Two superb South African whites

I’m getting quite enthused about South African whites of late. Especially the white blends. Here are two very good wines, both made by winemaker Ian Naude. One is a blend of different varieties; the other a blend of different regions.

Naude 2008 Western Cape, South Africa
A blend of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, weighing in at 11.5% alcohol. A bit of spritz on opening. Lovely rich, aromatic nose combining sweet herbal, grapey, melony fruit and some cut-grass freshness. There’s a herby, pithy, slightly bitter edge to the crisp grassy palate that’s more savoury than the nose would suggest, with some citrus freshness. 90/100 (£19 www.therealwineco.co.uk)

Adoro 5 Regions Sauvignon Blanc 2008 South Africa
13% alcohol. 35% Stellenbosch, 34% Elgin, 20% Darling, 7% Durbanville, 4% Elim. Very tight and mineral with lovely precision. There’s a very fine, subtle green pepper character but it is complemented by grapefruit, herb and citrus notes. Nice concentration and lovely balance. Not showy, but sophisticated. 90/100 (£19.95 www.therealwineco.co.uk)

1 comment to Two superb South African whites

  • Thanks for sharing! South Africa is a country whose wines I keep meaning to taste more of (but Spain and Portugal and northern France keep standing between me and the register), so it’s great to have a few well-recommended white blends from which to start.

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