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Erica Majestic Wine Stirling South AfricaErica, Manager of Majestic Wine Stirling, shows the great diversity of South African wines at Majestic…

Growing up with a South African Father I am accustomed to Breakfasts of ‘Mealie Pap’ and evenings spent surrounding a fire with a helping of Boererwors or ‘Bok’. At the time my parents drank French wine… due to the lack of interesting offerings from SA.

Over the last 2 decades South Africa has gone through many different highs, lows and transitions, not least in its wine production. I have noticed a significant increase in the number of new wines being added to our South African range, and so I thought I would take you through some of them.

Bellingham South African WineBellingham is definitely within my top 5 producers. Their Chenin Blanc is brimming with character, fresh citrus and tropical fruit flavours with a finish of pure honeysuckle, evoking memories of sundowners on the sandy beach at Camps Bay. The Bush Vine Pinotage by Bellingham is a relatively new addition to Majestic, a deep plum colour with rich, ripe, dark fruit flavours and a hint of truffle, the sensual flavours of this pinotage lend itself perfectly to Venison, cooked to perfection on the Braai.

For you Chardonnay fans you can’t go wrong with the Eikendal, not new to us but oh so fantastic… citrus, vanilla and toasty oak. Partner with a hearty fish pie.

Rustenberg Harvest South Africa WineThe Rustenberg Winery sits at the heart of Stellenbosch, surrounded by old Cape Dutch tradition their extensive range of wines really showcase the diversity of the region. The Sauvignon Blanc is a real classic, brimming with intense gooseberry, green pepper and asparagus flavours, and there is also a slight undertone of passion fruit. The John X Merriman is a showstopper in their range, bursting with black fruit, spice and cigar box aromas it follows onto the palate with hints of mint, subtle oak and rich cassis; the perfect match to any Potjiekos!

DMZ Vineyard Demorgenzon South AfricaFinally the newest addition, DMZ Syrah, produced by De Morgenzon. Rich plum and berry fruits rounded off with a hint of vanilla and spice. Simply sit back and enjoy the DMZ whilst the sun sets…

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  • Paul Brock

    Erica,
    Last year, I had the great pleasure to visit SA and the Cape Winelands, tasting wines from Constantia, Franschhoek and Hermanus regions. Majestic really need to extend their range to include some of these wines, particularly from Franschhoek – a place I can only describe as heaven on earth! I’m sure you are familiar with these great wine producers, La Petite Ferme, La Motte, Haute Cabriere, Boekenhoutskloof… I could go on! Suffice to say, SA wines are now most definitely amongst my favourites.
    Cheers, Paul

    • William James

      Hi Paul

      Thanks for your comments. At Majestic we are always looking to add new wines and diversify our range, but as you know there so many great wines out there we’re struggling to stock them all!
      You can get in touch with Erica on twitter @majesticstirl or email sti@majestic.co.uk

      Thanks, Will (Social Media chap)

  • Andy Lawrence

    2 years after the last posts, I had the pleasure of visiting South Africa last year, and was impressed with Rustenberg’s offerings, and I also like Thelema’s extensive range of wines, v. grateful to Majestic that I can get these easily in the UK, so I can continue to explore the best of South Africa at home.