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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,...
  • Cape Rock White - South African White Wine

    Cape Rock White 2017

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Fancy folk might describe father and son winemaking team, Willie & Gavin Brand, as autodidacts. We wouldn't, that's e...
  • 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 Swartland Chenin Blanc 201

    Ken Forrester Swartland Chenin Blanc 2017

    £16.75

    £16.75

    Surely one of the greatest indicators that you’ve mastered your field of work or research is being bestowed a nickname...
  • 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 Pinot Noir 2015 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 2017

    £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 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...
  • Miles Mossup 'Max' Bordeaux Blend 2015

    Miles Mossop 'Max' Bordeaux Blend 2015

    £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 2015

    Miles Mossop 'Saskia' 2015

    £20.00

    £20.00

    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

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Perhaps When Chris Met Andrea doesn't have the same ring to it as When Harry Met Sally, but we think their story has ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Vinum Pinotage 2018

    Vinum Pinotage 2018

    £14.00

    £14.00

    At Radford Dale they believe Pinotage is a fantastic though misunderstood varietal which benefits from a gentle touch in...
  • Wild House Chenin Blanc 2018

    Wild House Chenin Blanc 2018

    £7.75

    £7.75

    Chenin Blanc is the backbone grape varietal of South Africa, being the most profusely planted variety in the country. At...
  • Wild House Shiraz 2018

    Wild House Shiraz 2018

    £7.75

    £7.75

    When Winemaker JD Rossouw was asked to craft the first estate branded wines at Wildeberg, he jumped at the chance to wor...
  • Wild Olive Chenin Blanc South African White Wine

    Wild Olive Chenin Blanc 2017

    £8.50

    £8.50

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

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