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South Africa

South Africa

With an industry mainly located in the south-western flank of the country known as the Western Cape, South Africa's wine industry has endured a turbulent 300-year history, much like the country itself. The first vines were planted by Dutch settlers in the 1650s, and the production of the sweet Vin de Constance in the 18th and 19th centuries brought global fame. A succession of setbacks, starting with a phylloxera outbreak in the 1860s and culminating in apartheid-driven trade sanctions in the 1980s put South African wine in the wilderness until Nelson Mandela's government began rejuvenating the industry in the 1990s. Today, a more diverse industry is again producing wines of excellent quality, and the prominent regions of Stellenbosch and Walker Bay are two at the head of the pack.

The climate is distinctly Mediterranean, with cooler Antarctic currents and the chilly south-easterly wind known as the Cape Doctor helping ward off rot and disease. South Africa is most well-known for Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, while the country's recent drive for vineyard diversity has seen it produce highly regarded wines from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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  • Franschhoek Cellar The Old Museum Merlot

    Named for the museum in Franschhoek which chronicles the history of the early Huguenot settlers, who introduced the first wines to South Africa's Western Cape in the 17th century. 12 months ageing in oak casks before bottling adds complexity and a dusting of vanilla to the soft red cherry and plum flavours.

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      £91.99
  • 2013

    Sumaridge Estate Rose

    Sumaridge

    Sumaridge Estate Rose

    Sumaridge Estate, located in South Africa's picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde Valley has a reputation for producing high-quality wines from traditional varieties. This vibrant rose, with its bright red berry fruit flavours and crisp acidity is not just for summer, though a warm evening would be just the ticket.

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  • Glenelly The Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

    Located in the Idas Valley area of South Africa's famous Stellenbosch wine region, Glenelly is renowned for their old world French approach to making wine. Owned by May de Lencquesaing, the former proprietor of Bordeaux second growth Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Glenelly makes wines from a range of varieties, including this densely fruited, complex Cabernet Sauvignon.

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  • Glenelly The Glass Collection Merlot

    Located in the Idas Valley area of South Africa's famous Stellenbosch wine region, Glenelly is renowned for their old world French approach to making wine. Owned by May de Lencquesaing, the former proprietor of Bordeaux second growth Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Glenelly makes wines from a range of varieties. The soft, rich dark fruit flavours of Merlot are typical of Bordeaux, and this wine shows they are equally at home in South Africa.

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  • 2014

    Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer

    Bouchard Finlayson

    Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer

    This intriguing blended white from South African stalwarts Bouchard Finlayson is dominated by the exotic personality of Riesling with added fruit weight and texture provided by Viognier, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. The name, translating to the White Sea, is inspired by the estate's proximity to the town of Hermanus where Southern Right whales come to calve in the spring.

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  • 2009

    Sumaridge Estate Merlot

    Sumaridge

    Sumaridge Estate Merlot

    Sumaridge Estate, located in the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde Valley has a reputation for producing high-quality wines from traditional varieties.This Merlot is loaded with plump red and purple fruits, smooth tannin and spicy vanilla character.

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  • 2010

    Sumaridge Estate Pinotage

    Sumaridge

    Sumaridge Estate Pinotage

    Sumaridge Estate, located in the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde Valley has a reputation for producing high-quality wines from traditional varieties. Pinotage, the signature grape of South Africa, is crafted with a sublime touch here with vibrant fruit character and a lovely velvety texture.

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  • Sumaridge Estate Red Blend

    Sumaridge Estate, located in the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde Valley has a reputation for producing high-quality wines from traditional varieties. Crafted from Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec this great value South African hybrid is a harmonious marriage of soft red fruit, bold peppery spice and well-structured tannin.

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  • Bouchard Finlayson Sans Barrique Chardonnay

    This elegant Chardonnay from South African stalwarts Bouchard Finlayson is produced without the influence of oak, which allows the juicy, expressive fruit to shine. Fresh, natural acidity and a clean mineral character create an intense, rewarding, excellent value South African wine.

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  • Bouchard Finlayson Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc

    Bouchard Finlayson's vineyards in the coastal region of Walker Bay have the necessary exposure to the fresh Atlantic breezes that create the crisp acidity and bold, pungent flavours found in the best Sauvignon Blanc wines. This is full of green tropical fruit, nervy acidity and a beautiful freshness, showcasing just how good South African Sauvignon Blanc can be.

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