South Africa: The New Wave

South Africa: The New Wave

South Africa: The New Wave

The South African wine scene is moving at break-neck speed, with a whole new generation of growers and winemakers setting out to produce wines that are largely based on old vines and often from multiple regions with field blends of varieties.

This younger generation, what I like to call the 'New Wave', are now producing wines of a quality never seen before in South Africa. The likes of Chris and Suzaan Alheit who exploit old vine Chenin Blanc and Semillon to make their cult wine 'Cartology' and their single-vineyard wine 'Hemelrand Vine Garden' are now at the top of their game in this country, making South Africa one of the most exciting places to find fine white wines at the moment. These wines are made in minuscule quantities and are normally snapped up very quickly.

We are very pleased to introduce the wines of Thorne & Daughters whose repertoire includes beautiful old vines of Chenin Blanc and Semillon but also rediscovering Rhone varieties such as Roussanne and Clairette, alongside red Rhone varieties of Grenache Noir, old vine Cinsault and Mourvedre.

Newton Johnson seeks out much cooler sites in the Cape South Coast from regions such as Bot River and Worcester for their Chablis-esque Chardonnay and Cote de Beaune-style Pinot Noir under the 'Felicité' label. The Pinot is rapidly becoming Noble Grape's favourite everyday Pinot delivering delicious, cool fruit with real style.

The wines of Chris Williams of The Foundry go from strength-to-strength with his 2015 Grenache Blanc (unfortunately now all sold) winning White Wine of the Year in the 2018 John Platter Guide. His Syrah is a fine expression of this variety from a cool climate with notes of black pepper, smoked meat and violets.

In time we will have more to add to this section so keep checking in on our latest arrivals.

Richard Ballantyne MW

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  1. Newton Johnson 2019 Felicite ChardonnayIn stock
    An un-oaked Chardonnay from vineyards in the cool area of Worcester. Fresh and crisp with notes of green and golden... Learn More
  2. Newton Johnson 2019 Felicite Pinot NoirIn stock
    A cool, spicy Pinot Noir full of black fruit flavours, but with notes of dried herbs, clove, nutmeg and vanilla. The... Learn More
  3. The Foundry 2019 Grenache BlancIn stock
    Chris Williams of The Foundry makes Grenache Blanc a bit of a speciality of his. This scented white has notes of... Learn More
  4. Newton Johnson 2019 AlbarinoIn stock
    £16.90
    We are pleased to introduce the Albarino from Newton Johnson, the first commercially available version of this variety... Learn More
  5. The Foundry 2016 SyrahIn stock
    Cool climate Syrah from a single vineyard that is only 3km from False Bay. The resulting wine is cool and fresh with... Learn More
  6. Lukas van Loggerenberg 2019 Break a Leg Blanc de NoirIn stock
    Lukas made just two barrels of this very fine rosé from Paarl. Aged for 8 months in used barrels, this is a... Learn More
  7. The Foundry 2017 Grenache NoirIn stock
    Chris Williams is South Africa's grandmaster of Rhone grape varieties. His Grenache Noir comes from a one hectare... Learn More
  8. Thorne & Daughters 2017 Rocking HorseIn stock
    A multi region blend, made from old and young vines of Roussanne, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Clairette and Chardonnay. A... Learn More
  9. Chris & Suzaan Alheit 2018 Hemelrand Vine GardenIn stock
    £27.50
    One of Alheit's single vineyard wines located in Hemelrand at 360 metres elevation. A true field blend of varieties... Learn More
  10. Chris & Suzaan Alheit 2018 CartologyIn stock
    £28.00
    The 2018 is another great success for this now cult wine from South Africa. A Cape blend of 90% Chenin Blanc & 10%... Learn More
  11. Lukas Van Loggerenberg 2018 Breton Cabernet FrancIn stock
    £29.00
    Breton is a Loire synonym for Cabernet Franc and represents three barrels from two rows of vines on the Polkadraai... Learn More
  12. Chris & Suzaan Alheit 2018 La Colline SemillonIn stock
    £55.00
    This is a single vineyard bottling from the old Semillon vineyard that Chris & Suzaan Alheit have been working with... Learn More
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