Top South Africa Cape white blends

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Critics are abuzz at what looks set to be 'the next big thing' from South Africa: premium white blends to rival the best from Bordeaux, the Rhone and beyond. Tina Gellie visits the Cape to find out why and selects 12 of the best picks to buy...
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South Africa Cape Blends, The Sadie Family Palladius 2010
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The Sadie Family, Palladius, Coastal Region 2010

The Sadie Family, Palladius, Coastal Region 2010
(60% Chenin Blanc plus Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, Roussanne, Semillon Blanc, Semillon Gris, Palomino, Marsanne)
Weighty, textured and juicy. Lifted acidity freshens a preserved lemon palate. Savoury cashew finish. Endless length. (19/20pts (96/100pts)
Price £37 Berry Bros, Handford, Woodwinters, Swig
Drink 2013–2020
Alc 14.5%

South Africa Cape Blends, Alheit Vineyards Cartology 2011
South Africa Cape Blends, The Sadie Family Palladius 2010
South Africa Cape Blends, Mullineux Swartland 2011
The Sadie Family T Voetpad 2011