B-21 Top Recommendation
From super bargains to superstars, South Africa puts it all on the the table with an unmatched spectrum of diversity; terroir, varietals and winemaking. The biodynamic work of green thumb Johan Reyneke who is doing great work with old vine Chenin Blanc, and fortunately South Africa has extensive holdings of old-vine Chenin. Ernie Els is turning out winning wines, in particular the 2014s with intense, exceptional reds. Serious Cabernet sources are blessing this Proprietor's Blend from the Helderberg region within the Stellenbosch appellation. What about a Syrah that favors the great wines of the northern Rhone? Cape Syrah! Stunning Porseleinberg Syrah is being hatched from concrete eggs in the Swartland. Winemaker Callie Louw is proving South Africa is a serious world stage contender. Organically farmed, whole bunch fermentation, native yeasts to grapes from severe schistous rock soils make a terroir-driven wine not to be missed. Buitenverwachting's Bayten Sauvignon Blanc is a serious Sauvignon Blanc as much as a serious bargain. Planted in the southwest corner of South Africa, a cooler growing region just eight miles from False Bay – well suited for Sauvignon – that is dry-farmed old vines planted on decomposed granite. These are just a sampling of cutting-edge, fun, dynamic wines from South Africa that you are sure to explore and enjoy.