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. Jean Daneel Signature Red

    Jean Daneel Signature Red 2015 is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz aged in French barriques for 28 months.

    It is fabulous. Delicious red fruit flavours with good natural acidity, very long finish and absolutely velvet smooth.

    This is something special. "South Africa in a glass".

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    No wood used: No

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £27.00
  2. Jean Daneel Directors Red

    Jean Daneel Directors Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Merlot matured in 500 litre oak barrels thhen matured in small first use barriques for 24 months.

    Fantastic wine. More emphasis on a classic Bordeaux style than his Signature red, with noticeable mentholflavours and a more savoury style.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    No wood used: No

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £34.99
  3. Rainbows End Family Reserve 2017

    92+ Points Robert Parker SA Report - joint highest scoring red wine.

    This 2016 has just arrived - No doubt more awards to follow.

     

    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.

     

    More stock en route, probably arriving late November.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £36.00
  4. Joubert Tradauw Reserve Cabernet Franc

    Joubert-Tradauw Cabernet Franc Reserve 2016


    Tim Atkin says:

    "This brilliant Cabernet Franc is one of the best in South Africa, produced in the slightly unlikely surroundings of Tradouw in the Klein Karoo. Wonderfully smooth, floral and refined, this handles its 50% new oak with style, showing graphite, black cherry and vanilla notes.
    2020-26"

    This is Meyer's flagship wine and is absolutely beautiful! We have a very limited stock (2016).

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £34.99
  5. The Grangehurst

    The Grangehurst 2009 Bordeaux Blend is the flagship wine of the estate. Superb South African "Bordeaux" aged in oak for 35 months. No awards info as yet but usually scores a minimum of Platter 4.5 Stars every year.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £31.75
  6. Boplaas Gamka

    4 1/2 stars Platter Wine Guide

    Michaelangelo Double Gold

    National NWC Double Gold

    Double Gold @ SA Top 100 Wines

    James Suckling – 90 points

    Tim Atkins – 91 points

    Only 7000 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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    £27.50

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