South Africa

The South African wine industry began to open up following the privatisation of the state-controlled wine making cooperative in 1997. The best wine making regions are found on and around the coastline of the Cape. They should have a hot climate but are subject to cooling influences such as the Southern Ocean and prominent mountain ranges.

Stellenbosch is the most important fine wine producing district. White and red is produced equally, although plantings of indigenous grape varieties are decreasing.

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Hazy View Chenin Blanc

Hazy View
South Africa

Chenin Blanc 100%

This inexpensive example shows what the grape can do if vinified carefully — peaches and pears on the nose with some more pears on the palate and a fresh clean finish.

ABV 12.5%

Guru Chenin Blanc

Hoopenburg The Guru
South Africa

Chenin Blanc 100%

A refreshing, fragrant summer wine with notes of lychee and kiwi. A good balance of fruit and acidity on the mid-palate with a clean finish

ABV 13.5%

Guru Sauvignon Blanc

Hoopenburg The Guru
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Sauvignon Blanc 100%

Notes of guava, green fig leaf and lychee. A refreshing, fragrant and fruity easy drinking summer wine. A good balance of fruit and acidity on the mid-palate. Satisfying finish.

ABV 13.5%

Guru Merlot

Hoopenburg The Guru
South Africa

Merlot 100%

This Merlot expresses flavours of red fruits, cherries and pink lady apples. A really lovely drinking wine with good freshness

ABV 12.5%

Hoopenburg 'Bushvine' Chardonnay

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Chardonnay 100%

The nose on this wine truly represents the fresh pure fruit of the wine. Lemon, lime and grapefruit with a pinch of cream balance out the nose. The zesty fruit on the nose is also present on the palate, with the 20% barrel fraction coming through nicely on the mid palate. Between the freshness and creaminess of the wine, this Chardonnay is perfectly balanced, simply flowing over the tongue enticing you to take another sip.

ABV 14.0%

Hoopenburg 'Bushvine' Chenin Blanc

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Chenin Blanc 100%

A refreshing, fragrant summer wine with notes of lychee and kiwi. A good balance of fruit and acidity on the mid-palate with a clean finish

ABV 13.0%

Hoopenburg Sauvignon Blanc

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Sauvignon Blanc 100%

Nose: Fruit driven with loads of freshness and nice sucrosite. Expect granadilla and pear aromas which follow through on the palate. A good balance of fruit and acidity on the mid-palate and a clean finish.

ABV 13.0%

Integer Chardonnay

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Chardonnay 100%

On the nose this chardonnay is complex and fresh with notes of apricot and citrus with a subtle hint of oak vanilla flavours. On the palate it is round, soft bodied and balanced with a lingering limey texture rounded up with integrated oak.

ABV 13.5%

Hoopenburg 'Bushvine' Cabernet Sauvignon

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

This wine boasts full, well-developed open aromas and flavours combining green pepper, cassis and fresh blackberry fruit with a pleasant meat extract character, probably imparted during the 18 month in second-fill French oak, a gorgeous, tasty, delicate Cabernet combining modern appeal with traditional classicism. Medium-bodied, it’s to be enjoyed with venison, lamb stew, meat pastas or rare beef.

ABV 14.5%

Hoopenburg 'Bushvine' Merlot

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Merlot 100%

The wine has a very delicate nose with wafts of perfume and flowers coming through. A medium bodied palate follows with round but firm tannins lingering on the back of the tongue. Great with meats and pasta, even try with a crab curry.

ABV 13.5%

Hoopenburg Pinotage

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Pinotage 100%

Upfront aromas on the nose of strawberries and raspberries with subtle hints of coffee and chocolate. Medium bodied palate, fresh and fruity, along with a very fine grained mid palate tanning.

ABV 13.5%

Hoopenburg Pinot Noir

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Pinot Noir 100%

Attractive, bright ruby colour with a forthcoming, fruity nose and palate. Full of strawberry and raspberry flavours balanced by firm acidity and gentle wooding. Full red berry aromas compliment a firm tannin structure supported by delicate oak. An elegant, drinkable medium bodied wine.

ABV 12.5%

Hoopenburg Shiraz

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Syrah/Shiraz 100%

Gorgeous crimson colour, lightly spiced with delicate berry aromas on the nose and palate. The initial mouth feel is quite sumptuous, with this elegant Shiraz finishing long and full. Clean palate, and a fresh fruit driven nose results from a good balance in acidity and rounded tannins.

ABV 14.5%

Integer Cabernet Sauvignon

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

This Cabernet Sauvignon is rich with flavours of blackcurrants and prunes, with a sprinkling of mixed dry herbs combined with a sleek and elegant structure.

ABV 13.0%

Integer Syrah/Mourvedre/Carignan

Hoopenburg Wines
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Mourvèdre 36%, Syrah/Shiraz 36%, Carignan 28%

This is a classic Rhône style blend with lots of depth on the palate with spice and black berry on the nose. Mulberries and whiffs of cinnamon, dried herbs and liquorice with very subtle spices in the background. On the palate there’s fruit at first, a structured mid-palate, with lovely elegance, finishing with silky savoury tannins. This wine has a sinewy strength to keep it in perfect shape for +5 years.

ABV 14.5%

Stonedale Chenin Blanc

Rietvallei Wine Estate
Robertson, South Africa

Chenin Blanc 100%

This is a very fruity, but dry Chenin Blanc expressing fresh citrus flavours together with lovely floral aromas of dried apple and musk sweets. The palate is crispy as a result of a good balancing acidity, complimented with a lingering aftertaste.

ABV 12.0%

Stonedale Sauvignon Blanc

Rietvallei Wine Estate
Robertson, South Africa

Sauvignon Blanc 100%

This is a crisp, fruity Sauvignon Blanc with typical tropical flavours on the nose that follow through on the palate. The pallet also reveals a hint of minerality and a well balancing acidity resulting in a zesty, long-lasting aftertaste. A fresh, fruity, dry wine for everyday enjoyment.

ABV 12.0%

Stonedale Cabernet Merlot

Rietvallei Wine Estate
Robertson, South Africa

Cabernet Sauvignon 69%, Merlot 31%

As would be expected from a Merlot this is a smooth wine with a soft, juicy tannin structure. The Cabernet Sauvignon on the other end provides this wine with a smooth, well-rounded mouth feel. A wine with attractive red berry fruit on the nose that follows through on the palate with a touch of toasted oak. An easy drinking red for everyday enjoyment.

ABV 13.0%

Stonedale Shiraz

Rietvallei Wine Estate
Robertson, South Africa

Syrah/Shiraz 100%

A wine with attractive mocha and berry fruit on the nose, revealing that same berry fruit and mocha on the palate, infused with chocolate and a hint of spiciness. A smooth and well-balanced wine with soft, juicy tannins, ending with a lingering aftertaste.

ABV 13.0%

Classic Red Muscadel

Rietvallei Wine Estate
Robertson, South Africa

Muscadel 100%

Rietvallei Red Muscadel is full-bodied, rich, yet gentle. A floral, Muscat bouquet comes through on the nose, with typical raisiny sweetness and an intense, rich flavour that lingers on the palate and follows through on the aftertaste while the acidity compliments and balances the sweetness.

ABV 17.0%


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