A Closer Look
South Africa


A Closer Look, South Africa

A Closer Look
South Africa


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There has never been a more exciting time to get stuck into South Africa. It's no secret that we at The Sourcing Table are having a love affair with this amazing country. With sun soaked vineyards, a patchwork of soil types and tonnes of forward thinking, exciting producers, South Africa is perfectly poised for a voyage of wine discovery. We've put together a selection of favourites, from a range of different areas and styles. Wines we love to drink, made by people we love.


1 x A A Badenhorst, Family White, Swartland 2018

The 'Family White' is mostly Chenin Blanc, blended with a spattering of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Palomino. Although these varieties ripen at slightly different times, Adi harvests all at once and ferments them together in the same tank.

'When you’re working like that you aren’t picking for varietal typicity, you’re picking to make a blend that best expresses the area.' - Adi Badenhorst

This wine is a celebration of the beauty, and unique character of the Swartland. A

lightly honeyed nose, with dried apricots, white tea and tangerine. A beautifully textured and rounded white. 

1 x Wild Air, Sauvignon Blanc, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, 2019

Wild Air is a collaboration between our own Ben Henshaw, and highly respected Cape producer Storm Wines. From the very first visit with Hannes Storm, Ben was blown away by the beauty and potential in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

This vibrant Sauvignon Blanc speaks to its maritime origins – cool sea breezes from Walker Bay slow ripening allowing flavours to build. Fermentation and ageing in old oak barrels round it out, giving a savoury, mineral and food-friendly style of Sauvignon Blanc rarely found in South Africa. It’s a testament to the quality of the fruit and to Hannes Storm’s gentle and confident winemaking.

1 x Mother Rock Wines, Force Celeste Chenin Blanc, Swartland 2019

Mother Rock is the brain child of exciting, young winemaker Johan Meyer (or 'Stompie' to his friends).

This Chenin is all about fruit purity and freshness, giving a modern look to a classic South African varietal. The grapes are sourced from a single vineyard with 32-year-old dry farmed bush vines in the heart of the Swartland. The winemaking is minimalist, relying on native yeast and forgoing filtration or fining, aiming at letting the fruit shine through. 


1 x Chasing Rabbits, Grenache, Western Cape 2020

Chasing Rabbits is the side project of acclaimed Boseman winemaker Corlea Fourie. This Grenache is produced from an organic vineyard called 'Gesamelike Wei', which means 'communal pasture' – the site was originally used for grazing by nomadic trek farmers.

Brilliant ruby in the glass, the wine gives delicate violet, raspberry and plum on the nose, with hints of dried herbs. It's light through the palate with juicy red fruit and a lively finish. Very food friendly, this is the chilled red of your picnic dreams!

1 x Natte Valleij, Cinsault, Stellenbosch 2019

The Milner family farm the vines of Natte Valleij, based on the historic Natte Farm at the lower slopes of the Simonsberg mountains in Stellenbosch.

Their Cinsault is sourced from 4 unique old vines parcels, which benefit from close proximity to the Atlantic; cooling the naturally baking warmth of the South African sun. In the glass, this wine is perfumed and juicy, a with a sun-soaked savouriness and energy. Silky tannins and a long bright finish mean it slips down very easily.


1 x Brunia, Pinot Noir, Sondagskloof 2017

Brunia Wines is named after the Brunia Leavis flower found on their Cold Mountain Farm estate. Winemaker Wade Sanders believes in sustainable practices that take into account the holistic health of the farm and is converting his vineyards to organics.

A taut, mineral Pinot Noir with a bright acidity, from the cool Cape region of Sondagskloof. You might not have heard of this region, but we predict you soon will, as it has the potential to produce beautifully elegant wines.