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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!

  • Lothian 'Isobel' Rosé 2016

    Now £9.00

    Was £10.50

    £9.00

    Isobel; an elegant, blushing princess with hints of pomegranate, sweet anise and red fruits.
  • 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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  • Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Vegan and Vegetarian 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Footprint 'The Long Walk' Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Vegan and Vegetarian 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 Roussanne 2015 Vegetarian 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...
  • Lothian 'Isobel' Rosé 2016 Vegan and Vegetarian Wine

    Lothian 'Isobel' Rosé 2016

    Now £9.00

    Was £10.50

    £9.00

    Isobel was different. She had bearing. Poise. She commanded the room effortlessly, without intent. Perhaps it shouldn...
  • Lothian Chardonnay 2012 White Wine

    Lothian Chardonnay 2015

    £15.50

    £15.50

    A light golden chardonnay that has peaches, pears and apple notes in abundance, topped off with nutty and butterscotc...
  • Marvelous Blue 2015 Vegetarian 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 Red Wine

    Marvelous Red 2015

    Now £8.75

    Was £9.75

    £8.75

    Good jazz is all about balance. Blending. Just the right amount of this, just the right amount of that. It's also abo...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Radford Dale Thirst Gamay 2017 Natural Wine

    Radford Dale Thirst Gamay 2017

    £13.50

    £13.50

    Thirst is a pretty rock and roll wine. You see, the Winery of Good Hope argue, they could've churned out these wines ...
  • 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...
  • Garden Route Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    The Garden Route Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    £5.75

    £5.75

    South Africa's 300 mile long Garden Route might have the second mildest climate in the World, but the flavours in thi...
  • Wild Olive Chenin Blanc South African White Wine

    Wild Olive Chenin Blanc 2017

    £8.00

    £8.00

    This generous unwooded Chenin is born from two 30-year old goblets in the Swartland . The unirrigated bushvines grow ...

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