OUR WINELIST

OUR WINE LIST
34 South’s extensive wine list offers a range of wines and Champagne to cater for all tastes. From flinty Sauvignon Blancs and fruity Chenins, award winning Cabernets, Shirazes and Merlots to some of the finest Champagnes available.
From flinty Sauvignon Blancs and fruity Chenins, award winning Cabernets, Shirazes and Merlots to some of the finest Champagnes available, at 34 South you’re bound to find a wine to tickle your palate.
From fresh-from-the-ocean oysters to delicate sushi, smorrebrod to crunchy salads, pasta and curries to hearty meat dishes, let our Pairing Food and Wine Guide enhance the enjoyment of your meal.
These fine wines are the BEST that we’ve tasted, that are currently available. Sublime, elegant, structured and above all, wines with ATTITUDE. These winners below all scored 8 to 9 out of 10 - truly great examples of the winemaker’s art. We LOVED them and hope YOU will too.
23 years ago – a year after 34 South opened on the Knysna Waterfront as a partnership between Charles van Tonder and Leslie Pieters, Charles asked PeeBee (Peter Bishop, a Mathematics teacher and Sports coach) to procure some old wines to sell and to advise on selections. Some great collections were sold and people came back each year looking for their birthday year wine or “What’s new?” We started a popular PeeBee’s Top Ten that made searching easier, and the big selling point was the story as narrated or as hand-written on cards. In that way, each customer was a winner – he had something he could brag about – and why not. PeeBee’s interest in wine started in 1975 by BeeJay Lankwarden – a man of great kindness and aplomb. He has written on wine for Wynboer and for the CXPress and, now resident in Cape Town still attends top tastings to keep informed. PeeBee, Charles and Keith (Davis) – the Manager of 34 South – taste wines periodically in order to create a “A Rare and Fine Wine” Selection more specifically aimed at the tourist who wishes to be exposed to a higher level of wine than on ordinary lists. PeeBee looks at the structure, the memory, the length of the wine. Charles makes no apology for his role: “I taste it, I like it. It is much more than “eminently drinkable!” now, at the table, or at home. Keith, who deals directly with the Fine Wine lover focuses on the finish in so far as the wine matches the dishes at 34 South.

THE 34 SOUTH WINE PANEL

RARE & FINE WINES - OUR FAVOURITES

These fine wines are the BEST that we’ve tasted, that are currently available. Sublime, elegant, structured and above all, wines with ATTITUDE. Conventional wine tastings use the 100 point system which is “VERY COMPLICATED”. At our LATITUDE, Keith, PeeBee and I focussed on TASTE only - after all, that’s the bottom line. These winners below all scored 8 to 9 out of 10 - truly great examples of the winemaker’s art. We LOVED them and hope YOU will too.
Ernie Els Proprietor Blend 2016 395 This wine is big and bold - purportedly a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend with a Helderberg touch - a dollop of full ripe Shiraz to build up the mouthfeel. By using French and American oak one gets the dichotomy of serious complexity and welcome full taste. Grangehurst Nikela 2007 445 24% Pinotage with the same amount of Shiraz, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8 % Merlot fermented separately in barrels for 28 months and only released a decade later. Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 465 Beautifully toned, with the lead pencil and blackcurrant feel in the mouth that one associates with a top Cabernet Sauvignon. The great vintage of 2015 adds to the perfection. Grace, charm and no severity. Tokara Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 495 Dark red, blackberries, hard spices, cedar - all those flavours that glorified the Cabernets of the 70’s. Texture and beautifully ripe tannins. Waterford Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 495 This wine is only 94% Cabernet Sauvignon with touches of Petit Verdot Cab Franc and Merlot. From Helderberg soils and limiting new oak barrels to 26% with 18 months in oak. Newton Johnson Pinot Noir 2017/18 625 The reliance in this wine is the easy fruit enjoyed in the heat of summer. Pinot Noir are ultra-sensitive to site, hence the nuances they yield. Rust en Vrede Estate 2016 675 Area Cape Blend Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. 9% Merlot is added to give width. Malolactic fermentation occurs in the barrels softening the acids and allowing for the famed complexity. Hamilton Russel Pinot Noir 2017 685 The perfume, the plum, the pomegranate all show the closeness to nature. British Master of Wine Greg Sherwood scores the wine 95+ rating it as going 20 years. Cedarberg 5 Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 835 Only 3000 bottles are produced mostly for the winemakers Guild. Blackcurrent, cassis, cherry, tobacco - a symphony of tastes. Great to experience ripe tannins, rich fruit, tightness. 18 months in new French oak.

RARE & FINE WINES - OUR FAVOURITES

RARE & FINE WINES - OUR FAVOURITES

WHITE WINES AND ROSÉ
RED WINES
Harry Hartman “Church” Chenin Blanc 2020 445 105 100% whole bunch pressed grapes, matured 11 months in 100% French oak barrels. Tropical aromas like kiwi and guava, a tangy acidity and pronounced intensity. Whispering Angel “Cotes de Provence” Rosé 2020 525 125 Made from Grenache, Cinsault and Vermentino, its pale colour and rewarding taste profile is full and lush while being bone dry with a smooth finish. Premium Rosé that you can drink from midday to midnight.
Springfield Work of Time 2015 285 68 A Bordeaux blend of great beauty. Cabernet Franc is the dominant varietal with Cab Sauvignon, Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot. Visit Springfield - a unique era a different way of thinking. Newton Johnson Full Stop Rock 2019 295 70 This vintage confirms how irresistable cool-climate Syrah-dominated blends can be in showing that gorgeous mix with Grenache and Mouvedre. Punchy in its attitude, while sophisticated in flair. Cederberg Shiraz 2015 345 82 Savoury, hearty and robust, this gloriously rich and concentrated South African Shiraz shows just how magnificently the country handles this varietal. Grangehurst Pinotage 2008 365 87 24% Pinotage with the same amount Shiraz, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot fermented separately in barrels for 28 months and only released a decade later. Vriesenhof Pinotage 2009 365 87 The best Pinotage that Jan Boland Coetzee has produced The cherry, the mild pepper, the chew tobacco, the harmony. A great discovery. La Motte “Pierneef” Syrah 2015 425 101 94% Syrah and 6% Viognier, matured in barrels for 14 months, plus another 4 after blending. Tight, concentrated tannins combined with spicy, intense flavours to produce a wine full of complexity. Vriesenhof Kallista 2017 445 106 A classic Bordeaux blend driven by Cabernet Franc, the 2017 is different from previous vintages to focus toward drinkability at a younger age, to make it accessible to those who are disinclined to storing wines for extended periods. Grangehurst Nikela 2007 445 105 24% Pinotage with the same amount of Shiraz, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8 % Merlot fermented separately in barrels for 28 months and only released a decade later. Waterford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 495 118 This wine is only 94% Cabernet Sauvignon with touches of Petit Verdot Cab Franc and Merlot. From Helderberg soils and limiting new oak barrels to 26% with 18 months in oak. De Grendel Rubaiyat 2016 545 130 The farm’s flagship red of 62% Petit Verdot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and dollops of 4% Merlot and 4% Malbec. Full bodied and dense, aged in French oak barrels for 18 months and great potential for a graceful long term evolution.
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RARE & FINE WINES - OUR FAVOURITES

Newton Johnson Pinot Noir 2018 625 148 The reliance in this wine is the easy fruit enjoyed in the heat of summer. Pinot Noir are ultra-sensitive to site, hence the nuances they yield. The High Road Classique 2017 785 186 The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec grapes for this blend were sourced from low yielding trellised vineyards in Stellenbosch. These vines contribute to increased concentration of flavour in the wine. The High Road Directors Reserve 2017 785 186 This is not your everyday wine. From the moment you pick up the bottle and pull the cork, it announces itself with a dominant presence. Cabernet Sauvignon led, Bordeaux-style blend. Expressive, intense and multi-dimensional. Cedarberg 5 Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 835 199 Only 3000 bottles are produced mostly for the winemakers Guild. Blackcurrent, cassis, cherry, tobacco - a symphony of tastes. Great to experience ripe tannins, rich fruit, tightness. 18 months in new French oak. Bouchard Finlayson Pinot Noir 2015 865 205 2015 was cited as a vintage of “pure luxury”, this vintage is medium dark with black-red colour. It reveals and explosive nose of red fruits, whilst the palate projects cranberry and plum. Trophy wining quality, with considerable aging potential.
Detailed tasting notes and the full Rare & Fine collection can be found in our wine shop.

FINE & RARE WINE TASTING - R70

Indulge in a tasting of four fine and rare wines - Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux Blend, Cape Blend and Pinot Noir to entice and enhance your gastronomic experience and understand exactly why these are indeed Fine and Rare and belong in your collection too.

WINES BY THE GLASS

Lookout White 37 Lookout Semi Sweet 37 Lookout Rosé 37 Lookout Red 37 Chardonnay Pinot Noir 40 Sauvignon Blanc 40 Chardonnay 40 Chenin Blanc 40 Cabernet Sauvignon 45 Pinotage 45 Merlot 45 Shiraz 45 Cabernet/ Merlot Blend 45
LEOPARD’S LEAP
WHITE
RED
Three Peaks Sauvignon Blanc 38 Cape Portrait White 42 Van Loveren Sauvignon Blanc 42 Van Loveren Daydream Chardonnay/pinot Noir 45 Pierre Jordaan Tranquille 45 Buitenverwachting Buiten Banc 45 Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 48 Durbanville Hills Chardonnay 48 Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc 52 Guardian Peak Chenin 55 Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 58 Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve Chardonnay 58 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc 58 Mullineux Kloof Street Chenin 60 De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 62 Quoin Rock Namysto Sauvignon Blanc 70 Waterford Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 75 Knorhoek Chenin Blanc 98
Cape Portrait Red 42 Van Loveren River Red 43 Van Loveren Merlot 45 Van Loveren African Java Pinotage 45 Guardian Peak Shiraz 55 La Motte Millenium 65 Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve Merlot 70 Quoin Rock Namysto 92 De Grendel Shiraz 115
ROSÉ
Nederburg Rosé 48 De Grendel Rosé 50 Waterford Estate Rose-Mary 65 Quoin Rock Namysta Rosé 70
MCC/SPARKLING
Cinzano Pro Spritz 55 Leopard’s Leap Sparkling Cuvee Brut 55 Leopard’s Leap Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Sparkling 55 Andiamo Spritz 60 Graham Beck Brut NV 103 Graham Beck Brut Rosé 103

CHAMPAGNE

MOËT & CHANDON NV 750ml 895 375ml 550 VEUVE CLIQUOT 1250 MOËT & CHANDON ROSÉ 1100 DOM PERIGNON 5250
There’s no denying that a glass of something sparkling is one of the best ways to celebrate any special occasion. You probably call it Champagne to keep things simple, but is what’s in your glass really MCC? Or is it sparkling wine?
MCC Méthode Cap Classique is the “South African version” of Champagne. It’s made using the same process as French Champagne - it just can’t carry the same name. The quality of South African MCC is often referred to as being on par with French Champagne, at a much more affordable price. Of course, the most important thing is that it’s all delicious - so cheers to that.
SPARKLING WINE Sparkling wine starts off as a still wine - it’s made in exactly the same way as that glass of Chardonnay you love to sip after a long day at the office and the addition of carbon dioxide makes it fizzy. Sparkling wine is normally more affordable than MCC or Champagne, as it doesn’t take as much time to produce the bubbles.
CHAMPAGNE Champagne, of course, can only be called Champagne if it’s made using grapes grown in the Champagne region France. It’s made using a second bout of fermentation (after the grape juice has turned into wine) inside the bottle. This causes the fizz to occur naturally and no additional carbon dioxide needs to be added.
METHODÈ CAP CLASSIQUE
DURBANVILLE HILLS SPARKLING 255 DURBANVILLE HILLS SPARKLING ROSÉ 255 SIMONSIG KAAPSE VONKEL BRUT ROSÉ 425 SIMONSIG KAAPSE VONKEL BRUT 425 PONGRÁCZ BRUT 435 Pongracz BRUT RosÉ 435 GRAHAM BECK BRUT NV 515 GRAHAM BECK BRUT ROSÉ NV 515 KNORHOEK 2015 595 QUOIN ROCK 2014 1145
FRENCH CHAMPAGNE
PROSECCO - SPUMANTE - SPRITZ
Leopards Leap Sparkling 260 Leopards Leap Sparkling Cuvee Brut 265 CINZANO PRO SPRITZ 265 ANDIAMO SPRITZ 295 MILLESIMATO BRUT 415

SAUVIGNON BLANC

THREE PEAKS 2020 155 LEOPARDS LEAP 160 Van Loveren 175 DURBANVILLE HILLS 205 DIEMERSDAL 215 FIRST SIGHTING 230 IONA SOPHIE 235 WARWICK 1ST LADY 240 LA MOTTE 245 DE GRENDEL 260 THELEMA 265 QUOIN ROCK NAMYSTO 295 CEDERBERG 310 WATERFORD ELGIN 310 STEENBERG 365 DELAIRE GRAFF COASTAL CUVEE 385
WHY SAUVIGNON BLANC?
Originating in Sancerre (France) Sauvignon Blanc survives market swings. It is the ideal wine for a warm summer’s day where its ‘lime and apple’ acids (citric and malic) create the saliva that we want to enjoy our chosen dishes. Generally there is a mild run of pyrazines (green pepper) that weld the other nuances that vary from asparagus, gooseberry, fig, peach, pineapple, lime according to the disposition of the winemaker. Fortunately in the Cape, the different regions have their own identification, making the wine most interesting albeit bone dry.
WOODED
Durbanville Hills 195 DURBANVILLE HILLS COLLECTORS RESERVE 245 Tokara 275 De Wetshof FINESSE 360 Mt Vernon 375 Quoin Rock 2018/2019 755
UNWOODED
Leopards Leap 160 Diemersdal 215 HAUTE CABRIERE 225 .
CHARDONNAY
What is the difference between wooded and unwooded Chardonnay?
Quite simply, unwooded Chardonay or “unoaked” is wine that has never seen the inside of an oak barrel. Typically it will be wine that is fermented in a stainless steel tank as opposed to a wooden (oak) cask or barrel. The oak typically helps to balance the tannins, among other things, and gives wine that “full mouth” feel with lots of mid-palate tastes. Unoaked wines are great for people who claim to have an “allergy” to wine. it is he tannins that people typically react to, and those come from both the skins and stems of the grapes, but also from the oak barrels. If you don’t “oak” a wine, then you have a lower tannin level which should make the wine bearable to drink for the afore- mentioned crowd.

CHENIN BLANC

NIEL JOUBERT 150 SIMONSIG 185 FLEUR DU CAP 210 MARRAS PIEKENIERSKLOOF 215 GUARDIAN PEAK 230 MULLINEUX KLOOF STREET 255 KNORHOEK 2019 425
LEOPARD’S LEAP LOOKOUT WHITE 155 LEOPARD’S LEAP CHARDONNAY PINOT NOIR 160 PIERRE JOURDAN TRANQUILLE 175 CAPE PORTRAIT WHITE 175 VAN LOVEREN DAYDREAM CHARDONNAY/PINOT NOIR 190 BUITENVERWACHTING BUITEN BLANC 190 HAUTE CABRIERE CHARDONNAY/PINOT NOIR 250

WHITE BLENDS

SEMI SWEET/LATE HARVEST

DROSDTY HOF ADELPRACHT 115 LEOPARD’S LEAP LOOKOUT CHENIN SEMI-SWEET 155

ROSÉ

LEOPARD’S LEAP LOOKOUT 155 NEDERBURG 205 CEDERBERG 210 DE GRENDEL 210 HAUTE CABRIERE 225 WATERFORD ESTATE ROSE-MARY 265 QUOIN ROCK NAMYSTO 295
LEOPARD’S LEAP 185 NEDERBURG WINEMASTERS 255 KNORHOEK 2018 595

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

PINOTAGE

LEOPARD’S LEAP 185 VAN LOVEREN AFRICAN JAVA 190 WARWICK 1ST LADY 265

SHIRAZ

LEOPARD’S LEAP 185 GUARDIAN PEAK 230 ZONNEBLOEM 260 SARONSBERG PROVENANCE 285 DE GRENDEL 475 QUOIN ROCK 2016 1100
NEDERBURG 56 HUNDRED 160 LEOPARD’S LEAP 185 VAN LOVEREN 190 DURBANVILLE HILLS COLLECTORS RESERVE LIGHT HOUSE 285

MERLOT

PINOT NOIR

HAUTE CABRIERE UNWOODED 275
PICKING A PINOT NOIR Pinot Noir is sweeter than its Cabernet Sauvignon cousin, holding much less tannin and with scent upon scent gently perfuming it. The wine is fairly light in colour as a result of the grapes’ thinner skins. It will age well for some time, but a good wine may also be enjoyed young. In its more youthful stages, Pinot Noir contains juicy, decadent fruit, particularly berries. As it ages, it tastes more of vegetation, though fruit remains throughout.
VAN LOVEREN RIVER RED 145 LEOPARD’S LEAP LOOKOUT RED 155 CAPE PORTRAIT RED 175 LEOPARD’S LEAP CAB/MERLOT 185 SIMONSIG CAB/SHIRAZ 185 MARRAS TRICKSTER CINSAULT 210 MARRAS PIEKENIERSKLOOF GRENACHE 245 LA MOTTE MILLENIUM 265 nederburg DOUBLE BARREL RESERVE 285 HAUTE CABRIERE ARNIM FAMILY RESERVE 375 QUOIN ROCK NAMYSTO 385 RUPERT & ROTHSCHILD CLASSIQUE 475 QUOIN ROCK RED 2016 1100

RED BLENDS

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