Whilst the wines of South Africa are considered to be ‘new world’, the first grapes were pressed there as long ago as 1659. In Victorian times, the reputation of the wines of Constantia was second to none in the world. Sadly, however, under apartheid, wine production and sales became centralised and concentrated on cheap wines made from the Steen, or Chenin Blanc, grape and wine for distillation into brandy. It was only when the individual wine estates became permitted to market their own wines, with the collapse of apartheid, that the renaissance in the South African wine industry began.
Our range from South Africa is concise and well balanced, and packed full of wine from top quality producers. We work with old favourites Warwick Estate, Meerlust, Delheim and Middelvlei from Stellenbosch, whilst the wines from Franschhoek Cellar and Cape Mountain continue to offer great value and are very easy drinking, the range is complemented by the wonderful wines from one of the World’s most picturesque vineyard - Klein Constantia.
Pale gold with a youthful green tinge. Attractive pineapple, lemon and lime fruit on both the nose and palate with a lively balancing acidity leaving a fresh finish.
Deep crimson with intense blackcurrants and violets on the nose, there are also notes of currant and mulberry fruit along with attractive savoury oak spice. The palate is smooth with good weight and balance, this really is a great example of a new world Cab.
Notes of mulberry, plum, pepper and modest oak spice. The palate shows soft ripe tannins, providing a well-structured & balanced juicy finish along with generous length.
Decanter World Wines Bronze Award
Pineapple, fleshy peach, nectarine and honeysuckle aromas with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. The theme carries over on to the palate and finishes with a zesty freshness.
Decanter Silver Award Winner
Bright ruby red with an attractive nose of plum and black cherry tinged with herbal tea, liquorice and gentle oak spice. Soft and juicy palate with mouth-filling summer berry flavours and a smooth finish.
Dark garnet with a bright purple rim. Generous aromas of black cherries, clove and raspberry with ripe mulberries and glimmers of spice from gentle oaking. The palate has a savoury edge and a smoot and generous finish.
Expressive tropical aromas tinged with capsicum opening up to attractive cape gooseberry, grapefruit and pineapple fruit. The fruity palate is balanced by a lively acidity and a lingering finish.
Decanter World Wines Silver Award
This wine has a deep and intense ruby red colour. The bouquet reveals red berries, sweet black currants and a pleasant herbal character. It's 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and has been aged in French oak for 18 months giving the palate a rich and spicy edge.
Pale yellow in color with a hint of green. On the nose you get hints of French oak, canned pineapple, orange marmalade and untoasted almonds. The palate is full with a medley of citrus fruit, balanced acidity and well integrated oak.</p?
The wine shows an abundance of pear, grapefruit and green fig on the nose. The palate is mineral and crisp, yet rich and fruity. Well balanced acidity and fresh flavours ensures a long lingering aftertaste.
Decanter World Wines Silver Award
The nose shows ripe cassis and smoky flavours that fuse with almond and chocolate aromas. The palate is full and round with ripe, chewy tannins and flavours like coffee, cherry, cigar box and liquorice. Balanced acidity creates a fresh finish.
Decanter 2011 Silver Medal
IWC 2011 Commended
Sommelier Wine Awards 2011 Bronze Medal
Pale yellow in color with a touch of green in the glass. The bouquet has hints of French oak, orange blossom, white peach, lemon zest and hazelnut praline. The palate is full with a medley of citrus fruit, balanced acidity and well integrated oak
Awarded White wine of the year by Platters.
91 Points by tim Atkin UK Master of Wine
The wine displays an intense ruby red colour in the glass. The bouquet is reminiscence of cherries and blackcurrants and has tones of dark chocolate and cigar box. The pallet is full bodied with firm but silky tannins. Decanting is recommended to express the true essence of this wine.
The wine displays an intense ruby red colour in the glass. The bouquet reminiscence of cherries, blackcurrants and has tones of dark chocolate. The palate is full bodied with firm but silky tannins. Decanting is recommended to express the true essence of this Bordeaux blend.