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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...

Lekker man, lekker!

  • Paul Roos Die Skoolhoof 2015

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Fresh, floral Chenin combines with Chardonnay’s elegance to create a wine capable of challenging a top Burgundy!
  • Paul Roos Die Filantroop 2015

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Supple, firm tannins integrate harmoniously with blackberries and juicy red-forest fruits.
  • The Garden Route Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    £5.75

    £5.75

    ‘Rich, ripe, blackberries and spice’ is far too simple a description for a wine with all too much too offer in a garden-full of flavours.

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  • Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine

    Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

    £42.00

    £42.00

    A red wine with distinctive cassis influence with a cedary spine covered with dark cherry, waxy crayon earthiness, gr...
  • Boer and Brit Field Marshall 2014 Red Wine South African

    Boer & Brit Field Marshall 2014

    £12.50

    £12.50

    A Mediterranean styled blended red wine, made up of alternative varietals produced in South Africa. Rich with flavour...
  • Boer & Brit The General South African Red Wine 2014

    Boer & Brit The General 2014

    £12.50

    £12.50

    An unorthodox Bordeaux blend, minus the Cabernet Sauvignon. This generous, full bodied red wine has been produced usi...
  • Dig This! Chenin Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Dig This! Chenin Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    £7.50

    £7.50

    Of all the pirates of the Western Cape, none were more infamous than Captain Cork. Indeed, so legendary were his deed...
  • Dig This! Shiraz Merlot 2016

    Dig This! Shiraz Merlot 2016

    £7.50

    £7.50

    There were so many pirates at one point in the seas around the Cape that the nearby land became infested with escaped...
  • Fontein Ridge Chenin Blanc 2016 - South African White Wine

    Fontein Ridge Chenin Blanc 2016

    £6.50

    £6.50

    There are many fountains across the world that are famed for their superb structures and magnificent displays. This i...
  • Fontein Ridge Pinotage Shiraz 2015 - South African White Wine

    Fontein Ridge Pinotage Shiraz 2015

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Modern winemakers often talk about having innovative ideas and that's because they know how important it is to bring ...
  • Footprint Merlot 2016 Red Wine

    Footprint 'The Long Walk' Merlot 2016

    £7.50

    £7.50

    It's not the most conventional way of employing an expert winemaker, but when Naas used his glue-filled boot to catch...
  • Footprint Sauvignon Blanc 2016 White Wine

    Footprint 'The Long Walk' Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £7.50

    £7.50

    There was no doubt. Grapes were going missing. Not just grapes, the best grapes. Everyone was baffled. Until one even...
  • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2016 White Wine

    Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Think South Africa and you probably think BIG. It's all about scale. The animals are big. The mountains are big. But ...
  • Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2015 Red Wine

    Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2015

    £10.50

    £10.50

    A lion's roar. A hippo's grunt. An elephant's trumpet. So much for a relaxing, tranquil drink on the verandah. Ken wa...
  • Ken Forrester Roussanne 2015 South African White Wine

    Ken Forrester Roussanne 2015

    £17.75

    £17.75

    Just because you've got the body, don't try to find your worth in the red wine district. A white like you. You have c...
  • Lismore 'The Age of Grace' Viognier 2016

    Lismore 'The Age of Grace' Viognier 2016

    £20.00

    £20.00

    This wine is Oddbins contribution to Joseph Campbell's Monomyth theory. The idea that across the world, all great sto...
  • Lismore Pinot Noir 2016

    Lismore Pinot Noir 2016

    £28.00

    £28.00

    The grapes of these wines are grown on Hebridean soil, on the Isle of Lismore, in the middle of Loch Linnhe. O wait, ...
  • Lismore Syrah 2016

    Lismore Syrah 2016

    £29.00

    £29.00

    Who hasn't dreamt of packing up their day job in California, flying half way around the world and establishing a bout...
  • Lothian 'Isobel' Rosé 2016

    Lothian 'Isobel' Rosé 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Isobel was different. She had bearing. Poise. She commanded the room effortlessly, without intent. Perhaps it shouldn...
  • Lothian Pinot Noir 2013 South African Red Wine

    Lothian Pinot Noir 2015

    £18.50

    £18.50

    South African reds are all dark, meaty and chewy as biltong right? Well no, not all of them. As Bob Dylan famously sa...
  • Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Shiraz South African Wine

    Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Shiraz 2014

    £9.50

    £9.50

    We are quite sure that there is a more profound meaning attached to this South African Shiraz, but we're just going t...
  • Marvelous Blue 2015 Red Wine

    Marvelous Blue 2015

    £9.75

    £9.75

    A saxophone in a lonely back street. An early morning trumpet fanfare. A piano tinkling in a shadowy bar. There's som...
  • Marvelous Red 2015 Red Wine

    Marvelous Red 2015

    Now £9.00

    Was £9.75

    £9.00

    Good jazz is all about balance. Blending. Just the right amount of this, just the right amount of that. It's also abo...
  • Marvelous Yellow 2016 White Wine

    Marvelous Yellow 2016

    £9.75

    £9.75

    Like most complex characters, Adam Mason had many sides. On the one hand he was determined to make untrammelled varie...
  • Miles Mossop 'Introduction' Chenin Blanc 2015 White Wine

    Miles Mossop 'Introduction' Chenin Blanc 2015

    £13.50

    £13.50

    You only get one chance to make a first impression. And this ambitious Chenin knew she had to knock it out of the par...
  • Miles Mossup 'Max'

    Miles Mossop 'Max' Bordeaux Blend 2014

    £20.00

    £20.00

    You know how Bordeaux is a bit tweed jacket, red trousers, brogues and hunting? Maybe that's a little unfair, but it'...
  • Miles Mossop Saskia

    Miles Mossop 'Saskia' 2013

    £19.00

    £19.00

    This is the quintessentially artisanal produced wine, following the philosophy of winemaker Miles Mossop, of hand cra...
  • Mullineux Kloof Street Rouge 2014 Red Wine

    Mullineux Kloof Street Rouge 2014

    £13.50

    £13.50

    Perhaps When Chris Met Andrea doesn't have the same ring to it as When Harry Met Sally, but we think their story has ...
  • Mullineux White 2015

    Mullineux White 2015

    £17.00

    £17.00

    You'll be hard pushed to find a wine that shows off its roots quite as well as Mullinieux White. It's a blend of thre...
  • Palesa Pinotage (Fair Trade) 2011

    Palesa Pinotage (Fair Trade) 2011

    £7.50

    £7.50

    Palesa, a common female name in South Africa, reflects the magnificent balance of qualities that characterise African...
  • Paul Roos Die Filantroop 2015 South Africa Red Wine

    Paul Roos Die Filantroop 2015

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Some people feel power from bending others to their will. Not Gus. For Gus, it's all about empowering individuals to ...
  • Paul Roos Die Skoolhoof 2015

    Paul Roos Die Skoolhoof 2015

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Gus hated school. Forced to learn parrot fashion, punished when he didn't. And each kid categorised. 'You're a number...
  • Radford Dale Freedom 2014

    Radford Dale Freedom 2014

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Robin Hood. Ned Kelly. Billy the Kid. Pancho Villa. ...Batman. The list goes on. Heroes of the people. But few know R...
  • The Chocolate Block Magnum Red Wine

    The Chocolate Block - Magnum 2016

    £50.00

    £50.00

    MAGNUM SIZE. As soon as Chocolate Block lands you guys go all Augustus Gloop on us: lapping up that chocolate...
  • The Chocolate Block 2015 Red Wine

    The Chocolate Block 2016

    £23.00

    £23.00

    As soon as Chocolate Block lands you guys go all Augustus Gloop on us: lapping up that chocolate river like a cacao s...
  • Garden Route Chardanny Chenin Blanc 2016

    The Garden Route Chardonnay Chenin Blanc 2016

    £5.75

    £5.75

    Sometimes, there are so many nuances in a glass of wine words fail to describe it. Yes, you could reach for the usual...
  • The Milkwood Shiraz Viognier 2013 Red wine

    The Milkwood Shiraz Viognier 2014

    £8.00

    £8.00

    From the youthful Grape Grinder winery in South Africa, this fruity number does not disappoint. A fine red wine showc...
  • Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon

    Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

    £12.00

    £12.00

    If there is one time of year when anything goes, this is it. In fact it's almost as if pushing the rules is actually ...
  • Vinum Chenin Blanc 2016

    Vinum Chenin Blanc 2016

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Why isn't Chenin Blanc as famous as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc? More versatile than a Swiss Army knife, it's used...
  • Wild Olive Chenin Blanc South African White Wine

    Wild Olive Chenin Blanc 2015

    £8.00

    £8.00

    This generous unwooded Chenin is born from two 30-year old goblets in the Swartland . The unirrigated bushvines grow ...
  • Yardstick Chardonnay 2015 White Wine

    Yardstick Chardonnay 2015

    £14.75

    £14.75

    Yardstick has evolved in language slightly; in the good old days when a metre was just something Jazz musicians ignor...
  • Yardstick Pinot Noir 2015 Red Wine

    Yardstick Pinot Noir 2015

    £14.75

    £14.75

    If there is one thing we love more than anachronistic units of measurement, here at Oddbins, it's a good origin story...

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