South Africa

South African Red Wines

South Africa has a wonderful vibrant red wine industry. It is considered "new world" by many although actually dates back to the mid 17th century when French Huguenots settled there and planted vines. Historic centres like the beautiful Franschoek valley still bear many French names for the properties and wine farms. It is stunningly beautiful and a fabulous place for a holiday if you are fortunate enough to visit.

The South African red wine industry has gone through something of a revolution since apartheid ended when most wine production was bulk wine run by the state. Now there are many artisan wineries producing excellent wines, with around 600 wineries in Stellenbosch alone. Some are pretty big operations running accomodation and restaurants, some are tiny, literally husband and wife teams.

We import wines directly from some of these tiny artisan family wineries. They are great quality and exceptional value for money. We also source some of the top wines from some of the more famous larger wineries such as Ernie Els and Tokara through their established UK agents. With the South African Rand remiaing weak, South African red wine is currently unbeatable value for money.

We strongly recommend you try some of our boutique wines from these small artisan wineries, in particular those from Grangehurst, Joubert Tradauw, Gande Provence, Boplaas and Rainbow's End.

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  1. Joubert Tradauw R62 Blend

    A beautiful natural Bordeaux blend aged in French oak for 20 months. Great wine. Highly recommended.

    Free sulphur: 30

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £18.00
  2. Joubert Tradauw Syrah

    4 Stars Platter 2017

    A superb natural Syrah, full of red and black fruit flavours, a little white pepper and a long lingering finish. This is a great wine from a true artisan winemaker.

    Free sulphur: 25

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £14.99
  3. Joubert Tradauw Redfin Pinot Noir

    4 Stars Platter 2017

    Ruby in colour. Savoury in style, very "Burgundian" old world. I've never before found a South African Pinot Noir made in such a convincing old world style.

    Free sulphur: 30

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £18.00
  4. Joubert Tradauw Reserve Cabernet Franc

    Joubert Tradauw is a tiny artisan winery way out in the Little Karoo, roughly 200 miles east of Cape Town. Meyer Joubert farms organically and makes stunning wines with real purity. His wife, Beatte, runs their organic deli from the winery with some truly superb food that has to be tasted! - she has published a cook book too. Meyer's wines are fantastic and Joubert Tradauw is rated by Neil Pendock of the Platter guide as one of the ten best wineries in SA.

    This is Meyer's flagship wine and is absolutely beautiful! We have only a few bottles left.

    Free sulphur: 11

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £21.95
  5. Grande Provence Angels Tears Red

    This Angels Tears Cabernet Merlot from Grande Provence is a superb red wine for the money. Grande Provence is an excellent boutique winery in the stunning Franschoek Valley. The original property dates back to 1694 and occupies a beautiful location right in the middle on the flat, surrounded by vines. It is a magnificent setting and if you are lucky enough to be visiting Cape Town it is well worth a short detour. The secret to the quality of their wines though is that they own some of the finest vineyard sites dotted across the mountains.

    Soft, smooth and fruit driven with a hint of oak. This wine is delicious for everyday drinking and superb value at this price.

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    £8.99
  6. Grande Provence Shiraz 2012 75cl

    Platter 4 Stars

    Vitis Vinifera - Gold Medal

    This Shiraz is made from Stellenbosch fruit and is delicious! Full of flavour, red and dark berries with some chocolate then a light touch of white pepper comes through on the finish. Like all GP wines it has great integrated natural acidity. It's very very smooth and thoroughly enjoyable. Their best vintage yet in my opinion.

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    £16.99
  7. Grande Provence Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 75cl

    Platter 3.5 Stars

    Yet another fabulous vintage. Made from Franschoek fruit. This is another example of the Platter ratings being unreliable. This wine certainly deserves at least 4 Stars in my opinion.

    The wine has some caramel on the nose which comes through on the palate with the plum and berry flavours. It's well balanced, round and full in the mouth, with strong concentrated flavours and a long finish. 

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    £16.99
  8. Grande Provence Pinot Noir 2013 75cl

    Michaelangelo Awards - Gold Medal

    Grande Provence Pinot Noir is fruit driven with flavours of strawberries and red berries, with some oak adding a hint of vanilla on the finish.

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    £18.95
  9. The Grande Provence 2014 75cl

    The Grande Provence is the flagship wine from this estate and is magnificent!

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    £45.00
  10. The Grangehurst

    John Platter 4.5 Stars

    The Grangehurst 2006 Bordeaux Blend is the flagship wine of the estate.. Superb SA "Bordeaux"!

    Free sulphur: 2

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £35.00
  11. Grangehurst Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

    John Platter 4 Stars

    5 barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon were selected for this limited release Reserve vintage producing just 1269 bottles. This is a big powerful wine with strong black fruits. Full and round with a very long finish. Not as dry as many Cabs, more new world than old in style. Delicious to savour, or enjoy with roast meats.

    Free sulphur: 5

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £24.95
  12. Grangehurst Shiraz Cabernet Reserve

    John Platter 4.5 Stars

    Big, opulent, rich and round. The ageing gives it a mature soft palate, not the racier style you get with younger wines. Lovely flavours of dark fruit with noticeable oak, very smooth of course with a long lingering finish. 

    Free sulphur: 10

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £24.95
  13. Grangehurst Nikela

    Voted one of the Top 5 Cape Blends by the Pinotage Association 2013

    John Platter 4 Stars

    It's a blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Pinotage, 23% Shiraz and 8% Merlot, all fermented separately and aged for 29 months in French oak (91% with 9% American). A beautiful, powerful silky smooth aged red - very rare!

    Free sulphur: 16

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £19.99
  14. Grangehurst Cabernet Merlot

    Platter 4 Stars

    A great aged Bordeaux blend from Jeremy. Full bodied and super smooth, drinking beautifully.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £19.49
  15. Grangehurst Pinotage

    4.5 Stars Platter 

    Fabulous - one of the best Pinotages on the market. Rich, full bodied, full flavoured and super smooth.

    Free sulphur: 16

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £14.99
  16. Claime D'Or Shiraz

    Michaelangelo 2013 - Gold Medal

    Bernardo's tasting notes say:

    "On the palate the rounded red berry fruit gives a full mouth feel with silky tones of coriander and hints of coffee, mocha and bitter chocolate, ending with a noticeable toastiness and a soft touch of vanilla flavours."

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    £18.95
  17. Claime D'Or Pinot Noir

    Veritas - Bronze

    "Cranberry fruit with hints of mint and eucalyptus and a touch of oak spice. These flavours also follow through on the palate with gentle tannins and a generous acidity. A perfect match for duck breast or antipasto. ."

    We tasted it out in South Africa and it was superb

    Free sulphur: 35

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £21.95
  18. Boplaas Gamka

    Michaelangelo Gran D'Or (Double Gold) for this maiden vintage!

    Top 100 SA Wines

    Only 3400 bottles produced.

    Lovely wine. Still young of course, with racy acidity and firm tannins. This wine will certainly reward some cellaring but can be enjoyed now if you give it time to breathe and open up. I recommend decanting, ideally for a couple of hours or more to get the best out of it as it really opens up to become super smooth with flavours of plum and damson. I would partner this with barbequed meats or a roast.

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £19.99
  19. Boplaas Ring of Rocks

    TOP 10 red table wine from Portuguese cultivars @ CAPPA Cape Port & Wine Challenge 2013

    Platter 4 Stars

    A super blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Touriga Nacional, the Portuguese grape lending some heat and spice to the red fruits. Smooth and full flavoured, give this wine a try, it's lovely!

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £16.99
  20. Boplaas Touriga Nacional

    TOP 10 red table wine from Portuguese cultivars @ CAPPA Cape Port & Wine Challenge

    Tasting Notes

    Marzipan and almond scents spice up plums and black berries/violet tones; long peppery finish with stoutly tannins. Will reward one endlessly with a little bottle aging.

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £11.99
  21. Boplaas Pinotage

    Wood Aging: 8 months in French Oak Barrels

    Delicious - a fabulous Pinotage. Medium bodied and smooth with flavours of cherry and red fruits with a hint of cocoa and oak on the finish.

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £11.99
  22. Rainbows End Mystical Corner

    Michaelangelo International Wine Awards - Double Gold

    Shiraz 34%, Malbec 24%, Cabernet Sauvignon 23% and Petit Verdot 19%

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £10.99
  23. Rainbows End Shiraz

    Awaing award info but 2012 and 2013 both won SA Novare Terroir Awards - Best Shiraz from Stellenbosch

    Rainbows End Shiraz has very quickly set the benchmark for quality Shiraz in Stellenbosch and indeed for South Africa. It's a winning combination of top quality wine at a reasonable price. Many of the best and most famous South African red wines fetch a real premium, so for Anton at Rainbows End being a relative newcomer, he has introduced his wines at affodable prices. Not only has his Shiraz won multiple awards each vintage but so has his Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and his blends. Without doubt Rainbows End is one of the best and best value wineries in Stellenbosch.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £14.99
  24. Rainbows End Merlot

    4 Stars Platter 

    Anton's Merlot is regarded by Neil Pendock of the Platter Guide as one of the best in SA, and I have to agree. The 2014 was exceptional but has sold very quickly hence we are already onto the 2015. This is also excellent and drinking well, but will improve significantly with a little bottle age.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £14.99
  25. Rainbows End Cabernet Sauvignon

    4.5 Stars Platter 

    A fabulous Cabernet, rich, round and pure.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £14.99
  26. Rainbows End Cabernet Franc Limited Edition 2015

    4.5 Stars Platter 

    Rainbows End Limited Edition Cabernet Franc 2015 is the latest vintage release of this single clone Cabernet Franc from Anton Malan. His standard blended Cabernet Franc is a beautiful wine and in my opinion one of his best wines, but this Limited Edition is right up there with it. Slightly leaner with a little more tannin, more European in style.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £17.99
  27. Rainbows End Cabernet Franc Limited Edition 2013

    4.5 Stars Platter 

    Rainbows End Cabernet Franc Limited Edition is unique in that it is the only South African Cabernet Franc to be produced from a single clone, rather than a blend of different clones. Is it better than Anton's blended Cabernet Franc? That is a matter of personal opinion. I prefer the blended version as it is softer with more red fruit. The Limited Edition Cabernet Franc is a little greener and tighter at first. It will be very interesting to see how the two compare with a little bottle age.

    Clearly the Platter team rate this wine highly.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £13.99
  28. Rainbows End Cabernet Franc

    4.5 Stars Platter 

    SA Novare Terroir Awards - Best South African Cabernet Franc in Stellenbosch 2016

    This Rainbows End Cabernet Franc is fantastic. Anton makes some of the best red wines in Stellenbosch and it is his Cabernet Franc that he is most proud of, believing his vineyards have the ideal microclimate for this variety. Anton also produces other excellent award winning red wines including blends, straight Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, plus a superb Merlot.

    Very pure, medium bodied with red fruit flavours, very smooth and beautifully balanced. Subtle oak ageing for 12 months, then bottled unfiltered to retain all the flavour and natural goodness. Great wine.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.98
  29. Rainbows End Family Reserve 2013

    4.5 Stars Platter 

    Rainbow's End Family Reserve 2013 is the latest vintage of the flagship wine from Anton. Again it scored 4.5 stars from Platter. It is a stunningly good wine.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £29.99
  30. Rainbows End Family Reserve 2011

    4.5 Stars Platter 

    The Family Reserve is the flagship wine from Rainbows End - a superb Bordeaux blend, complex and elegant, really showing how the best South African reds can compete with France and the rest of the world. As well as power and fruit, this wine also has elegance and structure. It's beautifully made - Anton Malan is a superb hands on winemaker.

    Rainbows End is one of my very favourite wineries and is a name to watch out for. I expect Anton will go on to achieve great things in the South African wine world.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £29.99
  31. Cape Chamonix Troika

    Platter 5 Stars

    91 Points Tim Atkin

    Cape Chamonix Troika is a great Bordeaux Blend. New world fruit with a slight heat typical of top South African red wines. Very smooth with a long finish. Well worthy of it's five star rating in my opinion.

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    £18.95
  32. Eagles Nest Shiraz 2012 75cl

    Eagles Nest Shiraz is in my opinion consistently the best Shiraz from South Africa. I've tried several vintages and all have been excellent. The different vintages of Eagles Nest Shiraz have won just about every major award going in the southern hemisphere. This is a stunningly good wine, this 2012 having been awarded:

    Michaelangelo - Trophy highest rated wine in show

    Platter 2016 - 5 Stars

    Veritas 2015 - Double Gold

    Decanter 2015 - Gold & 94 Points

    Tim Atkin 94 Points

    Shiraz Association SA Top 12

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £27.49
  33. Tokara Directors Reserve Red

    Top 100 SA Wines

    90 Points Parker

    94 Points Tim Atkin

    92 Points Stephen Tanzer

    Tokara Directors Reserve Red is a lovely Bordeaux blend. Tokara is a large high profile winery on the Helshootge Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschoek, making some good wines in their reserve range. This Directors Reserve red regularly picks up top scores and awards as does the Directors Reserve white. We've been impressed by all their reserve range.

    Full of black and red fruit flavours with some heat typical of South African Bordeaux blends. Good acidity and great overall balance.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £25.99
  34. Jordan Cobblers Hill

    Jordan Cobbler's Hill is the flagship wine from the Jordan estate. A fantastic Bordeaux blend, consistently awarded 4 to 5 stars by John Platter

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £23.99
  35. Ernie Els Signature Blend

    Platter 4.5 Stars

    Wine Spectator 93 Points

    The highest rating vintage since 2005

    James Molesworth of Wine Spectator said:

    "a dark, alluring style, with gunpowder tea and warm ganache notes underscoring the core of steeped red and blackcurrant fruit. Features a singed cedar and alder frame, accented by a tobacco hint. Should open up nicely in the cellar. Best from 2017 through 2022."

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £43.80
  36. Ernie Els Proprietors Cabernet Sauvignon

    Top 100 SA Wines winner for Cabernet Sauvignon

    Platter 4.5 Stars

    Veritas Gold

    This vintage is sold out at the winery of course so last chance to get some. We have about 20 bottles left.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £26.00
  37. Ernie Els Proprietors Blend

    Platter 4.5 Stars

    2016 Sommerliers Selection Award Winner (Rich Reds)

    Laurium Capital Signature Red Blends Awards: 91 Points

    Tim Atkin 91 Points

    A long time favourite of mine. I prefer this wine to Ernie's Signature blend at twice the price!

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £21.00
  38. Ernie Els Proprietors Syrah

    This is their top Syrah in an old world Rhone style including a little Viognier.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £19.90
  39. Ernie Els Cabernet Sauvignon

    Another good wine from Louis Strydom. This wine is sold out in South Africa so a rare chance to get hold of some 2012.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £16.99
  40. Ernie Els Merlot

    From his excellent site on the Heldeberg, all the Ernie Els reds are good, some are great. This Merlot is excellent.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £16.49
  41. Zevenwacht Tin Mine Red

    Zevenwacht Tin Mine red is a delicious blend combining fruit, spice and a little earthiness. Great with food.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £10.99
  42. Zevenwacht Z Rhone Blend

    Zevenwacht Z Rhone blend otherwise referrred to as Zevenwacht Z "SGM" (being the initials of the tradional Rhone varietals Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre). This blend of these three varietals is replicated in many new wortld countries these days as it works so well. This Z is the flagship range from Zevenwacht and they've produced a fabulous wine here.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £19.94

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