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 Sauv... ››› more
Serving a particular wine at the optimum temperature is a crucial aspect to getting the best out of its flavour and aroma.
It's surprising how much the temperature you serve a wine at has on its taste.
So what's the best temperature to serve wine at?
Let's have a closer look…
The four key temperatures to serve wine at
You need to serve a sparkling wine ice cold
Whether ... ››› more
Going to a wine tasting? Or want to brush up on your red wine knowledge? This guide will help you get to grips with the key flavours and aromas of red wines.
Read on to uncover what you need to know about 14 of the most popular red grapes…
Here are some of the key tastes and aromas of 14 top red wines
Red wines tend to be fruity but, depending on the grape used, their tastes and arom... ››› more
Have you ever rushed to the shop to grab a bottle of white wine for a dinner party, only to find that the only bottles they have are all at room temperature?
Or what about those lovely reds you enjoy so much? The bottle says serve at room temperature, but when temperatures have soared well past 30°C, you can bet your bottom dollar that's not the temperature you're supposed to be serving it at... ››› more
We've all been there: You sit down at a restaurant you've never been to, confidently open the wine list and then… Disaster strikes: You don't recognise a single red wine on the list!
What do you do?
Should you admit defeat and just order a beer instead?
Not at all. Equipt with the wine picking tip below, you're sure to find a great red wine every time…
Use this essential wine picki... ››› more
Trophies… Country Clubs… Big swings… These are just some of the things South Africans associate with legendary sportsman like Ernie Else.
But if the “Big Easy” isn't a name you automatically associate with top red wines, it should be.
Ernie Els is more than just a golfer; he’s a top winemaker too!
“While men may dream different dreams, they are driven by ... ››› more
A quick look at your wine collection will show you more and more wines are blended. This little fact shouldn't stop you from enjoying great wine. A little variety, like that found in the Meerlust Red Blend 2011, gives wine a depth of flavour that'll keep your taste buds tantalised until the last drop. And there are even more reasons to add this delicious red wine to your wine list…
Wha... ››› more
If you've always thought you can only drink red wine with red meat… That they always need be inky red in colour, have an oaky flavour and high tannin content, it's time to rethink those ideas. The Winery of Good Hope Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 is fruity… Great with seafood… Fragrant… And it's changing the way wine lovers experience this much loved red wine. Here's why…
Pinot Noir – the... ››› more
Nestled in the Paarl wine lands, lies a true gem. It's the Welgemeend wine estate. For the past 40 years, wine lovers have treasured it for its ability to capture the essence of fine French wines in its local red Bordeaux blends. And now it's released a new red wine vintage to the market…
Bordeaux-blend? What does that mean?
Before we tell you about Welgemeend’s must-have addition to yo... ››› more
When it comes to fine wine, there's nothing better than sipping on a perfectly aged red wine. And waiting long enough to open a bottle of Cabernet, Pinotage and Shiraz can mean the difference between merely enjoying a wine and being blown away by its true potential. But here's the thing: Ageing wine can go horribly wrong. To make sure this doesn't happen to you, follow these essential wine storage... ››› more
A mere stone's throw away from the icy Atlantic Ocean and 45km from Cape Town lies one of the greatest wine gems in SA: The Helderberg Area. It's famous for the delicious red wines produced in this region. And those made in Spier's Bay View range fit this mould to perfection.
Helderberg Area reds are elegant, rich and intense! Just want you expect from a drain-your-glass wine
The Helderberg... ››› more
If you love red wine, we're willing to bet a good bottle of Shiraz isn't ever far from your dinner table. And when it comes to great local Shiraz's, Mount Vernon Estate's Three Peaks Cantata 2011 tops the experts' list of must-drink wines.
The big, bold wine flavours of blackberry, plum, chocolate and spice that come with every sip of Shiraz is enough to make anyone want another glass of this l... ››› more
Collaboration' is a word synonymous with the music industry all over the world. Musicians working together to blend their passions for an art form, aiming towards a harmonious finish to be enjoyed by like-minded enthusiasts. Partnerships such as this, which bring happiness to its consumers is how superstars become … Well … superstars. And now there's a wine that's done the same. “Birthed out... ››› more
What do rugby and fine red wine have in common? Aside from the fact that red wine goes down a treat with traditional rugby snacks like biltong and dry wors that is? To answer that, we need to go all the way back to 1928…
Alvi’s Drift has always been an estate surrounded by a high amount of interest.
It started way back in 1982, when founder, Albertus Viljoen van der Merwe (or Alvi to hi... ››› more
Starting a winery in the Cape is no easy task. If you're a winemaker in Paarl, your wines will be up against some of the most celebrated wines in the whole world! And if anyone is to notice your wines, you have to produce something extraordinary. And that's just what Ridgeback Winery did when they produced the dry red wine we'd like to tell you about today…
The Ridgeback Farm, located in N... ››› more
Merlot... Cabernet Sauvignon… Pinot Noir… They're all great red wines. And they frequently appear on menus and wine racks around the world. But these days, Shiraz reds are appearing more and more on these lists as well! After all, no wine lover can ignore the understated elegance and dependable flavours they offer your palate… And few can match the quality and taste of the four-star Platter ... ››› more
If you like your red wine full-bodied, dark in colour with hints of fruity flavours and savoury tastes, we're willing to bet you're a Cabernet Sauvignon fan. And few Cab Sauvs come better than the ones produced at Beau Joubert vineyard in Stellenbosch. And now, after five years in the vineyard's cellar, its 2008 vintage is finally ready for you to enjoy!
Wine drinkers and connoisseurs alike hav... ››› more
For years, Cabernet Sauvignons (Cab Savs), Pinotage and even Merlots, have dominated not only the top spots on prestigious wine rating lists, they've also captured (and held) the imagination of the most seasoned wine drinker. Not anymore! There's a new trend when it comes to red wine drinking (and collecting) and it's setting the wine industry alight…
After years of being passed over for sing... ››› more
Van Loveren wines are synonymous with awards. From its Christiana van Loveren Shiraz to its renowned Merlot, the vineyard is no stranger to racking up review stars and bagging awards for quality and value. Now, comes news that it's just released its first single varietal Pinot Noir - and it's sure to be winner…
“Our philosophy of grape-growing and winemaking is based on a long term uncompro... ››› more
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