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. With the South African Rand remaining 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 such as Grangehurst, Joubert Tradauw, Frledge & Co, Boplaas and Rainbow's End. They all have something special to offer.

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  1. Rainbows End Mystical Corner

    Rainbows End Mystical Corner is a blend this vintage consisting of Shiraz 6%, Malbec 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 66% and Petit Verdot 8%. It's a great wine as are all Rainbows End wines. Anton is an exceptional winemaker and Rainbows End iis a tiny family winery so they are able to make wines the way they choose rather than to fit a specific commercial market. Hence an unusual blend like this, at a great price which is so high quality it the previous vintage was awarded Michaelangelo Awards highest rank of Double Gold! We await awards info for this vintage just released.

    Fantastic once again, in my opinion the best vintage to date. Big, full and round without being too heavy. Black fruit with integrated oak, nice and smooth with red fruits coming through on the finish.

    This is an excellent low sulphite red at an affordable price.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £11.99
  2. Grangehurst Daylea Red Blend

    We have just received the 2011 vintage. More details to follow but to give you an idea below is the info for the 2010. This is a seriously good wine (despite the presentation!).

    Cabernet Sauvignon (52%) Shiraz (28%), Merlot (10%) plus 10% other varietals. 22 months in oak. 

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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  3. Joubert Tradauw R62 Alternative Blend

    A new wine from Meyer. Although he started producing this a couple of years ago as an entry level introduction to his superb wines, this is the first time we've been able to get any as it is extremely popular.

    It's a natural wine fermented with it's own yeasts, unfined and unfiltered leaving the natural antioxidants in there. Sealed with a wax top. The free SO2 has remained free so while it's a healthy wine we don't recommend it for anybody with a sulphite allergy. Opt for the Grangehurst Daylea instead  

    Deep ruby. Mouth filling and round with initial red fruits turning to black fruits on the dry finish. Enjoy it with a roast or BBQ. 

    Free sulphur: 0

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £11.99

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