The popularity of South African wine is no surprise, the flavours cooked up in the fantastic climate are truly memorable. There wines should be celebrated, whether rose, red or white and whatever you’re looking for. Here we’re looking at just seven fantastic South African wines and whether you want to buy South African white wine online or just simply want to explore the reds available, it is worth considering all of our suggestions.
The Drift Farm Moveable Feast, 2013
The Drift Farm Moveable Feast is a beguiling Shiraz which is rich in mulberry flavours enhanced with white pepper and a toasty vanilla-rich oak. There is even an undertone of caramel chocolate and the tannins are smooth, long and satisfying. It will age gracefully for up to 30 years if you choose to hold onto it.
Acacia Tree Pinotage, 2015
Produced in the Western Cape region, this Acacia Tree Pinotage is a light and approachable red with plum and blackcurrant notes. Soft rounded tannins make it all the more drinkable and it has stylish and attractive packaging too, which is always a nice addition.
Gabrielskloof Rosebud, 2016
The name gives you a clue about what this aromatic rose is trying to deliver in its flavour. Gabrielskloof Rosebud is floral and fruity and has a moreish and surprising rose note. Complex in flavour the rose undertones are followed up with papaya and melon in a fresh yet not overwhelming combination. The addition of Syrah into the blend gives the wine an unexpected spiciness too.
Newton Johnson Felicite Rose, 2016
The Newton Johnson collection of wines has been producing dry roses in the Felicite style since 1998. This beautifully dry and moreish rose has been replicated in several vintages, including Felicite 2016. The flavours of this now well-known Newton Johnson wine include fresh pomegranate paired with just a touch of cherry and a welcome hint of spice. It ends with a tang of acidity.
Iona Sauvignon Blanc, 2015
Produced in the Elgin region by Iona, this simple yet aromatic Sauvignon Blanc is a fine example of what a fine white South African wine can taste like. Mineral notes blend with a herby freshness and there is a subtle yet appealing touch of gooseberry too.
Acacia Tree Chenin Blanc, 2015
A second entry for Acacia Tree on the list and using the same high quality packaging and labelling. This Acacia Tree Chenin Blanc is rich in stone fruit flavours with a touch of spice and plenty of fresh and clean citrus. It has a simple flavour profile which doesn’t disappoint and is highly versatile.
Martin Meinert La Barry Sauvignon Blanc, 2015
Martin Meinert named this particular Sauvignon Blanc after his wife Leigh Anne Barry, affectionately known as La Barry. It is grown in the cool Elgin region and it has a surprisingly complex flavour which has highlights of green gooseberry and fresh, herby nettles. There is also that familiar hit of fresh citrus and a gentle finish which tapers out.