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.
The flavours of a good Argentinian white wine are versatile and when it’s time to buy Argentinian white wine online, it pays to have a choice to browse. You may already have a favourite but looking through some of the other options on the market may be your chance to find a new favourite. Argentinian wine producers are diverse in their winemaking methods as well as their choice of flavours and grapes, so there is plenty of variety to choose from. Below are just five amazing Argentinian whites you should handle.
Tilia Mendoza Chardonnay, 2013
A good Argentinian Chardonnay offers the authenticity you’d expect from a good Chardonnay with a distinctly Argentinian twist. This Tilia Chardonnay is in a classic straw-yellow shade, with glimmers of soft green. It is rich is bold tropical fruits with peach and pear also coming through. Its floral on the nose and the fruity freshness is layered with sweet and aromatic vanilla, as well as oaky spiciness. This beautiful fresh and slightly acidic Chardonnay is named after the Linden Tree which is common across Argentina and it is made at Bodegas Esmerelda.
El Esteco Cuma Organic Torrontes, 2016
Torrontes is a native Argentinian grape and has a bright and refreshing character, as you’d expect from a good white wine. This particular bottle is organic too. El Esteco Cuma Organic Torrontes 2016 begins with perfume-like floral notes of rose petals and heads into exotic jasmine with zesty citrus fruits coming through. The Torrontes grape varietal is known for its orange and orange blossom flavours and this El Esteco offering perfectly captures the flavours of the grape.
Tarquino Sauvignon Blanc
An Argentinian Sauvignon Blanc with an extremely pale colouring and fresh grassy flavours, this Tarquino Sauvignon Blanc is a wonderful example of how fine an Argentinian white can be. Crisp and clean on the finish and fresh and fruity on the nose, this Sauvignon offers that freshly cut grass aroma and ripe grapefruit, citrus freshness and sweet succulent peach on the palate. It is highly acidic, vibrant and bright.
Familia Zuccardi Chardonnay, Q 2014
Familia Zuccardi is one of the better known Argentinian wine producers and this Chardonnay is another fine example of how great Argentinian Chardonnay can be. Straw yellow in colour with the occasional green hue, Familia Zuccardi Chardonnay Q 2014 mixes up orchard and citrus fruits. Pears and white peaches mix with a little citrus freshness. The Chardonnay is aged well and as such has a little welcome spiciness, floral character and even the subtlest notes of buttered toast. Chardonnay Q 2014 has a particularly long aftertaste, which anticipatingly lingers.
Argento Pinot Grigio, 2014
Argento is one of the older Argentinian wine growers in the Mendoza Valley. Founded in 1998 their beautiful wines have been enjoyed around the world. This fresh Argento Pinot Grigio is rich in pineapple freshness and peach flavours. A more aromatic nature is lent to the wine with camomile notes and other floral aromas which lead to a wonderfully fresh and gently fruity wine.
Müller-Thurgau is a vine which we know less about than we should, considering it makes up a considerable percentage of all the vines grown in Germany. It is a white grape variety which was created in the Swiss Canton of Thurgau in 1882 by Hermann Müller. It is mainly used to make wines in Germany and Austria but it is also found in other regions including Japan, Slovakia and New Zealand. The grape was first created by crossing Riesling with Madeleine Royal.
It is one of the leading grapes planted in Germany, it has a reputation which has been less than positive in the past but in the present day Müller-Thurgau wines are crisp, easy to drink and very popular in Continental Europe and beyond.
Müller-Thurgau has had a leading role in the German wine industry since the 1980s and into the 1990s and it was only in the 2000s when a real boom in Riesling happened and Müller-Thurgau’s popularity lessened slightly. The versatility that the grape offers makes it particularly popular and it is enjoyed by people of all tastes and particularly liked by wine novices.
It is a grape which grows relatively easily and it provides consistently high yields which further boosts it popularity and with a little focus from some wineries, it has become a more enjoyable wine and not simply one which can be mass produced. It is a wine best enjoyed in its youth, as quickly as possible and it has a light and refreshing flavour which has made it more popular and enjoyed beyond the borders of Germany more frequently.
As well as producing singular Müller-Thurgau wines the grape is often combined with others to create interesting and vibrant offerings such as the Tomas Cusine, Auzells, 2014 in our collection which combines the grape with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Macabeo for a fruity fresh and fragrant end product.
Though this is a grape which has often found itself in the shadow of Riesling and other similar varietals, it is certainly worth sampling.
Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape which originates from Bordeaux but is now grown by winemakers around the world, to create classic, vibrant and unique Sauvignon Blanc wines. It is a wine which is characterised by a crisp and dry flavour which is both refreshing and easily drinkable. Dependent on the growing region and the methods of the makers Sauvignon Blanc can be sweet and tropical or fresh and almost grassy in flavour. Here we’re looking at five Fine Wine Company Sauvignons that don’t disappoint.
La Place, Sauvignon Blanc IGP Cotes de Gascogne, 2014 – Bottle | Case La Place is a classic French Sauvignon which is zesty and fresh in flavour, with light vibrant notes of just picked gooseberries and a hint of that tropical sweetness just mentioned. The unoaked palate keeps the flavour fresh and light and it is a wonderful wine to enjoy with white meats and fish.
Umbrele, Sauvignon Blance, 2015 – Bottle | Case Grown in the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains, Umbrele Sauvignon Blanc is a wonderful example of Romanian wine can offer. This is another example of a light and zesty Sauvignon which is packed full of youthful character and refreshing citrus notes. There is also that sweet tropical edge to the wine.
The Frost Pocket, Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 – Bottle | Case With those classic Sauvignon notes of freshly picked gooseberries and tropical sweetness balanced in perfect harmony the Frost Pocket is a fine example of Sauvignon done well. Produced in New Zealand where Sauvignon Blanc is one of their most popular and loved wines, The Frost Pocket is deservedly commended.
Tarquino, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 – Bottle | Case (2014) Tarquino is an Argentinian Sauvignon grown in the ever popular Mendoza region of the country. Vibrant acidity cuts through the sweetness of this wine with a refreshing bite and alongside those classic tropical notes you will also pick up peach, ripe grapefruit and a freshly cut grass aroma.
Greywacke, Wild Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 – Bottle | Case Another offering from New Zealand but one that is a little different to others on our list, Greywacke is an alternatively styled Sauvignon which has the fresh flavours of apricot jam and lime marmalade mixed in alongside a doughy richness laced with tarragon. The palate is rich in juicy, ripe fruit and it ends with that crisp grapefruit note which you find in other Sauvignons. The depth and complexity of flavour in this wine makes it stand out as a little different from your average Sauvignon.
Hungary is one of many wine producing countries in Eastern Europe that are becoming more popular. Before 1989 wine was a commodity industry like any other in Hungary but now the world market is open to wine makers who want to show off exactly how fantastic their blends and wines are.
There are roughly 22 historic wine growing regions in Hungary which are spread across the country. The Danube runs north to south splitting Hungary in two, before running along the country’s northern border with Slovakia. As one of the newer, lesser known wine countries, Hungary has a lot to offer and their wide range of different growing regions means they produce a lot of wine and plenty of great styles to try.
A wide range of grapes are known to have originated in Hungary including Ezerjó, Hárslevelű, Irsai Olivér, Cserszegi Fűszeres and Királyleányka.
Hungarian White Wines
Hungary has many different white wine growing regions including Lake Balaton, Eger, Etyek-Buda, Tokaj and Mátra. The white wines produced in each region have their own unique character and stem from the fresh and aromatic to those with a high in acidity. The most famous wine region in Hungary is Tokaj and it is known for its warm climate and the perfect conditions for the creation of noble rot. Tokaj is known for the production of high quality dry whites, including Furmint.
Royal Tokaji wines are the most highly acclaimed and most popular of Hungary.
Hungarian Red Wines
Hungarian red wines are characterised by spice, which varies from region to region but the country is particularly known for producing robust reds. They produce a wide range of different wines, with leading varieties including Kékfrankos, Portugieser, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Merlot. The main red wine growing regions are in Eger, Sopron, Szekszárd and Villány. The last two of these regions are said to produce the best red wines in Hungary and through the use of well-known international grape varietals they are beginning to produce reds that are comparable to some of the best out there.