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Most of South Africa's vineyards are located at the bottom within the Western and Northern Cape regions of the country and being influenced by both the Atlantic and Indian oceans. The popular white grapes grown depending on whether its high and cool or low and hot are Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. The favoured reds would be Cinsaut, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz and its own claim to fame the Pinotage.

Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants, Southampton, Hampshire, UK hold stocks of South African red, white and rose wines, especially wines produced in the following top eight defined wine regions:

STELLENBOSCH……….is the second oldest South African wine region after Constantia. The near-by ocean keeps the summer temperatures just above that of Bordeaux and the soils are perfect for growing the red wine grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Pinotage. There are three white wine grapes that do well in this area, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

PAARL……….some say Paarl is the only wine region in South Africa that can successfully grow every grape variety grown in the whole of South Africa. A big boast, but the mix of fertile mineral rich soils, low lying plains, high valleys, variable temperatures all support this probability. Certainly no one grape is King and no one wine producer is leader of the pack. The sheer diversity of wine styles champion crispy whites similar to the Loire right through to big luscious dessert wines, the reds follow a similar pattern from the light fruity Beaujolais styles right through to big deep Rhone style wines.

DURBANVILLE………..has an excellent reputation for producing top quality red wines and classic style Sancerre type white wines. The grapes are grown on granite based soils principally on the slopes of the Tygerberg Hills, combined with cooling breezes in the summer all helping to produce premium quality wines.

OLIFANTS RIVER VALLEY…………a hot scorching river valley landscape surrounded by the Gifberg mountain range produced enormous quantities of wine, most for blending and every day drinking and a little from small parcels of land closer to the hills will match the best of South Africa.

FRANSCHHOKE…………is an area with higher elevation vineyards which favour white wines such as Chardonnay and Semillon, the wines produced are fruity, well balanced with good acidity. More recently some areas have given way to red wine production, particularly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and on the cooler slopes much success is being experienced with Pinot Noir.

ROBERTSTON…………is located in the picturesque Breede River Valley greater wine region, close to the river itself. The best white wines come from the Chardonnay grape and for the reds, Shiraz is tops by a long way. Also, the area over many years has built up a reputation for good quality dessert wines and fortified wines.

SWARTLAND……….a well established wine growing area ideally located close to the Atlantic west coast, historically known for bulk wine production, but now has a reputation for big full bodied red wines and fine quality fortified wines. Also worth noting are white wines from Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc, which thrive in the Kasteelberg and Perdeberg mountain region where cooler temperatures are a key factor.

WALKER BAY………..is located in the cooler climate region east of Cape Town along the Indian Ocean coast. A region that has witnessed great expansion over the last thirty years, with many growers copying the cool climate varietals and styles of Europe. .

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Chenin Blanc, Parrotfish, South Africa, 2021

Light to medium bodied, dry, fresh fruit driven white


Chenin Blanc, Parrotfish, Olifants River is a luscious straw gold wine with a hint of guava , apples and ripe melon flavours and a long lingering finish,

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750ml £8.98

Klippenkop Chenin Blanc, Robertson 2023


Klippenkop chenin blanc is very pale lemon coloured, the nose is of honeydew melon and lemon sherbet. The palate is clean and fresh with pink grapefruit and melon flavours with a well rounded, refreshingly crisp finish.

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750ml £10.85

Chenin Blanc, Simonsvlei, 2022


Chenin Blanc, Simonsvlei,Western Cape, South Africa has explosive tropical fruit with distinctive pineapple, guava and kiwi notes, An exceptional varietal suitable for many styles of foods.

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750ml £10.98

Klippenkop Syrah, Robertson 2020


Klippenkop Syrah features fragrant crushed berries and spice on the nose, and a full and fruity palate with cherries and pepper.

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750ml £11.85

Klippenkop Pinotage, Robertson 2022


Klippenkop Pinotage is a dark, brooding wine, rich with black fruit and just a hint of chocolate.

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750ml £11.85

The Berry Box Merlot, Edgebaston, Stellenbosch 2020


The Berry Box Red provides a medley of small berry and fruit flavours including blackcurrant, raspberry, strawberry, mulberry and blackberry combine with a hint of anise and vanilla to give a wine that is instantly gratifying in flavour whilst showing good structure and tannin concentration to allow for some maturation.

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750ml £12.45

The Pepper Pot, Edgebaston, Stellenbosch 2019


The Pepper Pot shows the fresh, fruity and spice driven flavours of the Rhone varietals. The colour is youthful and purple/red. The nose is one of crushed black pepper, dark mulberry and mixed berry coulis.

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750ml £12.45

Excelsior Estate Robertson Sauvignon Blanc, 2023


Excelsior Estate Robertson Sauvignon Blanc is pale gold in colour with lime green hues. The nose is complex with passion fruit, grapefruit and some fresh spice. The palate is full of tropical fruit, with clean and zesty acidity.

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750ml £12.65

Excelsior Estate Robertson Cabernet Sauvignon, 2021


Excelsior Estate Robertson Cabernet Sauvignon displays ripe blackcurrent and sweet spice characters on the nose, which are backed-up with more spicy notes from the oak ageing. The palate is smooth and soft,with beautiful ripe tannins and a very long finish.

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750ml £12.75

Excelsior Estate Robertson Merlot, 2021


Excelsior Estate Robertson Merlot has lovely ripe red cherries on the nose, backed-up by smoky coffee and warm spice notes. The palate is soft and full of red fruit, followed by a long fruit and vanilla finish.

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750ml £12.75

Excelsior Estate Robertson Shiraz, 2021


Excelsior Estate Robertson Shiraz has prominent aromas of dark cherry and sweet violet, with additional notes of soft warm spice. The palate is smooth and full of stone fruit, very fruity and fresh on a long lingering finish.

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750ml £12.75

Post House Admirals Pinotage, Heideberg 2019


Post House Admirals Pinotage is dark blue red rimmed with a nose of blueberry, strawberries, chocolate, pepper and a hint of floral, giving a rich smooth palate of ripe fruit and spices.

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750ml £13.50

7even Sauvignon Blanc, Zevenwacht, Stellenbosch 2023


7even Sauvignon Blanc is an elegant refreshing, fruit driven wine. A perfect combination of greener sweeter fruit with a beautiful density on the palate and zesty lime citrus finish.

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750ml £13.55

7even Syrah, Zevenwacht, Stellenbosch 2017


7even Syrah is a luscious wine with hints of red raspberry and white pepper spice. Soft pliable tanins lend subtle support to the structure, yet unobstrusive on the succulent palate.

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750ml £13.55

7even Pinotage, Zevenwacht, Stellenbosch 2017


7even Pinotage is a vibrant wine with plum and dark cherry aromas that follow through on the palate. A well intergrated wine with soft dark choclote tanins.

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750ml £13.55

Goats do Roam Red Wine, 2022


Goats do Roam Red Wine is bright ruby in the glass with purple glints. The nose fills with aromas of blackberries and raspberries, also hints of soft warm spice. The wine is medium-bodied with juicy tannins and suble notes of vanilla on the finish.

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750ml £13.65

The Tin Mine White, Stellenbosch 2019


The Tin Mine White is ripe and exotic, a distinctive, spicy, perfumed wine that is rich and subtly oaked. Complex aromas of dried yellow fruits and spice with a refreshing lime and citrus finish.

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750ml £13.65

Goats do Roam White Wine, 2022


Goats do Roam White Wine is bright and clear in the glass with flashes of green. This is a medium-bodied wine with aromas of apricots, pear and white blossom on the nose. Lingering citrus flavours on the palate are complemented with a fruity acidity.

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750ml £13.65

Bon Courage Estate Chardonnay Prestige Cuvee, Robertson 2021


Bon Courage Estate Chardonnay Prestige Cuvee features a lime gold colour indicating some mature notes which are highlighted in a big, full nose where peach and citrus combine to give super complexity. Big mouth packed with flavours including grapefruit, lime, lees. Vanilla and butterscotch give crème bruleè characters.

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750ml £13.98

Sauvignon Blanc, Rickety Bridge, Franschhoek 2020


Sauvignon Blanc, Rickety Bridge, Franschhoek is intense, vibrant and zesty with aromas of pear, gooseberry, passion fruit, full flavoured with peach, lychee lingering,

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750ml £14.25

The Tin Mine Red, Stellenbosch 2017


The Tin Mine Red is a purple red in colour, with the nose that exudes aromas of violets, dried spices and concentrated black prunes with a slow release of red cranberry and dark chocolate. The palate impresses with density on entry matched with persistent yet supple tannins - a multi layered wine. This texture is perfectly offset by balanced acidity that allows for a remarkable length of finish.

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750ml £14.35

Bon Courage Estate Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon,Shiraz 2014


Bon Courage Estate Blend boasts an absolute divine nose, which captures the fruitiness of the black grape. Tones of tobacco combined with walnuts and berries make this an outstanding blend. Soft oak gives this blend body and a smooth texture.

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750ml £14.55

Shiraz Rickety Bridge Franschhoek, 2017


Shiraz Rickety Bridge Franschhoek has aromatic notes of spice, white pepper, dark chocolate. Matured in small French oak barrels, hints of clove, mulberry,

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750ml £14.95

Chameleon Merlot No Added Sulphur, Jordan Wines Stellenbosch 2022


Chameleon Merlot No Added Sulphur by Jordan Wines is a juicy natural wine made using a process which involves no additional sulphur.

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750ml £14.98

Zevenwacht Estate Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2023


Zevenwacht Estate Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc is a clear and bright wine with hints of lime and gold. The palate is both rich and refreshing and contains elements of honey, nuts and ripe pineapple and hints of yellow peach. The wine is classically dry, yet luxuriously silky with superb viscosity and length.

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750ml £15.65

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