Why It’s Time to Try South African Wine

A new wave of acclaimed vintners are putting this far-flung producer back on the map. here are the bottles to know.

A new wave of acclaimed vintners are putting this far-flung producer back on the map. Here are the eight bottles to know.

1. 2011 Sadie Family Pofadder

Cinsault keeps its acidity in Swartland’s hot summers, giving this elegant single-vineyard red a balance of anise and fruit flavors and minerality.

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2. 2010 Sutherland Chardonnay

Pear and quince permeate this medium-bodied wine, which was produced on a former apple orchard in Elgin.

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3. 2009 Miles Mossop Saskia

Floral, lemon curd, and almond notes dominate this dry white blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier for a well-rounded mix.

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4. 2009 Mvemve Raats MR de Compostella

This Bordeaux-style blend has layers of spice, earth, and tobacco—hewing closer to the European spirit than to New World styles.

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5. 2007 Sijnn Red

Blending French and Portuguese grapes, this remarkable first vintage is a smooth combination of ripe-fruit and black-olive notes with a dry finish.

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6. 2009 Fable Bobbejaan

This Syrah from Charles Banks, former owner of cult producer Screaming Eagle, has hints of spicy chocolate and a long, earthy finish.

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7. 2011 Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc

The high winds on surfer Duncan Savage’s Cape Peninsula winery produce smaller grapes, giving this white intense lime, grass, and grapefruit flavors.

8. 2010 A.A. Badenhorst Family White

The flagship wine from Adi Badenhorst—who left the well-established Stellenbosch region for Swartland—is a complex, blended white.

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