South Africa’s Best Value Wines at Under R100 a bottle – 18 months to July 2015

FINDING good wine on sale for less than R50 a bottle has become a big ask, and not only in terms of reds. It might be so that there’s far less rubbish being made these days, but at under R50 there’s plenty of plonk, pedestrian and boring stuff as well as simple fruity drinks that are more like cooldrinks than products of the vine. R100 a bottle has become a new price threshold in South Africa – wines below this level and which promise enjoyment and some interest value are what many of us want to stock up on for anytime enjoyment in between those special occasions.

The wines recommended below have all been highly rated by one or more of the top panels in or outside South Africa during the past 18 months – all priced at below R100 per bottle/750ml at the cellar door or as regards approximate retail prices if unavailable from the producers. Vintages of highly rated wines at under R100 pb from January 2014 to July 2015 that were known to be sold out at the time of writing have been omitted from this listing.

Great Value SA Red Wines

CABERNET SAUVIGNON HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

A Few Good Men Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Riebeek Cellars) – R65
Brampton Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – R65
Bushmanspad Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – R90
Darling Cellars Reserve Terra Hutton Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – R48
Douglas Green Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (DGB) – R55
Elgin Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – R75
Franschhoek Cellar The Churchyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – R58
Het Vlock Casteel Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – R80
Landskroon Paul de Villiers Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – R91
Landzicht Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012 – R58
Leopard’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – R47
Linton Park Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – R95
McGregor Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012 – R65
Ormonde ‘Chip off the Old Block’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – R59
Rustenberg Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – R95
Simonsvlei Hercules Paragon Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – R85
Slowine Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Villiersdorp Cellar) – R55
Sumsaré Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – R85
Swartland Winery Bush Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – R99
Usana The Fox Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – R80

MERLOT HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

Arabella Merlot 2014 – R40
Boschendal 1685 Merlot 2014 – R90
Botha Merlot 2013 – R42
Delheim Woolworths Oakleaf Merlot 2013 – R75
Fort Simon Merlot 2012 – R73
Landskroon Paul de Villiers Merlot 2012 – R91
Lyngrove Collection Merlot 2014 – R55
Rustenberg Stellenbosch Merlot 2013 – R95

PINOT NOIR HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

Balance Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Noir 2014 (Overhex) – R49
Limelight Pinot Noir 2012 (De Wetshof) – R82
Paul Cluver Village Pinot Noir 2013 – R75

PINOTAGE HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

Alvi’s Drift ADS Pinotage 2013 – R48
Boland Cellar Reserve Pinotage 2011 – R77
Cloof Pinotage 2011 – R75
Diemersfontein Pinotage 2013 – R92
Doran Pinotage 2012 – R69
Du Toitskloof Pinotage 2012 – R42
Earthbound Organic Pinotage 2012 – R60
Fat Bastard Pinotage 2012 (Robertson Winery) – R87
Fish Hoek Pinotage 2014 (Accolade) – R35
Five’s Reserve Pinotage 2013 (Van Loveren) – R52
Franschhoek Cellar Stone Bridge Pinotage 2013 – R50
Golden Triangle Pinotage 2012 (Stellenzicht) – R95
Hidden Valley Pinotage 2013 – R90
Koopmanskloof Pinotage 2012 – R39
Maastricht Pinotage 2013 – R80
Major’s Hill Pinotage 2011 – R75
Malkopbaai Pinotage 2012 (Teubes) – R60
Merwida Pinotage 2011 – R66
Namaqua Pinotage 2012 – R29
Nuy Barrel Selection Pinotage 2013 – R90
Rooiberg Pinotage Reserve 2013 – R75
Simonsvlei Premier Pinotage 2013 – R38
Slowine Pinotage 2013 (Villiersdorp Cellar) – R55
The Dry Land Collection Pinotage 2012 (Perdeberg) – R85
The Grinder Pinotage 2013 (Grape Grinder) – R45

SHIRAZ HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

A Few Good Men Shiraz 2012 (Riebeek Cellars) – R65
BC Shiraz 2012 (Brandvlei) – R28
Black Pearl The Mischief Maker Shiraz 2012 – R75
Boland Cellar Reserve Shiraz 2011 – R77
Boschendal 1685 Shiraz 2012 – R90
Cloof The Very Sexy Shiraz 2012 – R75
D’Aria SV Shiraz 2011 – R85
Doran Shiraz 2012 – R90
Excelsior Paddock Shiraz 2013 – R60
Fairview Shiraz 2013 – R80
Fat Bastard Shiraz 2013 (Robertson Winery) – R87
First Sighting Shiraz 2012 (Strandveld) – R78
Fleur du Cap Shiraz 2013 (Bergkelder) – R79
Four Paws Shiraz 2012 – R90
Franschhoek Cellar Baker Station Shiraz 2014 – R58
Garden Route Shiraz 2012 (De Krans) – R65
Glenelly The Glass Collection Syrah 2011 – R75
Jason’s Hill Shiraz 2012 – R55
Kleinhoekkloof Shiraz 2011 – R85
Koelenbosch Shiraz 2011 (Koelenhof) – R57
Langverwacht 4 Barrel Shiraz 2012 – R72
Org de Rac Shiraz 2013 – R78
Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2014 (Boekenhoutskloof) – R60
Pulpit Rock Shiraz Reserve 2012 – R99
Rooiberg Shiraz Reserve 2013 – R75
Rustenberg Stellenbosch Syrah 2012 – R95
Sir Lambert The Admiral’s Shiraz 2012 – R80
Slowine Shiraz 2012 (Villiersdorp Cellar) – R55
The Dry Land Collection Shiraz 2012 (Perdeberg) – R85
Virgin Earth Lost Barrel Shiraz 2007 – R95
Windmeul Shiraz Reserve 2012 – R90
Zevenwacht Syrah 2011 – R85

NICHE RED VARIETIES HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

Les Coteaux Cabernet Franc 2012 (Mont du Toit) – R76

Tormentoso Old Vine Cinsaut 2013 (MAN Vintners) – R79

Fish Hoek Malbec 2014 (Accolade) – R35

RED BLENDS HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

Alto Rouge 2012 – R81
Angels Tears Red 2012 (Grande Provence) – R35
AnnexKloof Tulu 2012 – R78
Asara Vineyard Collection Cape Fusion 2012 – R75
Ashton Kelder Roodewal 2012 – R95
Barton Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – R85
Beyerskloof Synergy 2013 – R85
Bilton Matt Black 2009 – R85
Bon Courage Hillside Red Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2012 – R52
Boplaas Woolworths Portuguese Connection 2013 – R59
Boschendal 1685 S&M Shiraz Mourvèdre 2013 – R90
Boschendal 1685 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – R90
Boschendal Lanoy Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012 – R59
Boschendal Larone Shiraz Mourvèdre 2013 – R59
Cloof Duckitt 2012 – R55
D’Aria Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012 – R85
Eikendal
Charisma 2013 – R90
Fairview Extraño 2011 – R70
Flagstone Dragon Tree 2012 – R80
Groenland Antoinette Marié 2010 – R98
Jason’s Creek Classic Red 2012 (Jason’s Hill) – R42
Laibach The Ladybird 2012 – R95
Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Grand Vin 2012 – R90
Linton Park De Slange Rivier 2011 – R55
Lomond SMV 2013 – R99
Louisvale Dominique 2013 – R75
Marvelous Blue 2013 (Yardstick) – R95
Meerkat Burrow Blend 2011 (Welbedacht) – R40
Nabygelegen Scaramanga 2014 – R90
Neethlingshof Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012 – R80
Painted Wolf Peloton Rouge 2009 – R95
Pearlstone Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2012 (Rhebokskloof) – R57
Raka Quinary 2011 – R99
Rebus 2003 (Romond) – R60
Rickety Bridge The Foundation Stone 2012 – R85
Roodeberg 2013 (KWV) – R64
SAAM Mountain Shiraz Mourvèdre Petit Verdot 2012 (Perdeberg) – R70
Simonsig The SMV 2013 (Shiraz, Mourv, Viog) – R75
Thandi Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – R49
The Dry Land Collection Joseph’s Legacy 2012 (Perdeberg) – R91
The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier 2014 (Boekenhoutskloof) – R47
Tormentoso Syrah Mourvèdre 2013 (MAN Vintners) – R89
Two Oceans Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013 (Distell) – R40
Welvanpas De Krakeelhoek Rood 2012 – R65
Zorgvliet Silver Myn Argentum 2013 – R55

Great Value SA White Wines

CHARDONNAY HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

A Few Good Men Chardonnay 2014 (Riebeek Cellars) – R37
Alvi’s Drift AD Chardonnay 2013 – R85
Boland Cellar Reserve Chardonnay 2012 – R63
Brampton Chardonnay 2014 – R60
Constantia Uitsig Chardonnay Unwooded 2013 – R90
De Wet Cellar Chardonnay 2013 – R32
Dieu Donné Chardonnay 2014 – R85
Dombeya Chardonnay 2013 (Haskell) – R95
Edgebaston Chardonnay 2013 – R85
Franschhoek Cellar Our Town Hall Unoaked Chardonnay 2014 – R50
Goudini Unwooded Chardonnay 2014 – R35
Hartenberg Chardonnay 2013 – R95
Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Chardonnay 2014 – R49
KWV Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay 2013 – R85
Le Bonheur Chardonnay 2014 – R75
Rickety Bridge Chardonnay 2013 – R85
Riebeek Cellars Chardonnay 2014 – R37
Robertson Winery Kings River Chardonnay 2013 – R77
Rustenberg Unwooded Chardonnay 2014 – R75
Simonsig Chardonnay 2013 – R90
Six Hats Chardonnay 2014 (Citrusdal) – R49
Swartland Winery Chardonnay 2014 – R33
Uitkyk Chardonnay 2013 – R80
Zevenwacht Chardonnay 2013 – R80

CHENIN BLANC HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

Alvi’s Drift ADS Chenin Blanc 2014 – R40
Bellingham The Old Orchards Chenin Blanc 2013 – R95
Boland Cellar Five Climates Chenin Blanc 2014 – R32
Boland Cellar Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 – R63
Boschendal Rachel’s Chenin Blanc 2014 – R47
De Wet Cellar Chenin Blanc 2014 (Cream Capsule) – R32
Deetlefs Chenin Blanc 2013 – R79
Doran Chenin Blanc 2012 – R69
Earthbound Organic Chenin Blanc 2014 – R50
Franschhoek Cellar La Cotte Mill Chenin Blanc 2014 – R40
Jordan Inspector Péringuey Chenin Blanc 2014 – R94
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2014 – R77
Knorhoek Pantére Chenin Blanc 2013 – R90
KWV Cathedral Cellar Chenin Blanc 2013 – R85
Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Chenin Blanc 2014 – R70
Lutzville Diamond Collection Oaked Chenin Blanc 2012 – R74
Mooiplaas Chenin Blanc Bush Vines 2013 – R85
Mulderbosch Steen op Hout Chenin Blanc 2014 – R70
Nuy Chenin Blanc 2014 – R34
Pearlstone Chenin Blanc 2014 (Rhebokskloof) – R46
SAAM Mountain Middelburg Chenin Blanc 2013 (Perdeberg) – R74
Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2014 – R42
Simonsig Woolworths Chenin Blanc Sur Lie 2013 – R65
Spier Signature Chenin Blanc 2014 – R39
Star Hill Chenin Blanc 2012 – R85
Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2014 – R47
Swartland Winery Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2014 – R59
The Dry Land Collection Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2013 (Perdeberg) – R77
Tormentoso Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2014 (MAN Vintners) – R79
Uitkyk Chenin Blanc 2013 – R70
Welgemeend Chenin Blanc 2014 – R65
Windmeul Chenin Blanc Reserve 2013 – R7

SAUVIGNON BLANC HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

Anura Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2013 – R95
Ashton Kelder Sauvignon Blanc 2014    R38
Backsberg John Martin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – R91
Bella Vino Sublime White Sauvignon Blanc NV  (Jason Neal) – R30
Bellingham Ancient Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R55
Boplaas Bobbejaanberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R80
Boschendal 1685 Sauvignon Blanc Grand Cuvée 2014 – R80
Brampton Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R60
Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R98
Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R95
Conradie Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R45
D’Aria Music Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R42
De Bos Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (Bosman) – R80
Deetlefs Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R59
Die Mas Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R55
Douglas Green Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (DGB) – R55
Du Plevaux Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (Imbuko) – R65
Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R90
Eikendal Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R80
Ernie Els Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R85
Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R39
First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (Strandveld) – R73
Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2013 – R80
Franschhoek Cellar Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R50
Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R99
Hidden Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R90
Jordan Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R90
Klein Roosboom Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R75
Koopmanskloof Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R30
Lace by Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R75
Lord’s Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R70
Maastricht Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R60
Niel Joubert Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R45
Ormonde ‘Chip off the Old Block’ Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R59
Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R75
Protea Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (Anthonij Rupert) – R50
Rare Earth SAV 2013 – R35
Saronsberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R80
Saxenburg Private Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R95
Seven Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – R77
Sir Lambert Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R75
Spier Woolworths Windy Peak Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R90
Stellenrust Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R51
Stone Road Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (Louisvale) – R40
Sutherland Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (Thelema) – R75
Swartland Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R33
Teubes Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R95
TSW Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (Trizanne) – R80
Uitkyk Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R70
Windmeul Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R40
Zonnebloem Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (Distell) – R85

NICHE WHITE VARIETIES HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

Langverwacht Colombard 2014 – R29
Orange River Cellars Colombard 2014 – R29

Altydgedacht Gewürztraminer 2014 – R70
Paul Cluver Gewürztraminer 2014 – R80

Bergsig Weisser Riesling 2013 – R52
Nitida Riesling 2014 – R85

Franschhoek Vineyards Semillon 2014 (Franschhoek Cellar) – R75
Ondine Semillon 2013 (Ormonde) – R66

Alvi’s Drift ADS Viognier 2014 – R46
Saronsberg Viognier 2013 – R95

WHITE BLENDS HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

Allée Bleue Isabeau 2013 (White Blend) – R98
Alvi’s Drift AD CVC 2013 (Chenin, Viog, Chard) – R90
Du Plevaux Chenin Blanc Viognier 2014 (Imbuko) – R65
Leeuwenkuil Family Reserve White 2011 – R60
Lomond SSV 2013 (Sauvignon B, Sem, Viog) – R69
Nitida Woolworths Reserve 2013 (White Blend) – R80
Porcupine Ridge Viognier Grenache Blanc 2014 (Boekenhoutskloof) – R60
Roodeberg 2014 (White Blend, KWV) – R64
Short Street CGV 2014 (White Blend, Riebeek Cellars) – R50
The Dry Land Collection Chardonnay Viognier 2013 (Perdeberg) – R77
The Wolftrap Viognier Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc 2014 (Boekenhoutskloof) – R47
Tygerberg Chatelaine 2014 (White Blend, Altydgedacht) – R50
Vrede en Lust White Mischief 2014 – R69
Flagstone Treaty Tree Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Reserve 2014 (White Blend) – R92
Spier Creative Block 2 2014 (White Blend) – R85
Treasure Hunter Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – R60

Great Value SA Sparkling Wines

CAP CLASSIQUE HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

Kleine Zalze Brut NV – R90
Kleine Zalze Brut Rosé NV – R90
Olive Brook Mirabilis Chardonnay Pinot Noir MCC 2009 (Spar) – R90
Secret Cellar MCC Blanc de Blanc NV  (Ultra) – R60

Great Value SA Sweet Wines

UNFORTIFIED DESSERT HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Special Late Harvest 2013 – R52
Slanghoek
Crème de Chenin Natural Sweet 2013 – R40 (500 ml)

FORTIFIED DESSERT HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

Badsberg Hanepoot Jerepigo 2013 – R55
Badsberg
Red Muscadel 2013 – R58
Bon Courage
Red Muscadel 2014 – R65

Calitzdorp Cellar Golden Jerepigo NV – R45
Calitzdorp Cellar Hanepoot 2014 – R45
De Wet Cellar White Muscadel 2013 – R31
Grundheim Rosyntjiewyn NV – R53
Landzicht Red Muscadel 2014 – R42
Montagu Cellar Red Muscadel 2014 – R47
Nuy Red Muscadel 2013 – R45
Nuy White Muscadel 2013 – R45
Orange River Cellars Red Muscadel 2013 – R47
Orange River Cellars White Muscadel 2013 – R44
Oude Rust Red Muscadel 2014 (Mooiuitsig) – R33
Wonderfontein Red Muscadel 2011 – R45
Wonderfontein White Muscadel 2012 – R40

PORT STYLE HIGHLY RATED & UNDER R100

Badsberg Cape Vintage 2009 – R72
Bergsig Cape Vintage 2004 – R73
Boplaas
Cape Ruby NV – R60
Boplaas Cape Vintage 2013 – R75
Calitzdorp Cellar Cape Ruby NV – R45
De Krans Cape Ruby NV – R60
De Krans Cape Vintage 2013 – R80
De Wet Cellar 
Cape Vintage 2008 – R40
Du Toitskloof
Cape Ruby 2010 – R61 (500 ml)
KWV Cape Tawny NV – R80
Landskroon
Cape Vintage 2011 – R82
Landzicht
Cape Ruby 2011 – R42
Montagu Cape Ruby 2013 – R53
Muratie Cape Ruby NV – R80
Namaqua Cape Ruby NV – R37
Orange River Cellars Cape Ruby 2012 – R44
Riebeek Cellars Cape Ruby NV – R60
Robertson Winery Cape Ruby 2008 – R71
Stettyn Cape Vintage 2008 – R50 (500 ml)