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...
South Africa Cape Blends, Lammershoek Roulette Blanc 2010
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Lammershoek, Roulette Blanc, Swartland 2010

Lammershoek, Roulette Blanc, Swartland 2010
(41% Chenin Blanc, 37% Chardonnay, 18% Viognier, 4% Clairette Blanc)
Tight structure, smoky edge, oxidative complexity, great texture. Waxy, lanolin-like quince fruit with nutty notes. Lovely length. Organically farmed. (18/20pts (93/100pts)
Price £11.50–£12.75 (2008) Stainton Wines, Woodwinters, World Wines Online
Drink 2013–2018
Alc 13.5%