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Coastal Region

The Coastal Region of South Africa is located in the vicinity of Cape Town and includes the celebrated districts of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Constantia amongst others.  It is home to bulk-producing co-operatives, superb small estates and everything in between. 

The Coastal Region of South Africa is located in the vicinity of Cape Town and includes the celebrated districts of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Constantia amongst others.  It is home to bulk-producing co-operatives, superb small estates and everything in between. 

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Great expressions of the classic grapes will happily rub shoulders with eminently drinkable everyday wines and it is this breadth of choice that has enabled the Coastal Region to become an export success in the days that have followed apartheid.

Styles of Wine

In common with the rest of South Africa, the Coastal Region is a traditional stronghold of white wines with the perfect climate for reds.  This imbalance is beginning to be redressed and the region is now producing very fine examples of both.  The reds can be fruit driven and immediate or complex and demanding of age, whilst at their best the whites are fresh, well-balanced and laced with tropical flavour.  The reds, in particular, have been blended with imagination and great aplomb.  Sweet and fortified wines are also produced.

Key Vines

The versatile Chenin Blanc was once the prominent white, and it still produces enjoyably undemanding wines to this day, but Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc have emerged as the white grapes of quality.  Muscat is grown in Constantia for the sweet Vin de Constance. Bordeaux is unashamedly the influence when it comes to the reds, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot at the forefront of these.  Shiraz has been very successful, as have Cinsault and Pinotage, South Africa's very own grape.  One curiosity is the Tinta Barroca (sometimes spelt 'Tinta Barocca'), a grape used for Port that is producing varietal wine in the district of Swartland.

Climate and Conditions

Swartland is hot, as is Paarl, but irrigation is only generally required in the former of the two.  Stellenbosch and Constantia are kept cool and moist by the influence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and are ideal environments for the growing of quality grapes.  Soil types vary considerably and the new wave of winemakers have the expertise to exploit them to their full potential.

 

 

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  1. Crocodile's Lair Chardonnay, Bouchard Finlayson

    Crocodile's Lair Chardonnay, Bouchard Finlayson, 2015 75cl

    A superb Chardonnay with tropical fruit aromas and a hint of vanilla. The plate is full and generous with finish showing good length with the toasty oak influences shining through.

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  2. The Den Chenin Blanc, Coastal Region

    Den Chenin Blanc, Coastal Region, 2016 75cl

    A lively South African white with the classic punchy fruit flavour we've come to expect from the Chenin made here. Very well textured on the palate, creamy apple flavour dominates with a hint of citrus too on a crisp finish.

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  3. Freedom Cross, Chenin Blanc, Paarl

    Freedom Cross, Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, 2017 75cl

    Pale gold with a distinctive green hue and a well-balanced sweet nose of tropical fruit and honey. The palate offers citrus flavours with a hint of peach.

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  4. Freedom Cross Chardonnay, Paarl

    Freedom Cross Chardonnay, Western Cape, 2016 75cl

    An elegant and full-bodied wine with good balance and tropical citrus flavours. Rich and buttery on the palate, with a firm structure.

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  5. Freedom Cross Sauvignon Blanc, Paarl

    Freedom Cross Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2017 75cl

    Clear colour with a light aroma, mostly flint and like a Loire wine, but with more Apricot fruit on the palate.

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  6. Kaapzicht Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch

    Kaapzicht Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, 2016 75cl

    Quince, tropical and stone fruit flavours with savoury undertones. Lightly textured palate with subtle sweetness and balanced acidity gives this wine a fresh finish.

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  7. Newton Johnson South End Chardonnay,

    Newton Johnson South End Chardonnay, 2015 75cl

    Grapefruit, hedge flowers and green citrus aromas encourage you further in. Initial creaminess in the mouth develops into fresh peach, balanced by crisp citrus notes. The finish is dry and fruity. 

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  8. Painted Wolf Chenin Blanc, Swartland

    Painted Wolf Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2012 75cl

    Intensely flavoured and well textured white that has peach and melon fruit flavour in abundance. In the mouth this is well supported by vanilla notes from the oak-aging and the finish is long and fresh.

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  9. Villiera Jasmine Fragrant White, Stellenbosch

    Villiera Jasmine Fragrant White, Stellenbosch, 2015 75cl

    As the name suggests this is a fragrant white from South Africa. Made from a blend of Muscat, Riesling and Gewürztraminer this wine has soft floral white petal aromas balances with a fresh and fruity finish. A perfect wines to go with spiced food.

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  10. The Den Pinotage, Coastal Region

    Den Pinotage, Coastal Region, 2014 75cl

    A very fruity expression of South Africa's most famous black grape. Lots of berry fruit, both red and black, are supported by just a hint of the earthy tannin typical of this style. There is some spice and toast in a finish that is pleasingly deep.

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  11. Freedom Cross, Cinsaut Cabernet, Paarl

    Freedom Cross, Cinsaut Cabernet, Western Cape, 2015 75cl

    The combination of the smooth, fruity Cinsaut and the more complex blackberry Cabernet makes this an ideal easy-drinking red.

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  12. Freedom Cross Pinotage, Paarl

    Freedom Cross Pinotage, Western Cape, 2015 75cl

    Full-bodied dry red with an approachable earthy and berry fruit aroma. Softly styled in character.

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