Three Cape wines you should try

Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Western Cape

Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Western Cape

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There are three South African wines to try this week, all of which have another more famous label behind them.

Founded by two of Bordeaux’s leading wine personalities in the late 1990s, Anwilka Vineyards has now been fully merged with Klein Constantia, one of the Cape’s most famous estates.

Anwilka 2008, Stellenbosch (sawinesonline.com, £22.99) is a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – not cheap but it’s a modern Cape classic.

Zondernaam Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Western Cape (Co-op, £7.49 on offer from £9.99 until April 23) is in essence the second label of Tokara.

It has been aptly named Zondernaam, meaning without name, but this is lovely with green notes, cut grass, a touch of gooseberry and a nice crisp finish.

Top Tipple: Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Western Cape

Made by the brilliant Cape Point Vineyards, which must be the closest vineyard to the beach I’ve ever been to, this is stunning value and should be bought by the case.

It is really fresh with grapefruit, a little tropical fruit and zesty, mouth-watering acidity. All we need now is the summer.

The Co-op, £6.49 on offer from £7.99 until April 23.

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