The weather is warming up which means it’s time to open up some of the best summer wines out there, and South African judge James Pietersen shares the best in 2018.
Alheit Vineyards, Huilkrans Chenin Blanc 2017 – R 625 (N/A)
Chris and Suzaan Alheit, together with their assistant Franco Lourens and viticultural consultant Etienne Terblanche, are the dream team that has firmly established Alheit Vineyards as SA’s premier white wine producer. The 2017 Huilkrans is a clear expression of terroir, showing us the Alheits’ true mastery. Simply one of the greatest whites ever made in SA.
Sadie Family, Mev. Kirsten Chenin Blanc 2017 – R 895 (N/A)
By now, the Sadie Family needs no introduction. Their wines have revolutionised the South African landscape and inspired a whole generation of winemakers. The 2017 Mev. Kirsten is easily one of the best South African white wines we have ever tasted. It is the epitome of old-vine Chenin Blanc from SA’s oldest Chenin block, which was planted in 1920.
Neil Ellis, Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – R 385
Warren Ellis and his siblings, who have taken over the family business, are bringing this stalwart producer into this new and exciting era in South African wine. This keenly-priced wine is ‘a must’ for any fine wine collector.