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You could almost smell the excitement at Mofo HQ as our first import from the Rainbow Nation rounded the Cape of Good Hope. It’s been a long time coming! The whites on display here represent the soul of South African winemaking. You’ve got the whole spectrum: from fresh and fun to textured and complex. There’s something for every occasion. Get amongst them, mofos!

Every case includes a bottle of each of the following wines:

White
Other White
South Africa

Metzer Family Chenin Blanc 2016
Hay
Peach
Yeasty
Medium-bodied
Fresh
Concentrated
Tim Atkin MW
Christian Eedes

55 year old chenin blanc vines aren’t a dime a dozen, especially when matched to the fabled Firgrove subregion in Stellenbosch. South Africans scramble for such a site, and Wade Metzer managed to secure this vineyard for his tiny family project. Picked on two dates to get the perfect balance of chenin’s acid and texture, it’s a delight. Wild fermentation and seasoned French oak enhance depth and character without distracting from its purity. All stone fruit, spice and just the right amount of rounded, biscuity complexity and a savoury element that takes to straight to the seaside - incidentally, where the vineyard’s planted. This is a wine that you can smash, particularly with a plate of soft cheeses or even a North African tagine with apricots - a bit of north meets south can’t be bad.

White
Chardonnay
South Africa

Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2017
Almond
Blossoms
Citrus
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated

This is an elemental wine. South Africa is defined by careful balance. Hot sun and cool coastal breezes, the changing of the seasons, passing of time. You can sense all this at work here. Fragrant tangerine and citrus blossom harmonise with rich vanilla pod and almond flakes. It’s fragrant as spring, ripe as summer, colourful as autumn and crisp as winter. The best thing, though, is its versatility. It’s absolutely perfect to take to dinner, particularly when you don’t know what’s on the menu. The fresh acid will pair beautifully with bright dishes, but there’s enough richness to sit well with heavier fare. Plus, a wine from a South African Chardonnay legend definitely makes a good talking point. Elemental, yes, and I daresay essential.

White
Other White
South Africa

Botanica Mary Delany Chenin Blanc 2016
Honey
Peach
Pear
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated
Tim Atkin MW
Platter's South African Wine Guide 2018
5 stars Platter's South African Wine Guide 2018

This label’s pretty cool, and takes ‘florals’ to next level. There’s no risk of distraction once the bottle is open, however. You’re immediately sucked into a vortex of ripe peach and pear, along with a honeyed richness, balanced by arresting acidity. Some barrel fermentation adds a touch of texture. It’s got some age, too, but there’s plenty of scope for more. It’s an immensely satisfying package. The art of Mary Delany, 18th century British collagist, was the inspiration for this range of Botanica wines. Delany was 72 when she created her beautiful images of nature. Botanica winemaker Ginny Povall was so struck by them, that she licensed the images for use as her labels. One stellar female creative inspiring another, generations apart. The bottle’s definitely a table-talker, and there’s every bit as much artistry on the inside.

White
Other White
South Africa

Stellenrust 53 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2017
Caramel
Creamy
Peach
Medium-bodied
Bright
Deep
South Africa's Best Wines Identified
International Wine Challenge
International Wine Challenge

This chenin made quite the impression at Mofo HQ. Exciting stuff for our maiden shipment from South Africa! Stellenrust are rightly proud of their 53 year old vines, whose grapes produce complex, concentrated flavours. Natural fermentation and nine months in French oak barrels creates all the richness you could expect. It’s a heady mix of pear, quince and bright tropical fruits, all over a balance of clean minerality and vanilla brioche. The real star is the acid, though, which cuts through the richness like a fresh breeze off the cape. Undoubtedly age-worthy, it’s a world-class wine. If this were the only South African wine I could ever drink, I’d think be ok with that.

White
Other White
South Africa

Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2018
Blossoms
Citrus
Peach
Light-bodied
Bright
Elegant
Winery of the Year, Platter's South African Wine Guide 2018
South African import

There’s a lot of joy to be had from a fruity, fresh wine. Sometimes we get so caught up in aging and oaking, pulling and poking that we forget the beauty in simplicity. It’s like this chenin exists purely to remind us. It’s a fruit salad of a wine. Look for yellow apple, kiwi, pineapple, green melon and lime - it’s all there. That classic crisp chenin acid is present too, keeping it all fresh and easy. It’s rounded off with a touch of lees work for texture. That’s all you need, right there. The winery gives it a few years of cellar potential, but I reckon that’s just so you don’t feel rushed. Enjoy it now, in your own time. This is fun wine.

White
Sauvignon Blanc
South Africa

Strandveld First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Citrus
Fresh Cut Grass
Lemon Zest
Light-bodied
Bright
Delicate

When arguably the best wine show in the world (17,000 worldwide entries) awards your savvy (with a smidge of semillon) 97 points, and one of only 149 platinum medals handed out, you’re bound to be pretty stoked. Winemaker Conrad Vlok describes this savvy as a wonderfully refreshing wine with a tropical and citrus nose, a full, crisp palate and typically expressive notes of buchu and minerality. Having no idea WTF ‘buchu’ was, I’ve Googled it for you: sounds like it’s kinda minty blackcurrant with a bit of grapefruit, followed by apricot and peach. Sounds pretty good in a savvy. Good enough that highly respected South African wine writer and judge, Christian Eedes, basically prostrated himself in front of the wine and said that the score given and the retail price must make it “the best value white wine in the world!” Take that, every other wine. But is it the best value white in the world? One way to find out. Let us know whether to have a sincere word with Christian or celebrate his discerning objectivity.

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