The Best White Wines from South Africa

South Africa’s spectacular vineyards sweep along the southern cusp of the continent, where craggy mountains greet tempestuous oceans. Originating from the Loire Valley in France, Chenin Blanc has found a new home in South Africa and is the most planted grape variety. From dry to sweet and even sparkling styles, Chenin Blanc dazzles with enticing floral notes of lemon verbena and jasmine followed by baked apple and quince on the palate. Top-notch Sauvignon Blancs from South Africa are some of the best valued, revealing real crunch and liveliness. South Africa’s coastal regions are decidedly well suited for Chardonnay. Here is Falstaff’s selection of the best.
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2020 Steytler 1947
Kaapzicht Wine Estate
South Africa
Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Chenin Blanc
13,3%
Steytler 1947 White Wine
97
2019 Huilkrans
Alheit Vineyards
South Africa
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Chenin Blanc
13,9%
Huilkrans White Wine
97
2018 Ava Marie
Restless River Wines
South Africa
Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
13%
Ava Marie White Wine
97
2020 Reyneke Reserve White
Reyneke Wines
South Africa
Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Sauvignon Blanc
12,5%
Reyneke Reserve White White Wine
96
2019 Sadie Palladius
The Sadie Family
South Africa
Swartland,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
13,5%
Sadie Palladius White Wine
96
2019 Optenhorst
Bosman Family Vineyards
South Africa
Pair,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Chenin Blanc
12,2%
Optenhorst White Wine
96
2017 Clos du Ciel
Longridge Estate
South Africa
Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Chardonnay
13%
Clos du Ciel White Wine
96
2017 Reserve White
Reyneke Wines
South Africa
Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Sauvignon Blanc
12%
€€€
Reserve White White Wine
96
2019 Eden High Density Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc Polkadraai
Raats Family Wines
South Africa
Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Chenin Blanc
13%
Eden High Density Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc Polkadraai White Wine
95
2016 Sadie Palladius
The Sadie Family
South Africa
Swartland,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
13,7%
Sadie Palladius White Wine
95
2021 Iona Monopole Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc
Iona Vineyards
South Africa
Elgin,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Sauvignon Blanc
13%
Iona Monopole Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc White Wine
94
2021 Reyneke Biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc
Reyneke Wines
South Africa
Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Sauvignon Blanc
13,5%
Reyneke Biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc White Wine
94
2020 Thorne & Daughters Snakes & Ladders Sauvignon Blanc
Thorne & Daughters Wines
South Africa
Citrusdal Mountain,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Sauvignon Blanc
13,5%
Thorne & Daughters Snakes & Ladders Sauvignon Blanc White Wine
94
2019 DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc Reserve Stellenbosch
De Morgenzon
South Africa
Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Chenin Blanc
14%
€€€
DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc Reserve Stellenbosch White Wine
94
2019 Stellenbosch Chardonnay
Leeu Passant Wines
South Africa
Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Chardonnay
14%
Stellenbosch Chardonnay White Wine
94
2018 Restless River Wanderlust Sauvignon Blanc
Restless River Wines
South Africa
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Sauvignon Blanc
13,5%
Restless River Wanderlust Sauvignon Blanc White Wine
94
2018 Chenin Blanc Reserve
De Morgenzon
South Africa
Stellenbosch,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Chenin Blanc
14,5%
€€€
Chenin Blanc Reserve White Wine
94
2014 Chardonnay
Hamilton Russell Vineyards
South Africa
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Chardonnay
13%
€€€
Chardonnay White Wine
94
2011 Chardonnay
Hamilton Russell Vineyards
South Africa
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
Chardonnay
13%
€€€
Chardonnay White Wine
94
2008 Palladius
The Sadie Family
South Africa
Swartland,  Western Cape,  South Africa
White Wine
14%
€€€
Palladius White Wine
94