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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!

  • Wild Olive Chenin Blanc 2017

    £9.00

    £9.00

  • Wild House Shiraz 2018

    £7.75

    £7.75

    Deep garnet in colour with plum and blackcurrant on the nose and hints of spice. A modest touch of oak and soft ripe tannins are balanced with a juicy palate and suggestions of dark chocolate and star anise on the lingering finish.

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  • Cape Chamonix Pinotage Red Wine

    Cape Chamonix Greywacke Pinotage 2015

    £18.50

    £18.50

    Confused you say? South African wine named after a French alpine mountaineering and skiing resort and made in the Ita...
  • Cape Rock White - South African White Wine

    Cape Rock White 2017

    £15.50

    £15.50

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

    Ken Forrester Swartland Chenin Blanc 2017

    Now £15.08

    Was £16.75

    £15.08

    Surely one of the greatest indicators that you’ve mastered your field of work or research is being bestowed a nickname...
  • Lothian Chardonnay 2017 White Wine

    Lothian Chardonnay 2017

    £17.00

    £17.00

    A light golden chardonnay that has peaches, pears and apple notes in abundance, topped off with nutty and butterscotc...
  • Lothian Pinot Noir 2017 South African Red Wine

    Lothian Pinot Noir 2017

    £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 Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    £10.00

    £10.00

    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...
  • Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Shiraz South African Wine

    Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Shiraz 2017

    £10.00

    £10.00

    We are quite sure that there is a more profound meaning attached to this South African Shiraz, but we're just going t...
  • Luddite Saboteur Chenin Blanc 2017

    Luddite Saboteur Chenin Blanc 2017

    £21.00

    £21.00

    A luddite is often used as a term of derision, synonymous with a troglodyte, a dinosaur or someone ignorant and out o...
  • 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...
  • Momento Grenache 2016

    Momento Grenache 2016

    £24.00

    £24.00

    Named Momento, you're probably expecting us to make up a story about how the winemaker of this Grenache had short term m...
  • 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

    £20.00

    £20.00

    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

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Gus hated school. Forced to learn parrot fashion, punished when he didn't. And each kid categorised. 'You're a number...
  • The Milkwood Shiraz Viognier 2016

    The Milkwood Shiraz Viognier 2016

    £9.00

    £9.00

    From the youthful Grape Grinder winery in South Africa, this fruity number does not disappoint. A fine red wine showc...
  • Wild Olive Chenin Blanc South African White Wine

    Wild Olive Chenin Blanc 2017

    £9.00

    £9.00

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

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