Cool-climate pinot noir from Shannon Vineyards

Shannon Vineyards Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir 2013, ZAR250

Shannon Vineyards' acclaimed Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir is from a riverside site in cool-climate Elgin, owned and managed by brothers Stuart and James Downes. Described as "elegant and textured... with terrain-driven minerality and impressive purity of fruit", the 2013 vintage is recommended with fillet and porcini sauce or slow-roasted duck.

New vintage of Yonder Hill's Bordeaux-style blend

Yonder Hill Wines Inanda 2013, ZAR90

Inanda, meaning "Place of Beauty" in Zulu, is a blend of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot from five-year-old vineyards planted on the northern slopes of Yonder Hill estate. Ready to drink now, the wine can also be cellared for 4 to 6 years.

Maiden Noble Late Harvest from Strandveld Vineyards

Strandveld Suikerbekkie Noble Late Harvest 2012, ZAR210

Named after the Cape Sugarbird, Strandveld Vineyards' first Noble Late Harvest (NLH) dessert wine is from partially botrytised, barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc, and somewhat drier in style than traditional NLHs. The limited release of only 2,000 bottles is available exclusively from the cellardoor near Cape Agulhas, the southern tip of Africa.

Bubbly specialist Charles Fox launches prestige cuvée

Charles Fox Cipher Méthode Cap Classique 2011, ZAR450

Made on Charles and Zelda Fox's Furneaux Estate in Elgin in conjunction with international consultant Nicolas Follet, this new flagship bubbly comprises equal proportions of chardonnay and pinot noir aged four years in an underground cellar dedicated exclusively to champagne-method sparkling.

Bonhomous Fat Bastard range gets new Merlot & Rosé

Fat Bastard Merlot 2013 & Pinot Noir Rosé 2014; ZAR95-100 and ZAR75-80

Fat Bastard, the locally produced range created in 1995 by Briton Guy Anderson and French winemaker Thierry Boudinaud, has been joined by a Merlot and dry Pinot Noir Rosé - full-bodied wines intended to be enjoyed with bellyfuls of laughs and good-natured cheer.

Jordan's Chenin Blanc celebrates 19th-century wine hero

Jordan Inspector Péringuey Chenin Blanc 2014, ZAR90

Now named after the 19th-century Inspector-General of Vineyards in the Cape, who led the fight against phylloxera, Jordan's well-established partly barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc is made from the rare Montpellier clone, and shows richness and flavour depth with underlying elegance and minerality.

Lanzerac bubbly "perfect for romantic dinners"

Lanzerac Blanc de Blancs Brut, ZAR220 (available only from the cellardoor)

Perfect for romantic dinners, the maiden-release Lanzerac Blanc de Blancs méthode cap classique sparkling displays chardonnay’s typical fresh citrus and lime aromas, a biscuity, yeasty undercurrent on the palate, and an array of fine bubbles, says Lanzerac cellarmaster Wynand Lategan.

Biodynamic Syrah shows "classic violet scent of northern Rhône"

Avondale Samsara Syrah 2007, ZAR335

Released after at least five years' bottle-ageing on the estate, biodynamically grown Samsara Syrah shows "distinctive spicy aromas and absolutely classic northern Rhône scent of violets", according to Avondale's proprietor Johnathan Grieve, who recommends pairing the wine with a simple grilled kudu steak.

"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.

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