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South Africa

Since the abolition of apartheid in South Africa, the country is once again becoming a world player on the viticultural stage. As an overview, South Africa encases the elegance and finesse of the european wines while retaining the bold ripeness of the southern hemisphere.

The most famous region is without doubt Stellenbosch that lies just below the Simonsberg Mountain and where the Cape Doctor wind that blows from False Bay cools the vineyards. Here Chardonnay is the main white grape with the Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot weighing in for the reds. Some Sauvignon Blanc is grown but this is far more successful in the Overberg where Pinot Noir is also producing some superb wines. Look out for wines from Elgin or Walker Bay which can offer both terrific quality and value.

The hotter region of Paarl is also producing good wine especially from the older Bush Vine plantings that naturally shade the berries from the harsh sunlight. Chenin Blanc can be good from here but now some growers are showing their love for Rhone varieties by planting such grapes as Viognier for whites and Shiraz and Mourvedre for the reds. 

We must just mention here South Africa's home variety of Pinotage. Not everybody's cup of tea but certainly worthy of trying, it is a hybrid created in 1934 at the University of Stellenbosch from Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Some good wines are to be found made from this variety but there are some pretty grim ones too. Buyer beware!

  • Ernie Els Big Easy Red
    £19.90

    Ernie Els Big Easy Red

    Ernie Els

    The Ernie Els Big Easy Red offers a spicy, savoury richness; the Cabernet Sauvignon adds structure while dashes of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault...

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    £19.90
  • Darling Cellars Chocoholic Pinotage
    £10.95

    Darling Cellars Chocoholic Pinotage

    Darling Cellars

    Darling Cellars Chocoholic Pinotage is vibrant and packed with some juicy cherry flavours that incorporate more complex nuances such as dark chocol...

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    £10.95
  • Kaapzicht Pinotage
    £18.80

    Kaapzicht Pinotage

    Kaapzicht

    Kaapzicht Pinotage is an intense plum colour with a saturated, opaque core. Ripe layers of mulberry, plums, black cherry and dark chocolate/mocha t...

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    £18.80
  • Rust En Vrede Estate Wine 2013
    £33.50

    Rust En Vrede Estate Wine 2016

    Rust En Vrede

    The 2016 Rust En Vrede Estate Wine is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Shiraz and 11% Merlot. It is a deep crimson red, with aromas of tobacc...

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    £33.50
  • Ernie Els Big Easy Red Magnum
    £39.90

    Ernie Els Big Easy Red Magnum

    Ernie Els

    As the name suggests the Ernie Els Big Easy Red is bold in flavour and yet easy in demeanor. Pure, ripe, purple and red fruits immediately leap out...

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    £39.90
  • Indaba Mosaic
    £9.95

    Indaba Mosaic

    Indaba

    Indaba Mosaic is a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated Bordeaux blend, displaying alluring aromas and juicy flavours of blackcurrant, ripe, earthy berry f...

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    £9.95
  • Rustenberg Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon
    £13.55

    Rustenberg Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon

    Rustenberg

    Rustenberg Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon shows typical flavour and aroma profiles of dark berries and tobacco with a well-structured and lengthy ...

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    £13.55
  • Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
    £29.95

    Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir

    Bouchard Finlayson

    Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir is deftly balanced, rich, and dark with aromas of berries, plums and floral notes. It is expressive on th...

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    £29.95
  • Ernie Els Cabernet Sauvignon
    £23.25

    Ernie Els Cabernet Sauvignon

    Ernie Els

    The Cabernet Sauvignon from Ernie Els boasts an inky, blue black core and an explosive purple rim. Extravagant salty-liquorice notes appear on the ...

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    £23.25
  • Rust En Vrede Merlot
    £18.45

    Rust En Vrede Merlot

    Rust En Vrede

    Rust En Vrede Merlot is ruby red, giving potpourri and dried flower aromas infused with notes of cedar wood and subtle oak. A well-integrated and j...

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    £18.45
  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz (Case Of 3)
    £29.25

    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz (Case Of 3)

    Indaba

    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz by Indaba comes from grapes grown mainly in vineyards surrounding Paarl, a region with a Rhône-like climate that is ideal for...

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    £29.25
  • Indaba Merlot
    £9.95

    Indaba Merlot

    Indaba

    Indaba Merlot is crafted in a fresh, clean style, this velvety wine offers enticing aromas and bright, juicy flavours of cherry, dark berry and plu...

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    £9.95
  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
    £9.95

    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz

    Indaba

    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz by Indaba comes from grapes grown mainly in vineyards surrounding Paarl, a region with a Rhône-like climate that is ideal for ...

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    £9.95
  • Paul Cluver Pinot Noir
    £19.95

    Paul Cluver Pinot Noir

    Paul Cluver

    Paul Cluver Pinot Noir is a beautiful garnet hue. The nose is a combination of pepper and red berry, wild mushroom, wild berry compote with a sligh...

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    £19.95
  • Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
    £12.75

    Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

    Glenelly Estate

    Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon shows a very complex nose with notes of cassis, blackcurrant, cherry, a touch of spice and dark chocol...

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    £12.75
  • Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof Syrah
    £18.29

    Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof Syrah

    Rustenberg

    Rustenberg's Buzzard Kloof Syrah exhibits an enticing nose of pepper, violets and ripe berry fruits which follow through to a well-structured and l...

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    £18.29
  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz (Case Of 6)
    £57.00

    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz (Case Of 6)

    Indaba

    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz by Indaba comes from grapes grown mainly in vineyards surrounding Paarl, a region with a Rhône-like climate that is ideal for...

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    £57.00
  • Forge Mill Shiraz Cinsaut
    £8.55

    Forge Mill Shiraz Cinsaut

    Forge Mill

    Forge Mill Shiraz Cinsaut is an exciting blend of Shiraz and Cinsault introduces an array of ripe berry fruit aromas that follow through into a jui...

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    £8.55
  • Ernie Els Merlot
    £23.25

    Ernie Els Merlot

    Ernie Els

    The medium bodied Ernie Els Merlot shows the sparkle of the vintage with a fresh acidity and delicate red fruits. Laced with ripe plums, morello ch...

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    £23.25
  • The Stellenbosch Reserve Merlot
    £17.90

    The Stellenbosch Reserve Merlot

    The Stellenbosch Reserve

    The Stellenbosch Reserve Merlot is an enticing bright ruby colour, with wonderful Turkish delight and dark chocolate aromas, subtle black cherry an...

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    £17.90
  • Rustenberg John X Merriman
    £17.80

    Rustenberg John X Merriman

    Rustenberg

    Rustenberg John X Merriman is a powerful wine that rewards ageing. In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, blackcurrant and ...

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    £17.80
  • Indaba Braai Cabernet Sauvignon
    £10.95

    Indaba Braai Cabernet Sauvignon

    Indaba

    The essence of a Braai is captured in this bold Cabernet Sauvignon which has aromas and flavours of dark berries, earth and smoke - the ideal compl...

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    £10.95
  • Glenelly Estate Reserve Rouge
    £16.95

    Glenelly Estate Reserve Rouge

    Glenelly Estate

    The Glenelly Estate Reserve Rouge has a dark, deep and rich ruby colour. There are aromas of blackcurrant and spicy plum fruit, with notes of toast...

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    £16.95
  • Guardian Peak Frontier
    £12.95

    Guardian Peak Frontier Cabernet Sauvignon

    Guardian Peak

    Guardian Peak Frontier Cabernet Sauvignon has a really complex nose and palate, with aromas of plums, blueberries and notes of lead pencil shavings...

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    £12.95