Ten best varietal wines from South Africa - The top ten

A baking summer's afternoon in south-west London was the setting for a South African focus tasting, concentrating on Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon, Pinotage and Rhone varietals. On the white side, the Chenins showed an interesting range of styles, from crisp and light, to rich and full, and the Sauvignons boasted a bit of diversity as well. While 28 degree heat is not the ideal environment for tasting big, New World reds, there were some really quite good Pinotages on show, and South Africa is clearly still going great guns with its Syrah.

Wine name Producer Country Region Vintage

Eben Sadie, Sequillo Red, Swartland

The Sadie Family Wines N/A N/A 2005

Boekenhoutskloof, Syrah, Coastal Region

Boekenhoutskloof Winery N/A N/A 2006

The Foundry, Syrah, Stellenbosch

The Foundry N/A N/A 2005

Luddite, Shiraz, Stellenbosch

Luddite Wines N/A N/A 2005

DeWaal, Top of the Hill Pinotage, Stellenbosch

DeWaal Wines N/A N/A 2003

Kanonkop, Pinotage, Stellenbosch

Kanonkop Estate N/A N/A 2006

Cederberg, Chenin Blanc, Cederberg

Cederberg Wine N/A N/A 2008

Ken Forrester, The FMC, Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch

Ken Forrester Vineyards N/A N/A 2007

Klein Constantia, Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia

Klein Constantia Estate N/A N/A 2008

Steenberg, Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia

Steenberg Vineyards N/A N/A 2008