Our Best Pick of Affordable SA Wines
We really are spoilt for choice when it comes to the best in wines, and especially when we can proudly say that it is definitively home grown. We’ve come up with the ultimate Top 5 guide to the Best SA wines that come with an even better price tag.
1. De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc
Translated as “the morning sun” the vineyards and cellars of De Morgenzon are greeted in the early morning by the sounds of Baroque music. Whether it is the music of the Renaissance or the exceptional grapes, the De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc is a world-class offering with an exquisite balance and complexity.
The Taste Sensation:
This show stopping white displays effusive aromas of white flower, stone fruit, honey and toast which erupt into opulent flavours of pear, orange blossom, caramel and spice.
2. Zandvliet My Best Friend Range
The Zandvliet My Best Friend range was originally conceptualized by cellar master Paul de Wet for his best friend who wanted a juicy, easy-drinking wine at fair value. We like his friend already! This wine certainly lives up to what it was created as – an easy to drink and highly pleasurable wine experience.
We Like These:
Zandvliet My Best Friend Sauvignon Blanc 2014
This wine teases the nose with flavours of passion fruit, pineapple and hints of gooseberry. These flavours follow through onto a juicy full palate with a clean mineral aftertaste.
Zandvliet My Best Friend Cape Red 2011
This wine welcomes you to an elegant nose filled with aromas of red fruit, plums and spice. These aromas follow through to an elegant palate that finishes with a smooth aftertaste.
Zandvliet My Best Friend Shiraz Rosé 2013
This wine delivers flavours of rose petals, strawberries and raspberries. These flavours follow through onto a supple palate that finishes with a refreshing crispness.
3. Bochendal 1685 Range
We like this wine not only for the uniquely curvaceous bottle but also for the intense flavours that are stored within each. Boschendal focus specifically on their Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz varieties, and have produced some excellent quality wines for your enjoyment.
We Like These:
This bold statement wine is big on aroma and flavours, combining a lemony, cinnamon, nutmeg nose with zesty citrus and ripe tropical fruit on the palate. Well balanced the soft, buttery character; from barrel fermentation and maturation adds to the complexity and roundness of the wine.
1685 Sauvignon Blanc
This straw-coloured wine has an aroma of herbs and tropical fruit, with hints of lime and green fig. These complex flavours carry through to the creamy, harmonious palate adding to the mineral zesty finish
1685 Shiraz Cab Sauvignon
Dense yet still vibrant red in colour with attractive layers of ripe red currants and concentrated berry fruits touches of liquorice and white spice on the nose. A juicy concentrated berry entry continues smoothly through the mid-palate with further lingering flavours of cassis, mocha and oak spice.
4. Eikendal Janina Unwooded Chardonnay
We like this wine for the vineyards belief in minimal intervention while the grapes grow, and for this wines extremely fresh and direct taste on the palate. A true unwooded Chardonnay that can be enjoyed immediately or in 2-3 years.
The Taste Sensation
Hints of mineral balanced with fresh citrus and perfume. All natural acidity which gives a long easy tight finish; this wine becomes richer and more concentrated with time.
5. Fairview Sauvignon Blanc
The Fairview Sauvignon Blanc 2013 makes the list at Number 5 for its delightful grapefruit and lime flavours, and of course, its good price.
The Taste Sensation:
Notes of passion fruit accompanied by bright citrus aromas on the nose. Grapefruit and subtle lime fill the palate and linger on the finish. The acidity gives good length and the mouth feel is full, rich and textured.