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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 Paarl Shiraz, 2020


Fairview Paarl Shiraz has an intense red colour in the glass. Soft warm spice on the nose with red berry fruit. The palate reveals plum fruits with a touch more spice and then a rich mouth feel with well-integrated supple tannins.

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750ml £21.95

Syrah, The Prospector, Jordan Winery, Stellenbosch, 2021

Medium to full bodied dry red with complexity and finesse


Syrah The Prospector from Jordan Winery has a complex concentration of flavours, dense rich dark chocolate, black fruit laced with flavours of white pepper and spice, toasty nuances, barrel aged,

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750ml £22.50

Jordan Estate Black Magic Merlot 2021


Jordan Estate Black Magic Merlot uses part whole-berry fermentation and softer pump-overs to extract aromas of red plums and dark bitter chocolate. French oak maturation seasons the wine to accentuate the seductive flavours and generous velvety tannins.

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750ml £22.50

Jordan Estate The Long Fuse Cabernet Sauvignon 2021


Jordan Estate The Long Fuse Cabernet Sauvignon features fully developed flavours and soft ripe tannins without compensating the tension and elegance captured from the various cabernet slopes. Here especially, the climate plays a significant role to allow great fruit expression and classic essences of cedar, brambles and toasted tobacco.

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750ml £22.50

Tokara Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc , Elgin 2022


Tokara Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc displays a vibrant deep straw colour with flecks of green. The aromas on the nose are a melange ripe tropical fruits such as guava, papaya and passion fruit intermingled with the more herbaceous aromas indicative of a cooler climate Sauvignon blanc such as asparagus, nettles and fresh cut grass. The palate the wine is surprisingly full and rich with mouth filling flavours reminiscent of the character on the nose.

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750ml £22.98

Camino Africana Cabernet Franc, Edgebaston 2019


Camino Africana Cabernet Franc provides refined and well rounded pallet of cherry, raspberry and plumb with herbal notes. med bodied with medium to light acidity.

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750ml £23.25

Jordan Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2022


Jordan Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay is bold and graceful with fragrances of lemon biscuit and overripe oranges.

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750ml £23.50

Fairview Paarl Sweet Red, 2021


Fairview Paarl Sweet Red has a very dense ruby colour in the glass with purple glints. Prunes and Christmas cake aromas on the nose. The palate is well balanced, full of soft warm spice and mixed dried fruit, followed by richly sweet, fortified flavours.

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750ml £23.85

The Saboteur White Blend, Bot River 2019


The Saboteur White Blend features an appearance of pale straw with a hint of lime green. Aromas of white peaches, chalky, litchi, cinnamon spice and citrus blossom. A palate of citrus bon-bons with a textured mid pallet of ripe green plums and naartjie life savers with a long, balanced finish.

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750ml £23.98

Cape Chamonix Cabernet Franc, Franschhoek 2021


Cape Chamonix Cabernet Franc shows a deep ruby mulberry colour and intense bouquet with scents reminiscent of bell pepper, red berries, spice and cigar box. A wine of ample structure fills the mouth with concentrated fruit and berry sensations.

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750ml £24.50

Cape Chamonix Greywacke Pinotage, Franschhoek 2017


Cape Chamonix Greywacke Pinotage has a deep garnet red colour with tinges of dark violet when young. The bouquet is complex with scents recalling wild berries, spice and cherries. On the palate the wine shows full body and rich dark chocolate bitles extract with fruit flavours balanced elegantly by tannins with a long and lingering finish that reveals a sweetness reminiscent of liquorice.

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750ml £24.50

Post House Penny Black, Heideberg 2021


Post House Penny Black, Heidelberg is an elegant wine with a soft entry but with a firm but supple finish. Dark inky black colour. Initial bouquet of floral petals, blackcurrant, fruitcake, white pepper and spice. Rounded tannins and ample fruit results in a layered and complex wine.

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750ml £24.98

Cape Chamonix Feldspar Pinot Noir, Franschhoek 2022


Cape Chamonix Feldspar Pinot Noir has a bright red colour. The bouquet is complex with scents recalling wild berries, spice, sour cherries and violets. On the palate the wine shows medium body with fruit flavours balanced elegantly with tannins in a long finish

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750ml £25.50

Cape Chamonix Chardonnay, Franschhoek 2021


Cape Chamonix Chardonnay shows bright straw yellow colours with golden highlights and ample aromas in scents that recall tropical fruits and grapefruit, mingling with hints of oatmeal, caramel and nutmeg. Medium-bodied with richly complex flavours of fruit. The wine is balanced and supported by a touch of light oak, carrying through tilt to the last sip.

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750ml £25.55

Jordan Reserve Mellifera Noble Late Harvest Riesling, 37.5cl 2021


Jordan Reserve Mellifera Noble Late Harvest Riesling, 37.5cl is delicate and floral with a ripe apricot and spring blossom bouquet and the well-balanced acidity adds elegance to the long, rich finish.

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375ml £25.98

Spice Route, "Chakalaka" Swartland 2021


Spice Route, \"Chakalaka\" Swartland is deep ruby red in colour. Aromas of clove and subtle white pepper followed by plum with hints of elegant spice. A luscious and rich palate followed by smooth, integrated oak and well-balanced tannins.

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750ml £26.50

Post House Missing Virgin (Pinotage, Petit Verdot), Heideberg 2019


Post House Missing Virgin (Pinotage, Petit Verdot) is a step away from the traditional style of Pinotage. It is generous in its fruit profile, with focus and length on the finish.

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750ml £26.98

Tokara Reserve Collection Chardonnay, Stellenbosch 2020


Tokara Reserve Collection Chardonnay has a vibrant golden straw colour. The nose has intense aromas of lemon blossom, citrus preserve and ripe yellow fruits. The subtle oaking is evident by hints of roasted almonds and fresh toast which underpin the vibrant fruit aromas. The palate is rich and full yet amazingly fresh and mouth watering. The flavours of ripe papaya and pineapple fill the mouth while a vibrant mid-palate of lemon zest and marmalade leads to a fresh crisp finish with a hint of toasted oak.

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750ml £27.98

Camino Africana Pinot Noir Reserve, Edgebaston 2019


Camino Africana Pinot Noir Reserve, Edgebaston is made from Pinot Noir clone 667 planted over two decades ago as an experimental block.

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750ml £27.98

Cape Chamonix Reserve White, Franschoek 2019


Cape Chamonix Reserve White shows a pale straw colour, fresh aromas with scents of exotic spice, figs, nettle, and grapefruit. On the palate it is full and round with rich fruit sensation and minerality balanced by bracing acidity.

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750ml £28.50

The Saboteur Red Blend, Bot River 2017


The Saboteur Red Blend is dark, garnet and full colour to the edge. Black and red fruit, fynbos, garrigue scrubland, all spice and a hint of toasty wood. Overall quite perfumed Dark juicy fruit on entry. Broad, spicy cherries and red fruit which gives a feeling of freshness on the mid palate. Finish is dry and firm with balanced tannins.

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750ml £28.98

Fairview Paarl "La Beryl Blanc", 2022


Fairview Paarl \"La Beryl Blanc\" has intense tropical fruit followed by delicate noted of soft spice and hints of jasmine blossom on the nose. Lychee and tropical fruit linger on the palate. The mouth feel is rich and fruity yet well balanced, with refreshing acidity.

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750ml £29.78

Cape Chamonix Troika, Franschhoek 2021


Cape Chamonix Troika has deep ruby-mulberry colour when young, with scents that recall vanilla, sweet ripe cherries, blackberries and other spices. The wine is amply structured; full, round and smooth on the palate with rich fruit and berry sensations, fine harmony and length of flavour.

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750ml £29.98

Tokara Directors Reserve White, Stellenbosch, 2020


Tokara Director’s Reserve White has a stunning vibrant golden hue. The nose displays stunning complexity with fruit notes of ripe quince and baked apples, hints of marzipan and toasted brioche and an underlying herbal note of nettles. The wine is full and rich as it passes onto the palate with a rich creaminess on the midpalate leading to a long finish of stunning balance. This wine drinks exceptionally well now but will continue to develop and improve through till 2024.

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750ml £31.98

Tokara Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch 2020


Tokara Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon displays a stunning deep garnet colour with a vibrant ruby red rim. The aromas are that of pure Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon. Packed with dark berries, cocoa powder with hints of dried herbs, eucalyptus and Chinese five spice. The palate is full texture and sweet fruit. Toasted oak and vanilla. This leads to a dry spice lingering finish.

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750ml £32.25