Fresh off the back of our South African tastings, we've put together a case of all the wines featured in the tastings. A fantastic range of sparkling, white and red wines from incredibly exciting producers.

2018 Pieter Ferreira Extra Brut, Stellenbosch (92 points - Tim Atkin)
No introductions are required for Mr and Mrs Bubbles themselves. Ann, the owner, and Pieter, the winemaker, at Pieter Ferreira are nothing short of South African legends. Primarily tank fermented, with a small portion of Chardonnay undergoing barrel fermentation, before three grams of dosage and five years on the lees. This leads to an extraordinarily complex bubbly with layers of fruit, nut, brioche and chalk on the palate.
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2022 Waterkloof Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch
A biodynamic rounded, elegant and altogether spot on Sauvignon Blanc from just south of Stellenbosch, near the sea. Being near the South Atlantic means lots of cool ocean winds which result in good natural levels of fresh and clean acidity as well as low yields. Made by Louis Boutinot (top bloke from Salford) with minimal human interference in the vineyard or winery and fermented in large old oak barrels.  Crushed laurel on the nose along with lime and goosberries and a lightly salty tang. This is a ripe and textured style of Sauvignon, with good concentration of citrus and stone fruit characters and fennel hints, this richness balanced by taut, mineral acidity.

2021 Paul Wallace Little Flirt Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin
This is a full and fruit driven Sauvignon Blanc led by tropical fruit, kiwi, gooseberry and golden delicious apples. Overall, a fresh and friendly wine, capturing the purity of fruit from Elgin’s cool climate.
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2021 Dornier Moordenaarskloof Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch
The vines that produce this Chenin Blanc were planted, in the Moordenaarskloof, in 1986 at an elevation of 230 metres above sea level. The juice was fermented on the lees in 300L French oak barrels, which adds complexity and structure to the wine. Bright and pale straw in colour, the wine has an intriguing bouquet of citrus, stone fruit and a hint of pineapple. This is supported by fragrant hints of honeysuckle, minerality and cinnamon spice. Lees aging and barrel fermentation adds texture and a hint of creaminess to the wine. You will want another glass – maybe another bottle!
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2019 Eikendal Vineyard Chardonnay, Stellenbosch (93 points - Tim Atkin)
Made with grapes from Eikendal’s own property as well as cooler climate Elgin. Notes of orange peel and white-peach surround a mineral core. Acidity, from Elgin fruit, brings a freshness and tightness on the palate. Toasty, well-integrated oak from barrels custom made by a top Burgundian cooper – some of which are untoasted to retain purity of fruit.
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2021 Dornier Cocoa Hill Ruby Red, Stellenbosch
Merlot (34%), Shiraz (30%), Cabernet Sauvignon (19%), Malbec (14%) and Petit Verdot (3%) – each component was separately fermented and barrel aged, in older French oak, for 12 months before blending. A small un-oaked component was also added to bring some freshness to the blend to ease earlier drinking. A full bodied red with aromas of red and black fruit, some freshly ground pepper and a hint of spice. The concentrated fruit, fresh acidity and find tannin give rise to a long finish.
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2021 Metzer Cinsault (93 points - Tim Atkin)
Sourced from a single-vineyard of dry-land bushvine, planted on the foothills of the Helderberg in 1957 – the oldest block that Wade currently works with. The wine is aged for 9 months in barrrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wine shows delicate flavours of ripe cherries, cranberries, peppery spice as well as a hint of lavender. Despite its delicacy, the palate is firm and concentrated with fine dry tannins.
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2020 Metzer Cabernet Sauvignon (93 points - Tim Atkin)
90% Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Shiraz. The wine is gravity fed into oak barrels (30% new) for malolactic fermentation and 15 months of ageing. The wine shows classic Cabernet flavours of ripe plums, herbs and cassis as well as a hint of smoked meat. The wine opens up with darker undertones of cigar-box and spice before a mélange of layered berry fruits. The palate is full bodied, lifted by a fresh acidity and framed by compact yet prominent tannins.
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2018 Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon (96 points - Platters, 95 points - IWSC)
Plaisir was founded by French Huguenots some three centuries ago. The vineyards for this wine are between 12 and 15 years old, with South-East facing slopes for generous sun exposure. This wine was matured in 60% new French Oak Barrels, for 12-16 months. It’s full-bodied, with notes of blackberry, dark chocolate and sweet vanilla; firm tannins and a generous finish with red berries lingering on the palate.
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2022 Torero Vineyard Pasiphae Syrah, Stellenbosch
The Pasiphae Syrah closely emulates Cote Rotie. This Stellenbosch Syrah vineyard located on Karibib has very quickly risen into significance as it produces some of the best Syrah in the country – perpetually covered in clouds, the vineyard sits at the top of Karibib against a strip of fynbos, 300m above sea level. The vines lie in coarse decomposed Polkadraai granite, high in quartz silicate which makes for fast draining soils and concentrated grapes – characteristically peppery, filled with herbal aromatics such as juniper, thyme, lavender and violets.
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2020 Dornier Moordenaarskloof Tinta Barocca, Swartland
Dornier have sourced a brilliant old block, planted in 1971, of Tinta Barocca from the Swartland for this wine. The vines are old, dryland farmed and planted in poor soils – all of these factors reduce the yield on the vines, thus boosting the concentration of the fruit. Post fermentation the wine is aged in French oak for 17 months. Broodingly dark in colour and delectably full bodied. Raspberry, mulberry and aromatic spices jump out of the glass. Fine grained, grippy, tannins are in perfect harmony with the abundance of concentrated fruit.
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