About The Pack
Here we have a mix of six different wine styles to take you into the interesting world of South Africa wine.
We have curated the selection to give you some representatives samples of some of the staples and also some more interesting things a little more on the edge.
Three whites and three reds at a great price. From Chenin Blanc through to Pinotage blends and beyond, here's South African wine in a snapshot.
2020 Cederberg Chenin Blanc
Cederberg sits outside of any recognised region in South Africa but it carries with it the distinction of being the highest altitude vineyard in the western cape.
Found 250km north of Capetown on the west coast of the country, this producer enjoys rare terroir that produces fine, poised cool-climate wines.
These 'wines of altitude and attitude' are crafted by owner and winemaker David Nieuwoudt. These offer great value and a more fine-boned example of South African wine. This is a bargain option to test-drive the famous South African style of Chenin Blanc.
From a cool site found at the foot of Sneeuberg Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Western Cape, this Chenin is picked in the early morning, fermented cool and aged on lees for four months with regular stirring before bottling.
Plenty of texture, plenty of flavour and plenty of good value on offer here.Read more about 2020 Cederberg Chenin Blanc
2020 Vondeling Petit Blanc Chenin Blanc
The Vondeling wines hail from the Western Cape region of South Africa, around 45 minutes drive from Cape Twon.
This historic Cape Dutch homestead has a focus on sustainability and conservation and delivers very solid value for money across the board.
This bargain little Chenin Blanc comes from old vines that are cropped low to promote a burst of fresh fruit flavours in the final wine. Some time on lees enhances the mouthfeel but the primary focus here is on delivering a fresh, fruit-driven style of Chenin Blanc.Read more about 2020 Vondeling Petit Blanc Chenin Blanc
2017 Ghost Corner Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc
This superb expression of Sauvignon Blanc comes from about as far south as you can go on the African continent.
Right in the deep south of the country, winemaker David Nieuwoudt picks this fruit by hand in the wee hours of the morning to maintain freshness and purity in the style.
As the name suggest, the wine is fermented with native yeasts and aged in barrel on lees for 10 months before bottling bringing a creamy lusciousness to the palate.
This took home the Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc at the 2019 Six Nations Wine Competition.Read more about 2017 Ghost Corner Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc
2017 Meerlust Red
This robust blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc is delivered with all the class you might expect from a producer with a rich history like Meerlust.
Hannes Myburgh, Meerlust owner, spent time at the great Bordeaux house Chateau Lafite before taking over the family business. And you can see influence in this wine with its classic, powerful styling.
The Merlot is dense and concentrated, the Cabernet Franc brings plenty of lift to the nose. The classics are classics for a reason.Read more about 2017 Meerlust Red
2018 Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend Pinotage Cabernet Merlot
This daily-drinking red blend of Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot gives you the perfect entry into the revered wines of Kanonkop.
Their consistency of quality is remakable, even at this price point. This shows as a bright, ruby-red with plenty of plump, juicy flavours of cherry and blackcurrant and an alluring nose of dark fruits and sweet tobacco.
It's full-bodied, plush and smooth to drink and the perfect way to familiarise yourself with the lush red wines of South Africa.Read more about 2018 Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend Pinotage Cabernet Merlot
2020 Craven Cinsault
"Such a pleasing, charismatic wine but doesn’t forget to be a touch fancy too."
Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
The Craven wine stable is built around a crew of vineyards that have resonance owners/operators Mick and Jeanine.
They had had their eye on the Rustenhof farm in the Faure region for a while and in 2017 they finally managed to get their hands on a parcel of bush-vine Cinsault. Coaxing the personality of the vineyard out in their wines is their specialty. In this wine you feel the crunch and pop of the graphite and sandy soils, the tension and energy that comes with grapes that are dry-farmed.
This is a bouncy, vivacious red wine that still carries complexity in tow. It's a charming wine for sipping on a warm afternoon.Read more about 2020 Craven Cinsault