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.
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
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.