The Future of South African Wines in the UK?

The Future of South African Wines in the UK?

 I had to include this wine in the selection because, other then being totally delicious, it is a classic example of the course that the South African wine industry would like to follow in the UK wine market (see main article). The process began back in 1995 when Hendrik Laubscher began the process of taking full advantage of the Doolhof farm’s several micro-climates.                            

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Hendrik Laubscher is the longest standing viticulturist at Doolhof and has over seen the planting of vines on the estate since the mid-1990s. He ensured only the finest vines were kept and set about producing wines of quality, with good aging potential. This sits in contrast to the cheaper bulk wine that South Africa had focused upon in the past. The product is a wine of extreme elegance and complexity that takes of advantage of using this noble grape variety to its full potential. Top quality South African wines is still a little niche in Britain but we do have a decent selection to chose from at Weavers. I’d encourage to give them a go next time you want a special bottle of wine, the quality is certainly there.


Can produce rich juicy fruit driven wines, but is also prone to over cropping which can lead to dull wines. Vineyard location and maintenance is important in making the most of this varietal. It is the backbone grape in many Bordeaux wines.


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