Very best value SA red blends at R70pb or less in 2012

GREAT BUYS for the festive season… Red blends that have been highly recommended this year by one or more of the expert tasting panels around the world AND which cost no more than R70 a bottle – with prices given ex-cellar, or approximate retail if the public can’t buy directly from the producer:
BERNHEIM Classique 2008 – R70
BONNIEVALE CELLAR Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011 – R41
BRAMPTON OVR 2010 – R47
CLOOF The Ruby Darling 2011 – R30
EAGLE’S CLIFF Shiraz Pinotage 2011 – R30
EDGEBASTON The Berry Box 2010 – R65
EIKENDAL Rouge 2011 – R38
FLAGSTONE Longitude 2011 – R49
GUARDIAN PEAK Frontier 2010 – R70
KLEIN CONSTANTIA KC Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 – R46
KOELENHOF Koelenberg 2009 – R30
LANDSKROON Paul Hugo 2011 – R32
MORESON’S Miss Molly In My Bed Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 – R57
NOBLE SAVAGE Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 – R48
RUSTENBERG RM Nicholson 2010 – R70
STELLENBOSCH HILLS’ Polkadraai Pinotage Merlot 2010 – R32
UNIWINES’ Groot Eiland Shiraz Pinotage 2011 – R50
VAN LOVEREN Cramond Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 – R34
VEENWOUDEN Vivat Bacchus 2011 – R59
WATERSTONE’S Africa Bomvu Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011 – R57
WILDEKRANS Caresse Marine Cape Blend 2010 – R45
YONDER HILL Inanda 2008 – R69
ZEVENWACHT The Tin Mine 2010 – R60
ZONNEBLOEM Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier 2010 – R64
For a ‘virtual visit’ to these good-value cellars, click on the links above. For details of the awards and ratings, and for more premium versions of South African red blends that have received good reviews locally or internationally in 2012, click here.