"The ultimate patio wine" now under convenient screwcap

Fleur du Cap Natural Light Chenin Blanc 2014, ZAR42

With a modest alcohol level of 9.7% and convenient screwcap closure from the current 2014 vintage, Fleur du Cap Natural Light Chenin Blanc is described by brand owner Distell as "the ultimate patio wine" and "ideal if you are watching your waistline but still want to enjoy those little pleasures".

Cool-climate Sauvignon from Africa’s southernmost winery

Strandveld Pofadderbos Sauvignon Blanc 2014, ZAR113

Named after a single vineyard known for frequent encounters with puff adders, Pofadderbos Sauvignon Blanc 2014 shows big tropical fruit aromas, a creamy palate and minerality on the aftertaste, with balanced natural acidity, according to Strandveld winemaker Conrad Vlok.

Muratie's maiden rosé méthode cap classique sparkling

Muratie Lady Alice Rosé Brut 2012, ZAR160

In response to countless requests for a pink bubbly, Muratie Estate has released its maiden rosé méthode cap classique sparkling. A blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, Lady Alice Rosé Brut 2012 is described as "a wine for celebrations and commiserations, for drinking on its own or pairing with food (try oysters or Gentleman’s Relish on toast)."

Springfield Estate’s ode to the bounty of the sea

Springfield Estate Miss Lucy 2014, ZAR86

Named after the critically endangered Red Stumpnose, Springfield Estate’s new Miss Lucy is a racy, light-bodied blend of sauvignon blanc, semillon and pinot gris/grigio, created as an ode to the bounty of the sea.

Morgenster's "great Italian wines from great Italian varieties"

Morgenster Nabucco 2012, Tosca 2012 & Caruso 2014, ZAR309/209/82 ex cellar

Representing Morgenster’s Italian heritage, Nabucco (from nebbiolo), Tosca (sangiovese, merlot and cabernet sauvignon) and Caruso (rosé from sangiovese) are made in limited quantities and therefore available only in local retail and from the estate.

Avontuur Pinot Noir-Chardonnay "ideal for summer afternoons"

Avontuur Estate Pinot Noir-Chardonnay 2014, ZAR65 ex cellar

Ideal for summer afternoons, with a moderate alcohol of 12.5%, partly wooded Avontuur Pinot Noir-Chardonnay is made to be enjoyed with or without food, says Avontuur winemaker Jan van Rooyen.

The Wolftrap Rosé: 'Perfect for spring weather'

The Wolftrap Rosé 2014, ±ZAR40

Fresh and crisp, The Wolftrap Rosé is perfect for spring weather. Made dry from shiraz/syrah, grenache and cinsaut sourced from Swartland and Wellington, it's a versatile food partner to everything from seafood, especially salmon and bouillabaisse, to hot Thai dishes.

Lanzerac Sauvignon Blanc: ‘No better way to enjoy the warmer weather’

Lanzerac Sauvignon Blanc 2014, ZAR80 only from cellardoor

Well balanced and lingering, the new release of Lanzerac Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect wine to enjoy on its own or with fresh summer salads, goat’s cheese, asparagus quiche, tzatziki, classic pea soup or garlic and lime squid, says Lanzerac cellarmaster Wynand Lategan.

New Glenelly chardonnays "from balanced, complex" vintage

Glenelly Grand Vin Chardonnay 2013 & Glass Collection Chardonnay 2013; ZAR140/65

French-owned estate Glenelly has released its wooded Grand Vin and unoaked, screwcap-closed Glass Collection chardonnays, both from a harvest producing wines with great balance and complex aromas, says winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain.

New vintage of Cocoa Hill Rosé "the most elegant yet"

Dornier Cocoa Hill Rosé 2014; ±ZAR60

"A great vintage, with the merlot ripening evenly and the light colour being our most elegant yet," says Dornier winemaker Jeanine Craven of the 2014 Cocoa Hill Rosé. "Aromas of strawberry, raspberry and mint follow through on the crisp, dry palate."

Durbanville Hills Cabernet "perfect for hearty winter dishes"

Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2012; ZAR59

Smooth with silky tannins and dark berry fruit flavours, the new vintage of Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is recommended by winemaker Wilhelm Coetzee for pairing with roast leg of lamb, gourmet beef burgers, and cow’s milk hard cheeses such as mature gouda and cheddar.

Muratie Cape Vintage honours winemaker "Barefoot" Ben Prins

Muratie Ben Prins Cape Vintage 2009; ZAR170

Muratie’s port-style Cape Vintage pays homage to the estate’s legendary Ben Prins, winemaker from 1957 until 1987, whose trademark was his bare feet. The 2009 vintage, packaged in a stylish black canister, is now available in retail nationally.

New summery Pinot Grigio from Two Oceans

Two Oceans Pinot Grigio 2014, ZAR37.95

One of few varietal bottlings of this grape variety South Africa, Two Oceans Pinot Grigio is light, aromatic and food friendly - ideal for sipping on a warm summer’s day. The 2014 vintage features the new brighter, fresher look of the Two Oceans packaging.

Refined debut Cabernet Franc from Waterkloof

Waterkloof Circumstance Cabernet Franc 2012, ZAR155 only from cellardoor

Originally earmarked for blending, Waterkloof's maiden Circumstance Cabernet Franc instead was bottled as a single-varietal wine because "it had all the refined qualities to make its debut," according to winemaker Nadia Barnard.

Cool-climate Lomond's journey into pinot noir begins...

Lomond Pinot Noir 2012, ZAR115

Lomond wine estate, at the windswept southernmost tip of Africa, has begun its journey into pinot noir with the limited-release 2012 vintage, from a tiny vineyard just 7 km from the ocean. “An interesting wine,” winemaker Kobus Gerber says, “that’s captured the imagination of everyone who’s tasted it.”

New Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Elgin's trackside winery

Winters Drift Pinot Noir & Chardonnay 2013, ZAR120/97

Pinot Noir and partly wooded Chardonnay, both from the 2013 vintage, are the latest releases by Winters Drift winery, based on historic Glen Elgin farm in cool-climate Elgin Valley. The wines are available nationally and from the tasting room and eatery, situated amid fascinating memorabilia in the old Elgin railway station on the property.

"Perfect winter warmer", now and for 5-8 years

Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, ZAR120

Described by its maker, Wynand Lategan, as "the perfect winter warmer", Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is good now (particularly with roast beef, grilled lamb chops, ostrich, casseroled poultry, tuna or pasta) or in five to eight years.

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