South Africa 2019 part IV – Regional Profiles

Written by Tom Cannavan for



As one of the Cape’s newest and smallest appellations, Breedekloof has a rising reputation for bottled wines. The terroir is varied, largely thanks to the effect of the twin geographic features of the Breede River and Badsberg Mountains, and today there are around 20 wine producers, almost all old family farms. The region is setting out its stall as a Chenin Blanc stronghold – Breedekloof claims to provide fruit for 20% of all of the Cape’s Chenin production. A focus here was The Chenin Blanc Initiative, where members guarantee to make at least three special barrels each year that express something singular about the region and variety. As a relatively new quality bottled wine region, most of these wines are not yet listed in the UK.



Located on the fertile slopes of the Brandwacht Mountains at altitudes ranging from 250m to 450m above sea level. With Hallgarten in the UK.


Grown on shale and aged in foudre with natural ferment, with a little Hungarian oak barriques. Youthful green-tinged wine, with a bold apple fruited nose, clear and nicely pitched open and refined style, a spangle fruit brightness. The palate is beautifully fruited, a lovely creamy and supple style, the ripe fruit sweetness balanced against delightful fresh acidity, oak just warming he finish.

Olifantsberg, Blanc 2016

92 points  |  £13.99

Grenache Blanc, Chenin, Roussanne, Chardonnay from bush vines. Chardonnay in new barrels. Quite a deep colour, with marmalade and toast, lots of limey depth. On the palate masses of texture and fruit sweetness, a lovely Burgundian-style wine.
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