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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!

  • The Garden Route Chardonnay Chenin Blanc 2016

    £5.75

    £5.75

    Sometimes a wine is so good it has you beaten for words. Like this one! On first tasting there was an awkward silence, until…
  • Fontein Ridge Pinotage Shiraz 2015

    Now £5.85

    Was £6.50

    £5.85

    Fountains of ripe fruit on the palate, juicy tannins and light aromas of vanilla and chocolate.

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  • Cape Rock Amnesty Italian Red Wine 2015

    Cape Rock Amnesty 2015

    £12.75

    £12.75

    For many South African citizens, the small fishing village of Doringbaai on the West Coast, 300km north of Cape Town,...
  • Dig This! Shiraz Merlot 2017 Vegan Red Wine

    Dig This! Shiraz Merlot 2017

    £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 Pinotage Shiraz 2015 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Fontein Ridge Pinotage Shiraz 2015

    Now £5.85

    Was £6.50

    £5.85

    Modern winemakers often talk about having innovative ideas and that's because they know how important it is to bring ...
  • Lothian 'Isobel' Rosé 2016 Vegan and Vegetarian Wine

    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...
  • Marvelous Blue 2015 Vegetarian South African 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 Vegetarian South African Red Wine

    Marvelous Red 2015

    £9.75

    £9.75

    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 Vegetarian 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...
  • Palesa Pinotage (Fair Trade) South African Red Wine 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...
  • 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...
  • Innocent Syrah 2015 Red Wine

    The Innocent Syrah 2015

    £12.00

    £12.00

    This wine represents the legendry South African vineyard trial of 1979. The Syrah grapes of Lammershock were ripe and...

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