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, Mullineux Swartland 2011
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Mullineux, Swartland 2011 18.5 (95)
(65% Chenin Blanc, 26% Viognier, 9% Clairette Blanc)
Textural, fresh, bright fruit. Bone dry with pure apple concentration. Fruit from 60-year-old, dry-farmed vineyards, fermented in old oak foudres. (18.5/20pts (95/100pts)
Price £16–£20 Berry Bros & Rudd, Domaine Direct, Handford, Noel Young, Slurp, Solent Cellar, Swig
Drink 2013–2018
Alc 13%

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