South Africa: The New Wave

South Africa: The New Wave

South Africa: The New Wave

The South African wine scene is moving at break-neck speed, with a whole new generation of growers and winemakers setting out to produce wines that are largely based on old vines and often from multiple regions with field blends of varieties.

This younger generation, what I like to call the 'New Wave', are now producing wines of a quality never seen before in South Africa. The likes of Chris and Suzaan Alheit who exploit old vine Chenin Blanc and Semillon to make their cult wine 'Cartology' and their single-vineyard wine 'Hemelrand Vine Garden' are now at the top of their game in this country, making South Africa one of the most exciting places to find fine white wines at the moment. These wines are made in minuscule quantities and are normally snapped up very quickly.

We are very pleased to introduce the wines of Thorne & Daughters whose repertoire includes beautiful old vines of Chenin Blanc and Semillon but also rediscovering Rhone varieties such as Roussanne and Clairette, alongside red Rhone varieties of Grenache Noir, old vine Cinsault and Mourvedre.

Newton Johnson seeks out much cooler sites in the Cape South Coast from regions such as Bot River and Worcester for their Chablis-esque Chardonnay and Cote de Beaune-style Pinot Noir under the 'Felicité' label. The Pinot is rapidly becoming Noble Grape's favourite everyday Pinot delivering delicious, cool fruit with real style.

The wines of Chris Williams of The Foundry go from strength-to-strength with his 2015 Grenache Blanc (unfortunately now all sold) winning White Wine of the Year in the 2018 John Platter Guide. His Syrah is a fine expression of this variety from a cool climate with notes of black pepper, smoked meat and violets.

In time we will have more to add to this section so keep checking in on our latest arrivals.

Richard Ballantyne MW

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  1. Newton Johnson 2017 Felicite Chardonnay
    An un-oaked Chardonnay from vineyards in the cool area of Worcester. Fresh and crisp with notes of green and golden... Learn More
  2. Newton Johnson 2017 Felicite Pinot Noir
    A cool, spicy Pinot Noir full of black fruit flavours, but with notes of dried herbs, clove, nutmeg and vanilla. The... Learn More
  3. Lukas van Loggerenberg 2017 Break a Leg Blanc de Noir
    Lukas made just two barrels of this very fine rosé from Paarl. Aged for 8 months in used barrels, this is a... Learn More
  4. The Foundry 2012 Syrah
    Cool climate Syrah from a single vineyard that is only 3km from False Bay. The resulting wine is cool and fresh with... Learn More
  5. Thorne & Daughters 2017 Rocking Horse
    A multi region blend, made from old and young vines of Roussanne, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Clairette and Chardonnay. A... Learn More
  6. Thorne & Daughters 2017 Wanderer's Heart
    Thorne's elegant Rhone blend red which actually ends up being more Burgundian for its elegance and its medium bodied.... Learn More
  7. Thorne & Daughters 2017 Paper Kite Old Vine Semillon
    This wine is made from two blocks of Semillon. One from Swartland that is 53 years old and one from Franschhoek that is... Learn More
  8. Chris & Suzaan Alheit 2017 Hemelrand Vine Garden
    One of Alheit's single vineyard wines located in Hemelrand at 360 metres elevation. A true field blend of varieties... Learn More
  9. Lukas van Loggerenberg 2017 Kameraderie Chenin Blanc
    Made from Chenin Blanc vines planted in 1960. 2016 was the debut vintage of this wine and is already making waves in... Learn More
  10. Chris & Suzaan Alheit 2017 Cartology
    A Cape blend of 87% Chenin Blanc & 13% Semillon. This is now well established as a cult wine with a tremendous... Learn More
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