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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 Chocolate Block - Magnum 2016

    £50.00

    £50.00

    We can literally taste the Chocolate Block as soon as we start unloading it from the trucks... A new truckload is here!!
  • Jikken Bareru Sauvignon Blanc 2018

    £12.50

    £12.50

    A gloriously distinct Sauvignon with a bright palate of citrus, tropical fruit, blackcurrant leaf and a vibrant minerality.

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  • Cape Rock Amnesty Italian Red Wine 2015

    Cape Rock Amnesty 2015

    £13.50

    £13.50

    For many South African citizens, the small fishing village of Doringbaai on the West Coast, 300km north of Cape Town,...
  • Jikken Bareru Sauvignon Blanc 2018

    Jikken Bareru Sauvignon Blanc 2018

    £12.50

    £12.50

    It's said that good old Branson named his company Virgin because he had no idea what he was doing; what with his previou...
  • Jikken Bareru Tinta Barocca 2017

    Jikken Bareru Tinta Barocca 2017

    £12.50

    £12.50

    The towns folk of Klein Karoo liked Leon Coetzee & Margaux Nel well enough, but the pair made them uneasy. Leon & Margau...
  • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2017 White Wine

    Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2017

    £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 ...
  • Klein Vin de Constance 2015 - 500ml

    Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2015 - 500ml

    £54.00

    £54.00

    The Western Cape is considered one of the jewels in the crown of the New World, a rising star of wine producing regions....
  • Lothian Chardonnay 2017 White Wine

    Lothian Chardonnay 2017

    £16.00

    £16.00

    A light golden chardonnay that has peaches, pears and apple notes in abundance, topped off with nutty and butterscotc...
  • Lothian Vineyards Horny Owl Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    £9.50

    £9.50

    Owls use many methods in an attempt to find a mate. Often, they cough up the bones and fur of small rodents, this is lik...
  • 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...
  • Mullineux White 2015

    Mullineux White 2015

    £17.75

    £17.75

    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...
  • 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 Black Rock 2013

    Radford Dale Black Rock 2016

    £18.50

    £18.50

    Like the addition of Peter 'Swingometer' Snow to the Beeb's election night results, Black Rock is guaranteed to make ...
  • Radford Dale Chardonnay South Africa

    Radford Dale Chardonnay 2016

    £17.00

    £17.00

    Whoever did the paperwork for this wine didn't write one person's name in the box marked "Winemaker", but instead wro...
  • The Chocolate Block Magnum 2016 Vegetarian 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 Milkwood Shiraz Viognier 2016

    The Milkwood Shiraz Viognier 2016

    £8.50

    £8.50

    From the youthful Grape Grinder winery in South Africa, this fruity number does not disappoint. A fine red wine showc...
  • Radford Dale Vinum Chenin Blanc 2016

    Vinum Chenin Blanc 2016

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Why isn't Chenin Blanc as famous as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc? More versatile than a Swiss Army knife, it's used...

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