I was fortunate enough recently to attend the inaugural tasting of the Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA).
It’s a group of like-minded independent producers who have come together with the purpose of promoting South Africa as a quality wine destination.
There are some bigger volume great value Cape wines available, but trade up a little and you will discover some really exciting wines to be tasted.
For me, the star grapes were Chenin Blanc and Syrah, and the producer who really shone was Paul Cluver, with some lovely cool climate white wines.
There’s also the Mullineux family wines, which are doing brilliant things with Syrah and white blends, and Newton Johnson Vineyards, which has surprisingly elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
TOP TIPPLE: Waitrose Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2012, Cederberg
Produced for Waitrose, in partnership with Cederberg Estate (which is one of the members of PIWOS), not only does this wine support local community projects, but it is a really tasty Chenin Blanc.
There’s fresh lime and tropical fruit, nice zesty acidity and a long flavoursome finish, which would be great with spicy seafood dishes.