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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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  • Boer and Brit Field Marshall 2014 Red Wine

    Boer & Brit Field Marshall

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  • Boer & Brit The General South African Red Wine

    Boer & Brit The General

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  • Cape Chamonix Pinotage

    Cape Chamonix Pinotage

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  • De Bos Handpicked Merlot 2013

    De Bos Handpicked Merlot

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  • DE BOS WALKER BAY sauvignon blanc

    De Bos Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Granite Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot South African Red

    Granite Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

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  • Granite Ridge Chenin Blanc South African White

    Granite Ridge Chenin Blanc

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  • Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Shiraz South African Wine

    Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Shiraz

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  • Kloof Street Red Wine South Africa

    Mullineux Kloof Street Rouge

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  • Otter's Claw Sauvignon Blanc White wine

    Otter's Claw Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Porter Mill Chenin Blanc

    Porter Mill Station Chenin Blanc

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  • Porter Mill Pinotage

    Porter Mill Station Pinotage

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  • Radford Dale Black Rock South African Red Wine

    Radford Dale Black Rock

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  • Radford Dale Chardonnay South Africa

    Radford Dale Chardonnay

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  • Southern Right Pinotage South African Red

    Southern Right Pinotage

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  • Table Mountain Chenin Blanc 2013 South African Wine

    Table Mountain Chenin Blanc

    £6.75

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  • The Chocolate Block Magnum Red Wine

    The Chocolate Block - Magnum

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  • The Milkwood Shiraz Viognier 2013 Red wine

    The Milkwood Shiraz Viognier

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  • Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon

    Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon

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  • Wagon Valley Merlot Malbec Red Wine

    Wagon Valley Merlot-Malbec

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  • Wagon Valley Sauvignon Blanc Colombard White Wine

    Wagon Valley Sauvignon-Colombard

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  • Wild Olive Chenin Blanc South African White Wine

    Wild Olive Chenin Blanc

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