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South Africa

Since the abolition of apartheid in South Africa, the country is once again becoming a world player on the viticultural stage. As an overview, South Africa encases the elegance and finesse of the european wines while retaining the bold ripeness of the southern hemisphere.

The most famous region is without doubt Stellenbosch that lies just below the Simonsberg Mountain and where the Cape Doctor wind that blows from False Bay cools the vineyards. Here Chardonnay is the main white grape with the Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot weighing in for the reds. Some Sauvignon Blanc is grown but this is far more successful in the Overberg where Pinot Noir is also producing some superb wines. Look out for wines from Elgin or Walker Bay which can offer both terrific quality and value.

The hotter region of Paarl is also producing good wine especially from the older Bush Vine plantings that naturally shade the berries from the harsh sunlight. Chenin Blanc can be good from here but now some growers are showing their love for Rhone varieties by planting such grapes as Viognier for whites and Shiraz and Mourvedre for the reds. 

We must just mention here South Africa's home variety of Pinotage. Not everybody's cup of tea but certainly worthy of trying, it is a hybrid created in 1934 at the University of Stellenbosch from Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Some good wines are to be found made from this variety but there are some pretty grim ones too. Buyer beware!

  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz (Case Of 3)
    £29.25

    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz (Case Of 3)

    Indaba

    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz by Indaba comes from grapes grown mainly in vineyards surrounding Paarl, a region with a Rhône-like climate that is ideal for...

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    £29.25
  • Indaba Mosaic
    £9.95

    Indaba Mosaic

    Indaba

    Indaba Mosaic is a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated Bordeaux blend, displaying alluring aromas and juicy flavours of blackcurrant, ripe, earthy berry f...

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    £9.95
  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
    £9.95

    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz

    Indaba

    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz by Indaba comes from grapes grown mainly in vineyards surrounding Paarl, a region with a Rhône-like climate that is ideal for ...

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    £9.95
  • Indaba Merlot
    £9.95

    Indaba Merlot

    Indaba

    Indaba Merlot is crafted in a fresh, clean style, this velvety wine offers enticing aromas and bright, juicy flavours of cherry, dark berry and plu...

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    £9.95
  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz (Case Of 6)
    £57.00

    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz (Case Of 6)

    Indaba

    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz by Indaba comes from grapes grown mainly in vineyards surrounding Paarl, a region with a Rhône-like climate that is ideal for...

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    £57.00
  • Indaba Braai Cabernet Sauvignon
    £10.95

    Indaba Braai Cabernet Sauvignon

    Indaba

    The essence of a Braai is captured in this bold Cabernet Sauvignon which has aromas and flavours of dark berries, earth and smoke - the ideal compl...

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    £10.95
  • Indaba Chenin Blanc
    £9.95

    Indaba Chenin Blanc

    Indaba

    Indaba Chenin Blanc is made from South Africa’s most widely planted variety and it is the Cape’s signature white grape. Indaba's fresh, easy-drinki...

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    £9.95
  • Indaba Sauvignon Blanc
    £9.95

    Indaba Sauvignon Blanc

    Indaba

    A crowd pleaser, this easy drinking Sauvignon Blanc displays appealing citrus and tropical fruit aromas that lead to a fresh, invigorating palate o...

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    £9.95
  • Indaba Chardonnay
    £9.95

    Indaba Chardonnay

    Indaba

    Indaba Chardonnay has bright, tropical fruit aromas leading to a crisp, fresh palate with mouth-filling flavours of apple, pear, honey, and pineapp...

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    £9.95