The wines on this list have been enjoyed and selected by the owners of Fordoun. A couple of the wines have not been Platter tasted or star rated, so we have not printed star ratings against any of the wines. You are just going to have to trust what we believe to be taste and price value throughout the selection.
Hill&Dale Pinot Grigio – 2015 R90.00 Stellenbosch
Wonderfully fresh and vibrant with a crisp acidity. Tropical fruit flavours are evident without being overt and the wine ends with a clean freshness and zingy vibrance.
Post House Stamp of Chenin – 2014 R250.00 Somerset West
Rich, full-bodied palate with delicate flavours of tropical fruit, orange and minerals. Soft, round entry finishing with a long, full mouth feel and a hint of sweetness.
Uitkyk Chenin Blanc – 2013 R155.00 Stellenbosch
Concentrated fruit flavours of ripe guava and pineapple, together with floral notes. Plenty of fruit on the palate with sweet vanilla and honey following through.
Earthbound Organic Chenin Blanc – 2015 R100.00 Darling
Ripe fruit with subtle dried pear and apricot flavours with a delicate mineral note lingering aftertaste.
Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc – 2014 R205.00 Stellenbosch
Harmonious balance between fruit and delicate oak/vanilla flavours.
Abingdon Viognier – 2014 R350.00 Balgowan (KZN)
Produced by our local Abingdon Estate, this challenging grape variety has improved consistently over the last 7 years as the vines have matured. Lightly wooded. A delightful bouquet delivering through to apricot and peach. Asparagus. Typical Viognier spiciness.
Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc – 2015 R205.00 Citrusdal
An elegant wine that is full of life. On the nose you will find capsicum, gooseberries, white asparagus and a hint of lime zest. A crisp flinty finish with a lingering aftertaste, leaving your palate refreshed.
Thelema Sutherland Sauvignon Blanc – 2015 R150.00 Stellenbosch
Juicy melon and mineral flavours. The wine is fragrant and fruity with a dry finish
Nederburg – The Young Airhawk – 2012 R275.00 Paarl
[Wooded] Layers of green figs, asparagus and minerality, very well integrated with wood. The palate is fresh, crisp and zesty with a creamy texture.
Zonnebloem Sauvignon Blanc – 2015 R115.00 Stellenbosch
Delightfully fresh with delicious mix of crisp green and tropical fruit flavours.
Ataraxia Chardonnay – 2012 R435.00 Hermanus
A chiselled, focussed wine that effortlessly manages to be both subtle and intense. The palate is penetrating and profound yet graceful and poised. A forceful mineral acidity is beautifully balanced by a subtle yet compelling intensity of fruit.
Hartenberg Chardonnay – 2013 R205.00 Stellenbosch
Fermented “sur lie” gives this wine lovely creamy tones balanced out with refreshing citrus notes. Full flavoured, yet elegant.
Neethlingshof Unwooded Chardonnay – 2014 R125.00 Stellenbosch
Fresh, vibrant with rich layers of fruit and a crisp and lingering aftertaste.
Springfield Wild Yeast Chardonnay – 2014 R260.00 Robertson
Unwooded, fermented with native yeast present in the vineyard, abounds with flavours of pineapple and pear drops. Deliciously complex in style!
Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Chardonnay – 2014 R225.00 Durbanville
Zesty citrus, peach, dried apricots backed by cedar, wood spice and almonds.
Full-bodied, creamy and elegant on the palette, with hints of orange.
Strandveld Adamastor – 2013 R325.00 Elim
Full and creamy on the palate, with a combination of toasted oak flavours and a dry minerality on the aftertaste.
Post House Blueish White – 2014 R120.00 Somerset West
Elegant and finely crafted blend of Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc giving a fruity, upfront wine. Full and intense, but refreshing mouth-feel.
Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer – 2014 R185.00 Walker Bay
Riesling-led blend offers near perfect fruit, predominantly mango, apricot and a hint of vanilla. Beautifully balanced. We think it’s great value.
The Winecellar Midlands White – 2012 R90.00 Western Cape
Sarah Adam from our local Winecellar in Rosetta makes the pilgrimage to the Cape each
year where she sources grapes and produces her own refreshing and easy drinking white.Tin peaches on the nose, tropical fruit on the palette with roundness from 2 weeks woodchips in tank.
Paul Cluver Dry Encounter Riesling – 2014 R195.00 Elgin
Crisp and clean – great interplay between residual sugar and acidity. The mineral core, linked to shale rich soils, astounds, giving structure and the lingering aftertaste. Perfect hot weather wine – very refreshing.
Paul Cluver Close Encounter Riesling – 2014 R195.00 Elgin
Made in a more luscious style with an alcohol under 9%. Juicy pineapple and lime aromas are complemented with hints of jasmine and honeysuckle.
Waterford Rosé-Mary – 2014 R180.00 Stellenbosch
One can ‘sense’ the love in this rose’. Well integrated acid leads to an elegantly tangy textured mouth-feel, with a characteristic dry finish and low alcohol content.
Grangehurst Cape Rosé Blend – 2014 R130.00 Stellenbosch
A dry rosé blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Merlot, Chenin Blanc and Shiraz. Refreshing, easy drinking wine with some tannin to reflect a slight red wine character.
Allesverloren Tinta Barocca Rosé – 2015 R100.00 Swartland
Fresh taste of raspberries and cherries with a hint of vanilla. Exhibiting a perfect sugar/acid balance, it has an alluringly lingering aftertaste.
Three Peaks Jean Pierre’s Lunch Time Rosé – 2015 R90.00 Paarl
Inspired by the memories of a long, lazy summer lunch, Jean Pierre lives on in this true-to-character provincial style Rosé. Easy going, with delightful passion fruit flavours upfront, yet crisp and dry on the finish.
Martin Meinert Merlot – 2012 R240.0 Devon Valley
A bold wine with a warm round middle and a firm crisp finish. Lighter than a cab, goes well with a variety of foods.
De Grendel Merlot – 2014 R235.00 Durbanville
Full-bodied, filled with complex Christmas cake flavours. Mulberry, raspberry and blackberry fruit accompanied by liquorice and mocha flavours carry through on the palate. Well supported by firm French oak tannins.
Durbanville Hills Merlot – 2014 R135.00 Durbanville
Medium bodied and fruity with ripe berry character and dark chocolate nuances.
The Winery of Good Hope Pinot Noir – 2012 R290.00 Stellenbosch
Fragrant, and bright with wonderful succulence and expressive fruitiness. The successful combination of its earthy, mineral and red berry characters make for a really lovely drinking Pinot.
Newton Johnson Windansea Pinot Noir – 2013 R365.00 Elgin
Pure on the palate, this is all about clean, tight, glossy ripe fruit, but then structure comes through, the ripeness of the fruit making for an elegant composition. Fresh, but powerful in the finish.
Grangehurst Pinotage – 2006 R330.00 Stellenbosch
An earthy, savoury complexity; a full-bodied, robust red wine with ripe tannins and a long, spicy finish.
Morkel Pinotage – 2012 R205.00 Stellenbosch
Full-bodied with blackberry and ripe plum aromas – mouth filling hints of chocolate and vanilla on the finish. Elegant and gentle tannins.
Earthbound Organic Pinotage – 2013 R120.00 Darling
Juicy with concentrated red fruits and traces of smoke and excellent integration between fruit and wood with a lingering aftertaste.
Stellenzicht Golden Triangle Pinotage – 2011 R210.00 Stellenbosch
Nicely aged now. Rich, succulent and velvety, the ripe red fruit characters are perfectly balanced by firm acidity and integrated tannin structure.
Joubert-Tradauw R62 Cabernet Sauvignon – 2008 R280.00 Tradouw Valley
The nose is dark and musty, marked by freshly laid tar, bitter herbs, almonds and under-ripe blackberries. On the palate, some nice fruits and more herbs show through.
Warwick The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon – 2014 R170.00 Stellenbosch
The bouquet reveals red berries, black currants, and pleasant herbal characters. Smooth, ripe, round tannins make it easy to drink while still retaining good structure.
Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon – 2011 R425.00 Stellenbosch
Complex and stylish. This wine is bone dry, yet exhibits a lovely sweet fruit character on the palate, with a lovely long finish.
Springfield Whole Berry Cabernet Sauvignon – 2014 R295.00 Robertson
A velvety wine with softer tannins and classical varietal characteristics. This traditional wine is unfiltered and unfined, which may deposit sediment and might require decanting.
Jacobsdal Cabernet Sauvignon – 2013 R220.00 Stellenbosch
Rich and full bodied with plum, blackberries, dark chocolate and oak flavours. This has good cabernet tannins.
Du Toitskloof Nebbiolo – 2013 R180.00 Western Cape
This deep coloured, full flavoured, tangy wine erupts with seductively scented bouquet of violets.
Mount Vernon Malbec – 2012 R355.00 Paarl
Rich, deep mouth with developing flavours as promised on the nose. Lively tannins but with a smooth texture. Good balance. Flavours develop in the glass. Gives impression of overall softness yet has good firm finish.
Kevin Arnold Shiraz – 2010 R430.00 Stellenbosch
Seamless and full bodied, One of our favourites for special occasions. Classic dry tannins countering the voluptuous nature of a Stellenbosch Shiraz.
Lomond Syrah – 2012 R195.00 Cape Agulhas
Full-bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel and abundant flavours of red fruit and a lingering, spicy finish.
Tamboerskloof Syrah – 2011 R295.00 Stellenbosch
Rich full entry on the palate with heaps of berry fruit flavours. Good complexity and integration of all flavours allowing fine elegant tannins to round off the wine.
Karusa Terre Noire Syrah – 2012 R245.00 Klein Karoo
Dark and intensely structured, ripe blackcurrant, sweet tobacco, leathery prune flavours. Full bodied, with a long finish.
Saronsberg Provenance Shiraz – 2013 R205.00 Tulbagh
The soft textured tannins, full-bodied mouth-feel and silken finish lends itself as a platform to heady mix of red berry and black fruit flavours combined with floral notes and fynbos nuances.
Hartenberg Shiraz – 2013 R290.00 Stellenbosch
Saturated deep black-red colour with elegant aromas of spices, violets and berries. The palate is rich and silky with soft ripe tannins that give structure.
Rustenberg John X Merriman – 2012 R340.00 Stellenbosch
Plum and cigar-box aromatics prelude a multi-layered palate with an elegant tannin structure. This Bordeaux blend typifies Rustenberg terroir.
Grangehurst Nikela – 2006 R420.00 Stellenbosch
The investment in age makes this wine stand apart. Ripe red berry fruit, slightly nutty and smoky aromas and flavours; a full-bodied wine with ripe tannins and lingering finish.
Post House Blueish Black – 2014 R125.00 Somerset West
A nose of mulberries, red currant and ripe strawberries with a hint of pepper and spice. Full bodied, rich wine with supple soft tannins for easy drinking.
Thelema Mountain Red – 2013 R140.00 Stellenbosch
Spicy aromas of black pepper and mulberry mingle with the plum flavours of this soft and approachable wine. Elegant and full bodied.
Nederburg The Motorcycle Marvel – 2011 R310.00 Paarl
A rich and intense, full-bodied explosion of flavour with ripe, silky tannins and excellent integration between fruit and wood.
Saronsberg Provenance Rooi – 2012 R250.00 Tulbach
Dark in colour with flavours of cassis, red berry and integrated oak. The tannins are firm and well balanced with a full-bodied elegant finish.
Hermanuspietersfontein Kleinboet – 2012 R285.00 Walker Bay
A five-varietal Bordeaux-style wine with balanced fruit and oak. Generous length, rounded tannins, medium body, distinct intensity, dry finish and harmonious balance.
Morkel Tumara – 2007 R315.00 Stellenbosch
Packed with rich, ripe dark fruit that is beautifully balanced with sumptuous oak and velvety soft tannins. Dry and savoury.
Le Bonheur Prima – 2008 R245.00 Stellenbosch
Soft, velvety and well rounded with plum and cherry fruit integrated with oak.
Stellenzicht Red ESCape – 2013 R105.00 Stellenbosch
Succulent and fruity with flavours reminiscent of sun-kissed mulberries and other ripe red fruit offset by a delicious truffle-like earthiness, very food-friendly.
The Wine Cellar Midlands Red R81.00 Western Cape
Sarah Adam from our local Wine Cellar in Rosetta makes the pilgrimage to the Cape each year where she sources grapes and produces her own easy and enjoyable red blend. Never lets us down. Soft juicy tannin in un-wooded red, blackcurrants, mulberries and plums.
SEMI-SWEET AND DESSERT WINES
Cedarberg Bukettraube – 2015 R160.00 Cederberg
An explosion of aroma and flavour. Prominent Muscat flavours with apricot and floral notes on the nose. A well balanced wine with a delicate sweetness and a crisp acidity.
Orange River Nouveau Blanc Natural Sweet – 2015 R81.00 Northern Cape
Lively and fresh, with similar flavours making the transition. Sweet but crisp and dry on the finish.
Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest – 2012 R210.00 Stellenbosch
Attractive aromas of raisins and marmalade with typical dusty botrytis in the background. On the palate it shows dried apricot and peaches with a well-balanced acidity and the perfect aftertaste.
Waterford Heatherleigh Family Reserve R265.00 Stellenbosch
Complex flavour profile with a distinct elegance and a drier finish than most sweet wines. Great mouth-feel when served well chilled.
SOUTH AFRICAN ‘BUBBLY’ – CAP CLASSIQUES
Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut R345.00 Elgin
On the palate, the expansive mousse is both creamy and mineral. Keenly balanced with a long finish of citrus fruits, toasty brioche notes and a touch of white button mushroom.
Pongrácz Brut R245.00 Stellenbosch
Delicate yeasty tones, layered with toast and ripe fruit are enlivened by a firm mousse and persistent bead that make it particularly attractive.
Miss Molly Bubbly R185.00 Franschhoek
A beautiful fine mousse perfectly complements its fruity freshness. Citrus and yeasty aromas carry through to the palate, making for a refreshing finish.
Karusa Pinot Noir Rosé R260.00 Klein Karoo
Fresh red berry fruit of strawberries, frambois and light leesy flavours. Aromatic complexities, a fresh mousse and full middle palate makes this wine everlasting on the aftertaste.
Tulbagh Non-Alcoholic R100.00 Tulbagh
An alcohol free sweet sparkling wine, bubbly enough for any occasion.
FRENCH WINE AND CHAMPAGNE
Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine Juliette Avril – 2012 R735.00
Chablis – 2012 R495.00
Pol Roger R1125.00
An impressively rich, dry style from one of the oldest and most distinguished Champagne houses. Perfect both as an occasion wine or for impromptu celebrations