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.
The Case Includes:1 x A A Badenhorst, Family White, Swartland 2018
The 'Family White' is mostly Chenin Blanc, blended with a spattering of Grenache Blanc, Viognier 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, 2020
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 Lelie van Saron, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, 2019
From up-and-coming winemaker Natasha Williams, the Lelie van Saron is made in a cool climate style - beautifully capturing the minerality of the region’s Cartref soils in balance with refined varietal fruit. Layers upon layers of delicate citrus, lemon peel, apple and melon, with buttery croissant and a heavenly saline finish that balances out the creamy texture perfectly. Her approach to winemaking is simple: make wine with a pure expression of the terroir and grape variety, using natural methods. The result is an elegant and honest wine that nods to Burgundy and delivers a world-class expression of Chardonnay.1 x Chasing Rabbits, Grenache, Western Cape 2020Chasing 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 Radford Dale, 'Thirst' Gamay, Western Cape 2021This is a pretty unconventional Gamay, grown in the warm, South African region of Wellington. The vines are wonderfully old and produce grapes of concentration and great quality. Radford Dale is a South African winery famed for its refreshing wines. Alex Dale, a Brit, and Ben Radford, an Australian, set up this project with the sole objective of making high-quality wines from the vineyards spread across the Western Cape. They work as naturally as possible and emphasise the unique quality of these amazing vineyard sites.
1 x Scions of Sinai, 'Nomadis' Red Blend, 2020
'Nomadis' celebrates two grapes that form an integral part of Stellenbosh's winemaking heritage; Pinotage and Cinsault. It is a blend that relies on creating harmony between the two. Winemaker Bernhard explains: “Cinsault is the father and Pinotage is the son – on a light soil Cinsault can be one dimensional, Pinotage adds texture”. It is an immensely juicy and moreish expression, fit to bursting with ripe, juicy red berries. If you like a crunchier, lighter style of wine this will definitely hit the spot.
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