Our Favorites


There's a big wide world of South African wines out there, and we can order just about any one of them for you. But if you'd like a quick low-down on what's good, here's a snapshot of our favorites.

Sparkling Wine

 

The charming Congolese server who recommended Pongracz, told us that we'll never forget this once we can pronounce it.  And he was right - this is a delightful bubbly with enough complexity to match its unusual name. 

 

Chenin Blanc

 

Originally from the Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc is one of the most widely planted grapes in South Africa.  This is an easy drinking white wine, perfect to start an evening with some light cheese and crackers, or to pair with seafood and Asian salads.


Sauvignon Blanc

South Africa makes some very good Sauvignon Blancs. At  S$34 per bottle, this dry white wine has hints of tropical fruit, a light herby and slightly sweet citrus finish. Recommended for by the pool on a lazy afternoon with friends. 

 

Viognier

This was a pleasant recent discovery from one of our favorite wine farms in South Africa, Backsberg. With apricot, peach and honeysuckle notes it goes very well with seafood dishes, creamy sauces, and Asian curries. 

 

 

Chardonnay

 

This isn't your typically Chardonnay. Rated 93 points by Tim Atkin MW, it is a classy wine with subtle new wood, and does not have the oak that most people have come to expect with Chardonnay. It is fresh, zesty with flavors of green apple, honey, lemon and a hint of orange peel. This is a delightful afternoon sipper and beautiful with grilled chicken, chicken salad, smoked seafood. 

 

Pinotage

Pinotage is South Africa's signature grape variety, and the perfect wine for barbeques for its bold flavors and similarities with Shiraz. This one's a real winner for its price, elegant tannins and lovely mix of fruit and mocha notes.

 

 

Shiraz

Boschendal Shiraz has less 'plummy' notes than an Australian Shiraz, but still has rich juicy berries. We love this one for its lovely lingering fruit and spicy pepper finish. It's an easy-drinking, Friday night Shiraz.

 

 

 

It was an unforgettable experience to watch Vergenoegd's 200+ ducks parade across the farm after a morning's work. They must be doing a great job as this wine is divine.  Our go-to for a celebration, and we love it for its vanilla undertones and slight smokiness. 

 

Cabernet Franc

It's not a grape you'd normally think about, but it is a key varietal in that Bordeaux that you love! It adds spiciness and herbiness to the blend. On its own, it's a wonderful food wine and has great ageing potential. Our go-to Cabernet Franc in our cellar is Gabrielskloof's Landscape Series Cab Franc. It's a steal for S$48 per bottle, with its notes of tobacco leaf, bell pepper and plum, refined tannins and balanced flavors of red fruit. No wonder it was recently voted one of the top 30 alternatives to a Claret in Decanter Magazine (Jan 2019).

 

 

Everyday Red

This is our favorite pizza night wine, It's an easy drinking Cabernet Sauvignon blend that is wonderful to just sip on while watching Netflix, or while waiting for the BBQ (Braai) to be ready. And yes, it's wonderful with BBQ'd meats too!

 

 

Merlot

We first came across this wine at a lovely Farm Shop in Houw Hoek, a skip and hop away from Shannon's vineyards. We had it on our first night at a safari lodge one very cold African winter's night, and it was the perfect way to start a memorable trip.  A classy merlot that is so refined and sophisticated contrary to its name. It has a fragrance of ripe red fruits such as plums and dark cherries, with earthy complexity and yet still expressing minerality. No wonder Tim Atkin MW calls it the 'best expression of a merlot from South Africa.'

 

 

Red Blend

 

This classy cabernet sauvignon blend is like a quietly confident person. Understated, but packed with the right blend of black and red berries, just the right punch, and a lingering finish. I dare say it stands up to a very good French Bordeaux.

 

 

This wine needs no introduction. As the name suggests, it is indeed the wine incarnation of a deliciously rich block of 70% dark chocolate. Not quite dessert wine, but with its strong chocolate notes, it might as well take dessert's place on the menu.