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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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Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc, 2023


Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc has a bright green colour in the glass with tropical aromas, green figs and guava. Fresh grapefruit flavours give way to lime undertones which contribute to the wine\'s generous mid-palate and lingering, crisp finish.

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750ml £15.98

Fairview Chenin Blanc, 2023


Fairview Darling Chenin Blanc is a vibrant light green colour in the glass with fruity aromas of melon and pear on the nose. The palate is fresh and crisp with lengthy, well balanced acidity and flavours of limey minerality typical to the Darling vineyards.

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750ml £15.98

The Tin Mine Red Zevenwacht Stellenbosch 2019


The Tin Mine Red, Zevenwacht, Stellenbosch is a rich, silky textured Shiraz, based red with aromas of violets, dried spices, black fruits, and a touch of dark chocolate

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750ml £15.98

The Tin Mine White Zevenwacht Stellenbosch 2019


The Tin Mine White Zevenwacht stellenbosch is rich and exotic, spicy, perfumed wine. Complex aromas, flavours of dried yellow fruit, spice and lime finish

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750ml £15.98

Goats do Roam "The Goatfather" Red Wine, 2020


Goats do Roam \"The Goatfather\" Red Wine is a full-bodied wine with pronounced rich red fruit on the nose and hints of fresh violets. The palate mirrors the initial aromas with added warm spice flavours and nuances of vanilla on the finish.

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750ml £16.35

Gabrielskloof Bot River Sauvignon Blanc, 2022


Gabrielskloof Bot River Sauvignon Blanc shows welcoming green melon and kiwi fruit on the nose, evolving into herbaceous notes of nettle and lemon grass, and ending with a white floral bouquet. The aromas follow through on the palate, which is mouth-filling and rich with great balance.

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750ml £16.50

Gabrielskloof Bot River Rosebud, 2023


Gabrielskloof Bot River Rosebud has flavours of papaya, melon and hints of mango, both on the nose and the palate. Also, on the palate there are spicy red fruits in the background thanks to the Syrah componet of the blend.

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750ml £16.95

Pinotage Rickety Bridge Franschhoek, 2020


Pinotage Rickety Bridge Franschhoek has black fruit flavours, layers of plums and spice.Silky palate, well integrated, velvety with subtle oaking, lingering juicy finish.

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750ml £17.50

Gabrielskloof, "The Blend" Walker Bay 2020


Gabrielskloof, \"The Blend\" Walker Bay has aromas of black cherry and anise with hints of black pepper and tobacco leaf from the time in barrel. This wine has soft tannins, balanced with bright acidity and a juicy palate. The finish is long and lingering with hints of dark chocolate.

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750ml £17.75

Jordan Estate Cold Fact Sauvignon Blanc 2022


Jordan Estate Cold Fact Sauvignon Blanc exudes aromatics of blackcurrant leaf & ripe Cape fig balanced by a complex fruit structure and sweet Provençale herbs on the finish.

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750ml £18.25

Cape Chamonix Rouge, Franschhoek 2021


Cape Chamonix Rouge shows a deep ruby colour with garnet highlights on the rim. The generous bouquet suggests blackcurrant, cedar with scents reminiscent of red berries, spices and vanilla. The wine is amply structured; full, round and smooth on the palate with rich fruit and length of flavour. An elegant wine that can mature with time in the bottle.

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750ml £18.25

Fairview Paarl Viognier, 2021


Fairview Paarl Viognier has a bright light green colour in the glass with powerful stone fruit and honeysuckle aromas. Followed by a full-bodied palate with soft spice, mango and other lingering soft fruit flavours.

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750ml £18.35

Spice Route Swartland Grenache, 2019


Spice Route Swartland Grenache is a most elegant built wine that benefits from a lightness which does not hinder its fine complexity. Soft tannins and good acidity help to provide a subtle and fruity palate, with lots of juicy Grenache and warm spices.

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750ml £18.50

Cape Chamonix Unoaked Chardonnay, Franschhoek 2022


Cape Chamonix Unoaked Chardonnay has a bright straw colour with greenish highlights and an intense aroma that recalls ripe apples, lime and pears with hints of herbs and tropical fruit. Bright and steely dry in flavour, the grapefruit and spice sensations are buoyed by zesty acidity that refreshes the palate through a smooth finish.

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750ml £18.50

Spice Route Swartland 'Tarragon' Old Vine Chenin Blanc, 2023


Spice Route Swartland \'Tarragon\' Old Vine Chenin Blanc, has a complex nose with lots of tropical fruits, followed by mineral notes. The palate is rich and broad, again, with fruits like mango and peach. The finish is well balanced and long.

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750ml £18.75

Unoaked Chardonnay, Jordan Winery, Stellenbosch 2022

Medium bodied dry white with complexity and finesse


Unoaked Chardonnay, Jordan Winery, Stellenbosch is a totally unique unoaked offering that is defined partly by extended lees contact that develops mouthfeel and nuance in the wine. Aromas of freshly grated lemon zest and citrus orchard that finishes with flavours of apricot puree and lime sorbet.

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750ml £18.85

Jordan Estate Inspector Peringuey Chenin Blanc 2022


Jordan Estate Inspector Peringuey provides a contemporary and deliciously mouth-filling experience of white pear, quince and green pineapple interlaced with a spicy complexity.

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750ml £18.85

Tokara Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, 2022


Tokara Chardonnay, Stellenbosch has aromas of lime zest, orange blossom, fresh brioche and toasted almonds. Fresh pineapple, grapefruit, lime zest notes. Creamy round texture, bone dry finish

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750ml £18.98

Post House Stamp of Chenin, Heideberg 2022


Post House Stamp of Chenin offers a nose of peach, citrus and liquorice. Rich and full bodied palate with delicate flavours of tropical fruit, orange and minerals. Soft round entry finishing with a long and full mouth feel. A hint of sweetness.

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750ml £19.25

Spice Route Swartland Pinotage, 2022


Spice Route Swartland Pinotage has an intense ruby red colour and rich blackcurrent and cherries on the nose. Intense dark fruit flavours on the palate combine well with sweet vanilla, spice and hints of oak.

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750ml £19.35

Jordan Estate The Outlier Sauvignon Blanc 2021


Jordan Estate The Outlier Sauvignon Blanc is characterised by a barrel-fermented dimension which adds additional depth and complexity whilst retaining the linear qualities associated with grapes planted on south-east facing aspects. A dense portrayal of sun-kissed tropical fruits, a true ‘outlier’.

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750ml £19.50

Spice Route Swartland Mourvedre, 2021


Spice Route Swartland Mourvedre has black cherry infused with cardamon and nutmeg on the nose. Intense fruit shows well on the palate, with elegant mineral tones adding to the savoury character of the wine. Medium bodied with fine oak from the French oak barrels.

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750ml £19.75

Fairview Paarl Pinotage, 2021


Fairview Paarl Pinotage has a bright ruby red colour in the glass. Cranberries, violets and plum aromas with a hint of vanilla. Elegant flavours of fresh red fruit and soft warm spice with supple tannins on the finish.

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750ml £19.98

Jordan Estate The Real McCoy Riesling 2023


Jordan Estate The Real McCoy Riesling features intense flavours of lime through to white peach and Granny Smith apple.

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750ml £20.50

Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, 2021


Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, is a brilliant dark plum colour, with a ruby red rim. The bouquet has aromas of dark cherries, cassis and ripe plums. There are high tone notes of fresh red berries, nettles and mint. There is an underlying smokiness. The palate has stunning flavours of dark cherries, cassis and a certain savoury saltiness to it. The wine has a lingering finish with clean silky tannins and a touch of oak sweetness.

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750ml £20.75