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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……… 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, Olifants River 2016

Light to medium bodied, dry, fresh fruit driven white

Luscious straw gold wine with a hint of guava , apples and r...

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750ml £6.86

Pinotage Parrotfish, Olifants River 2016

An intensely fruity wine with strawberry, raspberry and cher...

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750ml £6.86

Shiraz Rose, Barton Vineyards, Walker Bay, South Africa

Delicate Raspberries and Strawberries on the nose and palate...

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700ml £8.22

Barton Rouge, Barton Vineyards, Walker Bay 2013

A fine blend from handpicked Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mer...

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750ml £8.22

Barton Blanc, Barton Vineyards, Walker Bay 2015

A lovely crisp blend from hand picked Sauvignon Blanc, Cheni...

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750ml £8.22

Chenin Blanc Barton Vineyards Walker Bay 2012

Green apple, white pear and honey on the nose. Hints of quin...

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750ml £8.88

Pinotage, The Ruins, Robertson, South Africa 2013

Stylish with lovely aromas of black fruit and typical smokey...

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750ml £9.36

Unoaked Chardonnay, Jordan Winery, Stellenbosch 2010

Medium bodied dry white with complexity and finesse

Creamy citrus flavours with layers of tropical fruit, full r...

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750ml £9.41

Chenin Blanc, Jordan Winery, Stellenbosch 2013

Full bodied dry white, rich and succulent with concentrated long memorable flavours

Barrel fermented adding a spicy complexity with layers of cr...

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750ml £9.48

Blanc Fume, Jordan Winery, Stellenbosch, 2005

Medium bodied dry white with complexity and finesse

Ripe tropical and green fig flavours are well integrated wit...

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750ml £9.84

Syrah, The Raconteur, Swartland, 2013

Syrah The Raconteur shows ripe mulberry fruit, mingled with ...

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750ml £9.98

Chenin Blanc Bush Vine The Raconteur Swartland, 2014

Intense flavour, stone fruit, ripe golden apples, guava, suc...

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750ml £9.98

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Chameleon Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Jordan Winery 2010

Medium to full bodied dry red with complexity and finesse

Full flavoured, rich in berry flavours with a spicy complexi...

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750ml £10.36

Sauvignon Blanc, Rickety Bridge, Franschhoek

Intense, vibrant and zesty with aromas of pear, gooseberry, ...

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750ml £10.44

Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Barton Vineyards Walker Bay 2013

Orange blossom on the nose, intense fruit flavours of melon,...

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750ml £10.45

Sauvignon Blanc Barton Vineyards Walker Bay, 2014

A nose of green peppers, gooseberries and grapefruit with an...

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750ml £10.58

Sauvignon Blanc De Grendel 2012

Tropical fruit flavours, passion fruit and fig aromas on the...

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750ml £10.64

Goats Do Roam White, Fairview, Paarl

Medium bodied with aromas of apricots, pear, white blossom, ...

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750ml £10.69

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Sauvignon Blanc, Edgebaston 2009

Packed with crisp, stunning flavours so typically Sauvignon ...

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750ml £10.88

Shiraz, Boschendal, Coastal Region

Classic style, matured in French oak, deep black fruit flavo...

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750ml £11.38

Pinotage Rickety Bridge Franschhoek, 2014

Black fruit flavours, layers of plums and spice.Silky palate...

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750ml £11.64

Meerlust Red, Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch 2013

Expressive nose with ripe blackcurrant fruit, plums, spice, ...

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750ml £11.92

The Goatfather, Fairview, Paarl

Full bodied with pronounced fruit on the nose, perfumed viol...

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750ml £12.20

Merlot, De Grendel, Cape Town 2011

A wine of a distinctive character and expressive style comin...

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750ml £12.68

Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barton Vineyards Walker Bay 2011

Concentrated berries and white pepper spiciness on the nose,...

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750ml £12.68

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