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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!

  • Marvelous Yellow 2016

    £9.75

    £9.75


    Chalky bass notes, trills of lychee, honeysuckle and papaya... Anyone fancy a dance?
  • Lothian 'Isobel' Rosé 2016

    Now £9.45

    Was £10.50

    £9.45

    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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  • 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 ...
  • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2016 White Wine

    Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2016

    £10.00

    £10.00

    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 2016

    £10.00

    £10.00

    A lion's roar. A hippo's grunt. An elephant's trumpet. So much for a relaxing, tranquil drink on the verandah. Ken wa...
  • Lismore Pinot Noir 2016 Vegan Red Wine

    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, ...
  • Lothian Chardonnay 2016 White Wine

    Lothian Chardonnay 2016

    £15.50

    £15.50

    A light golden chardonnay that has peaches, pears and apple notes in abundance, topped off with nutty and butterscotc...
  • Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Shiraz South African Wine

    Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Shiraz 2016

    £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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Radford Dale Black Rock 2013

    Radford Dale Black Rock 2014

    £18.50

    £18.50

    Like the addition of Peter 'Swingometer' Snow to the Beeb's election night results, Black Rock is guaranteed to make ...
  • Reyneke Organic Red Wine 2017

    Reyneke Organic Red Wine 2017

    £12.50

    £12.50

    Rudiger was always disappointed the fresh coastal breeze kicked in just as he settled down for a drink after slogging...
  • 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 ...
  • Radford Dale 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...
  • 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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