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South African Wines

Who decided which countries are classed as New World and which as Old World when it comes to wine? It seems a little harsh that with a rich winemaking history dating back to the mid-1600s, South Africa is lumped into the former. We think it actually forms a bridge between the two... Not quite as in-your-face as wines from Australia, but much more approachable and easier to understand than those of France, South African wines run the gamut from the staunchly traditional to the fiercely modern.

Many are made in a French-style using similar blends to that of Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) or the Rhône (Shiraz and friends) for example. The great thing about these old school Saffers is that they often deliver much more for your money than their Gallic inspiration. South Africa's great white hope, Chenin Blanc, should, in our opinion, be the next big thing. The fact it hasn't had the success of Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio yet has helped to keep the price down. These underrated beauties are truly delicious though.

Then there are relatively new regions making elegant wines from cooler climate grape varieties like Riesling and Pinot Noir and The Cape is also a hotbed for vinous innovation; one of our favourite wines of last year was aged in barrels submerged underwater, for example.

The strength of the Rand and increasing production and shipping costs have caused South African wine prices to creep up fractionally in recent years, causing more competition from Europe. This has led to many large brands starting to ship in bulk and bottle their wines in the UK to keep prices down. However, Oddbins has chosen to support the South African wine industry, including their bottlers and boutique winemakers who can't produce the volumes required to do this, by sticking to wines bottled in South Africa.

Anyway, we'd better wrap this love letter to South Africa up before we embarrass ourselves, and let you crack on and dive in...

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  • Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine

    Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    £42.00

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  • Boer and Brit Field Marshall 2014 Red Wine South African

    Boer & Brit Field Marshall 2014

    £12.50

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  • Boer & Brit The General South African Red Wine 2014

    Boer & Brit The General 2014

    £12.50

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  • Footprint Merlot 2016 Red Wine

    Footprint 'The Long Walk' Merlot 2016

    £8.50

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  • Footprint Sauvignon Blanc 2016 White Wine

    Footprint 'The Long Walk' Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £8.50

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  • Lothian Chardonnay 2012 White Wine

    Lothian Chardonnay 2015

    £15.50

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  • Lothian Pinot Noir 2013

    Lothian Pinot Noir 2015

    £18.50

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  • Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Shiraz South African Wine

    Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Shiraz 2014

    £9.50

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  • Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2010

    Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2010

    £11.00

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  • Mullineux Kloof Street Rouge 2014 Red Wine

    Mullineux Kloof Street Rouge 2014

    £13.50

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  • Radford Dale Black Rock 2013

    Radford Dale Black Rock 2015

    £16.50

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  • Radford Dale Chardonnay South Africa

    Radford Dale Chardonnay 2016

    £16.50

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  • Radford Dale Freedom 2014

    Radford Dale Freedom 2014

    £22.00

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  • Radford Dale Gravity South Africa 2009

    Radford Dale Gravity 2009

    £22.00

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  • Southern Right Pinotage South African Red

    Southern Right Pinotage 2016

    £15.50

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  • The Chocolate Block 2015 Red Wine

    The Chocolate Block 2015

    £23.00

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  • The Milkwood Shiraz Viognier 2013 Red wine

    The Milkwood Shiraz Viognier 2014

    £7.75

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  • Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon

    Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    £12.00

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  • Vinum Chenin Blanc 2015

    Vinum Chenin Blanc 2015

    £12.00

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  • Wagon Valley Sauvignon Blanc Colombard White Wine

    Wagon Valley Sauvignon-Colombard 2015

    Now £6.75

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  • Wild Olive Chenin Blanc South African White Wine

    Wild Olive Chenin Blanc 2015

    £8.00

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