from cooler sites across Stellenbosch, including a 39 year old parcel close to the sea, and parcels on the Helderberg and in the Polkadraai hills. This is silky and suave, and cool fruited: a lovely Cabernet Sauvignon.

Young: 2023 - 2033
2019 Iron Syrah, Mullineux, Swartland Dry | Red | Still

From a 19 year old vineyard on the iron-rich soils around Malmesbury, the Iron Syrah has a breadth on the palate that’s not found on the other wines, and is stunningly aromatic. There’s incredible perfume here: this is bloody and almost citrus in character. A stunning Syrah.

Young: 2024 - 2040
2018 Leeu Passant Cinsault, Mullineux, Wellington Dry | Red | Still

From a parcel planted in 1900, this is an incredible Cinsault of depth and power, and remarkable structure. Tiny quantities produced.

Young: 2022 - 2030
2018 Leeu Passant Dry Red, Mullineux, Swartland Dry | Red | Still

The Dry Red is inspired by the South African reds of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. At this time, wines labelled as Cabernet Sauvignon would frequently have a considerable proportion of Cinsault, and this is an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Cinsault, and is a wine built for long ageing.

Young: 2024 - 2036
2019 Schist Syrah, Mullineux, Swartland Dry | Red | Still

The Schist Syrah comes from the couple’s Roundstone property, allowing full control of the farming. These 21 year old vines give a structured, peppery expression of Syrah. The berries here are 25% smaller than the Granite, and that gives this incredible texture and power.

Young: 2024 - 2040
2020 Schist Chenin Blanc, Mullineux, Swartland Dry | White | Still

The Schist Chenin Blanc comes from two parcels of 35 and 39 years old, planted in the heart of the Kasteelberg. It gives a structured and intense Chenin, with a core of ripe fruit. This is so grippy and long. Remarkable.

Young: 2023 - 2030
2020 Iron Chenin Blanc, Mullineux, Swartland Dry | White | Still

This is a new wine for the Mullineuxs, and is an incredibly long, textured expression of Chenin Blanc. There’s rather more yellow fruit than on the others, but it’s all about power and intensity at this stage. Give this a few years, and it will be spectacular.

Young: 2023 - 2030
Newton Johnson Family Vineyards
2020 Family Vineyards Pinot Noir, Newton Johnson, Hemel-en-Aarde
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Magnum Dry | Red | Still

The 2020 Family Vineyards from Newton Johnson is another brilliant release from this beautiful estate. So fine and finessed, with lovely juicy fruit and lots of saline, savoury tannins, this is long and pure, and totally delicious already. This is a must buy every year.

Young: 2022 - 2035

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2019 Family Vineyards Pinot Noir, Newton Johnson, Hemel-en-Aarde Magnum Dry | Red | Still

The 2019 Family Vineyards Pinot Noir is a stunning wine, that’s all about floral aromatics and focussed energy. It comes from four separate parcels on the estate, and shows incredible balance, purity of fruit, and savoury length. A brilliant Pinot Noir: the best value we know?

Young: 2022 - 2032
Porseleinberg
2019 Porseleinberg Syrah, Boekenhoutskloof, Swartland
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Dry | Red | Still | 13.9%

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The 2019 Porseleinberg is an astonishingly complex, concentrated, refined wine, with notes of lavender and dark berries on the nose, and a palate that wows with its poise yet power, and incredibly sumptuous tannins. This is surely now one of the world's greatest Syrahs. It's not to be missed on first release.

Young: 2025 - 2046

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Rall Wines
2019 Rall Red, Rall Wines, Swartland Red | Still

A blend of 70% Syrah, 12% Grenache, 10% Carignan, and 8% Cinsault, this is a brilliant Mediterranean red from a master winemaker. Hints of wild herbs and plenty of red fruit, there are saline tannins here, and a really lifted, elegant quality to the fruit.

Young: 2023 - 2035
2020 Rall White, Rall Wines, Swartland Off Dry | White | Still

64% Chenin Blanc, 32% Verdelho and 4% Viognier. This is quite opulent, with notes of clementines and fresh ginger spice on the nose. But it’s all held together by impressive acidity, and a beautiful texture. Donovan’s wines sometimes fly a little under the radar: with examples like this that really shouldn’t: this is one of the best whites you’ll try from South Africa.

Young: 2022 - 2030
2020 Grenache Blanc, Rall Wines, Swartland White | Still

First produced in 2015, his Grenache Blanc comes from 600-650m elevation in Piekenierskloof, and this elevation makes sure that this is as taut an expression of Grenache Blanc that you’ll find, all about texture and focus. It’s a benchmark for the grape in the Cape.

Young: 2022 - 2027
2020 Cinsault, Rall Wines, Swartland Red | Still

Donovan’s Cinsault was first released in 2015, and is a blend of fruit from Swartland, shared with David Sadie, and Darling, from the same vineyard as Duncan Savage’s Follow the Line. It’s a really lovely expression of this grape, with loads of rose petal and plenty of juicy berry fruit. Will also age well.

Young: 2022 - 2026
2020 Ava Syrah, Rall Wines, Swartland Red | Still

From the same schist vineyard as the Ava Chenin, farmed by Donovan and his team. Incredible purity of fruit here, with plenty of baked earth complexity, as well as amazing energy. Donovan is making some of the Cape’s best wines today. Don’t miss this.

Young: 2024 - 2039
Restless River
2018 Main Road & Dignity Cabernet Sauvignon, Restless River, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Dry | Red | Still

From two vineyards on Craig & Anne’s estate, the 2018 Main Road and Dignity might just be the best iteration of this yet. It’s got incredible depth of fruit, with blackcurrant and lavender notes, as well as the slight leafiness that marks these wines out as so refined. The finish is mineral and long, and the potential for ageing is spectacular. Don’t miss this.

Young: 2024 - 2040
2019 Ava Marie Chardonnay, Restless River, Hemel-en-Aarde Dry | White | Still

Made from vines that were first planted 21 years ago, and named after Anne and Craig’s daughter. Incredibly Burgundian in style, the granite soils here give taut minerality and restraint, while the finish on the wine is astonishingly long.

Young: 2022 - 2032
Reyneke
2020 Chenin Blanc, Reyneke, Stellenbosch Dry | White | Still

From biodymaically farmed grapes from Reyneke's estate, the 2020 Chenin Blanc is the best we've tried from Johan and his team. A hint of bruised apple, wild flowers, and a slight leesy complexity makes a wine that's ridiculously easy to drink

Young: 2022 - 2028
2018 Cornerstone, Reyneke, Stellenbosch Dry | Red | Still

A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot, with 30% new oak, this is a brilliant Stellenbosch Bordeaux blend. Cornerstone refers to the project whereby Johan supports his workers by buying them houses, and this wine lives up to the project. Long, intense, yet still lifted, it's a lovely wine.

Young: 2024 - 2035
2018 Reserve Red, Reyneke, Stellenbosch Dry | Red | Still

The reserve red is Polkedraai Syrah, and is a stunningly beautiful Syrah from Johan and his team. This has loads of violet lift, crushed rock, and a core of blue fruit on the nose. The tannins are so refined, and the finish lasts an age. Outstanding.

Young: 2023 - 2035
2019 Reserve White, Reyneke, Stellenbosch Dry | White | Still

Dubbed one of the "world's greatest Sauvignon Blancs" by Tim Atkin MW, the 2019 Reserve White is a really lovely wine. Fine-boned and suave, with notes of grapefruit and lime cordial, and plenty of spice too. A hint of reduction ensures it remains restrained, as well as hints at future greatness.

Young: 2022 - 2032
2019 Syrah, Reyneke, Stellenbosch Dry | Red | Still

From biodynamically farmed grapes in the Polkedraai, the 2019 Syrah from Reyneke is a stunning red. Floral and expressive, there’s notes of raspberry coulis and pomegranate, as well as incredible lift, and a mineral, textured finish. It’s a brilliant wine, with everything in impeccable balance. It’s a real advert for the holistic approach of Johan Reyneke.

Young: 2022 - 2033
Richard Kershaw
2018 Clonal Selection Pinot Noir, Richard Kershaw, Elgin Dry | Red | Still | 13.5%

From 11 tiny parcels, the 2018 Pinot Noir is a powdery-tannined example of the grape, with notes of pomegranate and loads of floral elements. Red fruited and long, it’s a really lovely Pinot.

Young: 2022 - 2032
2017 Clonal Selection Syrah, Richard Kershaw, Elgin Dry | Red | Still | 13.5%

5 parcels of Syrah in Elgin go into this cool climate Syrah. More Cote-Rotie than Hermitage, notes of white pepper and violet keep this all very together. Beautifully balanced and very long.

Young: 2022 - 2032
2018 Clonal Selection Chardonnay, Richard Kershaw, Elgin Dry | White | Still | 13.5%

From 9 small parcels of Chardonnay, all Dijon clones, this has notes of pear and white peach, and then a really fine thread of saline minerality that holds the wine together. Don’t be afraid to age this brilliant Chardonnay.

Young: 2022 - 2029
Savage Wines
2021 Salt River Sauvignon Blanc, Savage, Western Cape Dry | White | Still | 13.5%

The 2021 Salt River Sauvignon Blanc is an incredible bottle of wine for the price. There's so much texture and tension here, alongside super-exuberant fruit, and a long and savoury finish. Utterly delicious, it will continue to improve in the bottle. If you can keep your hands off it.

Ready: 2021 - 2027
2020 Thief In The Night, Savage Wines Dry | Red | Still

The Thief in the Night is, in 2020, around 63% Grenache, with the rest made up of 26% Cinsault and 11% Syrah. It comes from Piekenierskloof, with the Grenache coming from the same vineyard as Eben Sadie’s Soldaat - Eben has 8 rows, and Duncan has 4. Here, at 550m elevation on sandstone soils, the wine maintains stunning energy alongside perfect ripeness. It’s red fruited and spiced, and very long indeed.

Young: 2023 - 2030
2020 Follow the Line, Savage Wines, Western Cape Dry | Red | Still

Follow the Line is Duncan’s Cinsault, that’s quickly gained an almost cult following. From south-east facing old bushvines that are almost 40 years old, the wind and heat here mean that picking date is key, and a drop of Syrah in the blend adds depth and structure. It’s ageworthy and suave, with amazing length.

Young: 2022 - 2030
Storm Wines
2019 Ignis Pinot Noir, Storm Wines, Hemel-en-Aarde Dry | Red | Still

Ignis Pinot Noir is from the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, and is 2km further inland than the Vrede vineyard, and 100m higher in elevation. Here the soil is totally different, with plenty of quartz, decomposed granite, and just enough clay to give a textured element. It’s perfumed and finessed, with incredible length. This will be spectacular: give it time.

Young: 2024 - 2033
2020 Vrede Chardonnay, Storm Wines, Hemel-en-Aarde Dry | White | Still

The Vrede Chardonnay comes from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, at 150m elevation and just 1.4km from the sea, and a north facing site. Here, Hannes manages the warmth of the site spectacularly. Vrede means peace in Afrikaans, and this has a sense of balance and effortless power that’s befitting of that name.

Young: 2022 - 2029
2019 Ridge Pinot Noir, Storm Wines, Hemel-en-Aarde Dry | Red | Still

The Ridge vineyard is the youngest vineyard Hannes works with, from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge ward. Here harvest undertaken some 25 days later than in the Valley, and the resulting wine has remarkable power and depth, as well as a coolness.

Young: 2024 - 2033
2019 Vrede Pinot Noir, Storm Wines, Hemel-en-Aarde Dry | Red | Still

The Vrede Pinot Noir comes from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, at 150m elevation and just 1.4km from the sea, and a north facing site. The warmest site Hannes works with, this has ripe dark fruit, rounded tannins, and plenty of spice on the finish.

Young: 2024 - 2033
2020 Ridge Chardonnay, Storm Wines, Hemel-en-Aarde Dry | White | Still

The 2020 Ridge Chardonnay is a nervy, vibrant wine from one of the Cape’s masters of the grape variety. Apple blossom, sea spray, and a slight floral element give a totally charming expression of Chardonnay.

Young: 2022 - 2029
Tesselaarsdal Wines
2020 Pinot Noir, Tesselaarsdal, Hemel-en-Aarde Dry | Red | Still

This, from Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, gets better and better every time we taste it. Floral and juicy, with plenty of energy, savoury notes, and a long finish, tinged with notes of seaspray and pomegranate. Outstanding.

Young: 2023 - 2035
2020 Chardonnay, Tesselaarsdal, Hemel-en-Aarde Dry | White | Still | 13%

With a considerable amphora portion, this is a wine that gets better and better. Notes of orange peel and plenty of grapefruit drive completes a long, savoury wine of real focus.

Ready: 2021 - 2032
The Foundry
2020 Viognier, The Foundry, Stellenbosch Dry | White | Still

The 2020 Viognier from The Foundry is a really lovely expression of this grape variety. It has a little of the peach character you'd expect of Viognier, but it remains brilliantly balanced, with plenty of saline minerality on the finish. Just delicious.

Young: 2022 - 2026
Thistle & Weed
2020 Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc, Thistle & Weed, Stellenbosch Dry | White | Still

From a vineyard in Paarl planted in 1956, yields from here are absolutely miniscule. There's pure peach on the nose, with plenty of citrus lift and a beautifully textured palate. A lovely addition to our range.

Young: 2022 - 2030
Thorne & Daughters
2020 Copper Pot Pinot Noir, Thorne & Daughters, Western Cape Dry | Red | Still | 14.1%

Originally made for John’s parents-in-law’s restaurant in the Drakensberg, in KwaZulu-Natal, we’re thrilled that he’s now allowed us to buy a little. This comes from different sources in the Overberg, and is a lovely Pinot Noir, with notes of fresh red berries, and plenty of silky tannins, herbal notes, and a long and savoury finish. A lovely addition to the range.

Young: 2022 - 2029
2020 Wanderer's Heart, Thorne & Daughters, Western Cape Dry | Red | Still | 13.8%

A blend of 41% Grenache from the Voor Paardeberg, 30% Syrah from the Swartland and Stellenbosch, and 29% Bot River Mourvèdre, this is a juicy, fine boned red that shows lovely focus alongside notes of pepper, redcurrant, and pomegranate. A wine that shows just how talented John is: it shouldn’t be missed.

Young: 2022 - 2032
2020 Tin Soldier Semillon, Thorne & Daughters, Western Cape Dry | White | Still | 12.2%

Tin Soldier is 100% Semillon Gris from a vineyard propagated from cuttings from the Paper Kite vineyard, and planted just eight years ago. It’s fermented on the skins, and is copper-coloured and stunningly complex. Notes of orange pith and fresh ginger swirl from the glass, while the palate is wonderfully saline and brilliantly long. A favourite, the 2020 is taking this wine to a whole new level.

Young: 2022 - 2032
2020 Paper Kite Semillon, Thorne & Daughters, Western Cape Dry | White | Still | 12.9%

Paper Kite comes from a 0.75ha plot planted in 1963, and is a blend of Semillon Blanc and Semillon Gris: the Semillon Gris is a mutation that crops up across the vineyard. This is a stunning Semillon, with notes of pepper and a slight herbal lift, as well as greengage and melon notes. Focussed and wonderfully long, it’s not to be missed.

Young: 2022 - 2032