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South Africa

For a number of years, we and many others have been telling anyone who would listen that South Africa was the most dynamic and interesting wine producing nation in the world. This claim is backed up by our South African wine sales that, thanks to you, have climbed sky high in 2017.

In achieving this, special mention has to go to Bruwer Raats, along with collaborators Mzokhona Mvemve (MR Compstella) and Gavin Bruwer (B Vintners), whose breadth and quality of wines truly fly the flag for the Cape. As if to prove the point, Bruwer won an unprecedented 8 five star ratings from Platter at the end of 2017, a truly stunning achievement.

But basking in reflected glory is not our style and so we have new additions to our South African portfolio this year, and a noteworthy new addition are the wines of Trizanne Barnard, already known to us by her project, with Bruce Jack, Bonfire Hill. Mainly grown in the rugged, windswept land of Elim in the deep south of the country, Trizanne has produced exceptional wines and is no slouch in the awards department herself. She picked up a Decanter trophy for her Reserve Semillon Sauvignon, 5 stars from Platter for her Reserve Syrah, and more importantly (to her at least) the title of best female surfer in the annual winemakers' surfing competition.

With new releases arriving from the Drift and Iona, we are looking forward to another stellar year for South Africa as the portfolio grows and continues to prove how exciting this country is.