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You don't have to go far to get your hands on a great bottle of red in South Africa… Here's your guide to SA's top reds

by , 23 October 2014

South African wines are renowned the world over. Over the last decade or so, our wines have really taken off overseas.

And if you prefer a glass of red, these are plenty of wines on your doorstep to explore.

Which should you choose?

Let's take a closer look at the top red South African wines…


The four top red South African wines are…

South African red wine #1: Cabernet Sauvignon


Some of the Cabernet Sauvignons you come across are very fruity. But a South African Cabernet Sauvignon comes with a more savoury hue.

As well as fruity undertones in this wine, you can expect a peppery taste too, the experts at Wine Folly explain.

If you’re a fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, head to Paarl, Stellenbosch or Franschhoek for a wine tour.


South African red wine #2: Syrah


Syrah is becoming a firm favourite overseas. This wine brims with a spicy fruity flavour against a chocolate backdrop.

This wine comes from various places across the country, and this affects its flavour.

If you prefer a more savoury wine, look to Paarl and Stellenbosch wineries. If a more intense wine is your preferred tipple, look to Robertson and Swartland wineries.


South African red wine #3: Pinotage


This is a uniquely South African grape variety.

It’s a very fruity wine, with spicy chocolate flavours adding to its taste.

A Pinotage is a full-bodied wine and tends to have quite a high alcohol content than other reds.


South African red wine #4: Merlot


The Merlot grape tends to end up with Cabernet Sauvignon as part of the blending process.

But if you’re looking for a straight Merlot, you can find several of these along the Cape’s coastal regions.

So there you have it. Your guide to the top South African reds.

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