South African Sampler Pack

Six silky sippers that give you a glimpse into the current state of play in South African wine.


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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 Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc

While most of the fruit for this wine is estate-grown, the cousins Badenhorst do get some fruit from their neighbours, who share a similar dry-grown organic philosophy with their organically-farmed vineyard.

Low-yielding vines are really the key to what makes this wine shine; fruit intensity, palate weight, and texture are the hallmarks of what makes great Chenin, and this wine has those in spades.

Talk of terroir can sometimes be a bit redundant, however the quality and interest in this the Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin, must always circle back to their amazing site and viticulture.

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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.

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2020 Craven Skin-contact Pinot Gris

"This gris is a textural feast."
Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

There isn't much Pinot Gris planted in Stellenbosch but Mick and Jeanine Craven sniffed some out.

They treat it essentially like a red wine, separating the stems from the grapes and allowing the juice to soak on the skins for more than a week before pressing.

The final wine that has emerged is a lovely rose colour and packed with chewy, delicious flavours and textures. It's Pinot Gris the way it should be. Delicious and slightly wild drinking - it's impossible to not immediately reach for another glass.

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2020 Testalonga Baby Bandito Follow Your Dreams Carignan

Craig and Carla Hawkins launched Testalonga in the north of Swartland, South Africa in 2008.

They are part of a revolutionary ground swell taking place in South African wine, where traditions are being challenged and brave new territory is being explored. The painfully small amount of wine that this duo produces gets snapped up in short order the world over. Known for their striking intensity and nervy energy, Craig and Carla's wines are on the cutting edge of the natural wine movement in their country.

This is the lightest, daintiest version of Carignan from Craig at Testalonga. It's got more in common with, say a Jura rouge or something Cabernet Franc-like out of the Loire Valley than a classic Rhone red.

It's fresh, racy, filled with character and seasoned with a little wildness, and rustic grip.

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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.

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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.

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