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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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  • 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...
  • Dig This! Chenin Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Vegan White Wine

    Dig This! Chenin Sauvignon Blanc 2018

    £7.50

    £7.50

    Of all the pirates of the Western Cape, none were more infamous than Captain Cork. Indeed, so legendary were his deed...
  • Dig This! Shiraz Merlot 2017 Vegan Red Wine

    Dig This! Shiraz Merlot 2017

    £7.50

    £7.50

    There were so many pirates at one point in the seas around the Cape that the nearby land became infested with escaped...
  • 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 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 ...
  • Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2017 Red Wine

    Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2017

    £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...
  • Ken Forrester Roussanne 2015 Vegetarian White Wine

    Ken Forrester Roussanne 2015

    £18.50

    £18.50

    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 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...
  • Luddite Saboteur Chenin Blanc 2017

    Luddite Saboteur Chenin Blanc 2017

    £19.00

    £19.00

    A luddite is often used as a term of derision, synonymous with a troglodyte, a dinosaur or someone ignorant and out o...
  • Luddite Saboteur Red 2014

    Luddite Saboteur Red 2016

    £25.00

    £25.00

    It was rock rap legends, the Beastie Boys who told the world "duh duh duh da Sabotage!" (alright we don’t know the ...
  • 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 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 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 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

    £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...
  • 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 ...
  • Yardstick Chardonnay 2015 Vegetarian White Wine

    Yardstick Chardonnay 2015

    £15.50

    £15.50

    Yardstick has evolved in language slightly; in the good old days when a metre was just something Jazz musicians ignor...
  • Yardstick Pinot Noir 2015 Red Wine

    Yardstick Pinot Noir 2015

    £15.50

    £15.50

    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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