Super Syrah ain’t cheap but there’s still reliable Shiraz at under R100

IF YOU’RE LOOKING for top-rated Shiraz in the bargain bins, there’s virtually nothing from South Africa at under R50 a bottle these days. However, between R50 and R100 there are a number of reliable wines that qualified for the 2015 SA Shiraz Classification, such are their good track records over the past 10 years.

The following all received good reviews in 2015 and the prices are those at the cellar door when surveyed earlier in the year, or approximate retail prices in the case of wineries that are closed to the public:


Boland Cellar Reserve 2013, Paarl – R77
Brampton 2013, Stellenbosch – R65
Cloof The Very Sexy 2012, Darling – R75
D’Aria SV 2013, Durbanville – R85
Douglas Green 2014 (DGB), Wellington – R55
Fat Bastard 2013 (Robertson Winery) – R87
First Sighting 2012 (Strandveld), Cape Agulhas – R78
Fleur du Cap 2013 (Bergkelder), Stellenbosch – R79
Glenelly The Glass Collection 2011, Stellenbosch – R75
Groenland Premium 2011, Bottelary/Stellenbosch- R98
Ormonde ‘Chip off the Old Block’ 2013, Darling- R59
Porcupine Ridge 2014 (Boekenhoutskloof), Franschhoek – R60
Simonsvlei Hercules Paragon 2013, Paarl- R85
Simonsvlei 2014, Paarl – R38
Slowine 2014 (Villiersdorp Cellar) – R55
Spencer Bay 2012 (Namaqua), Vredendal – R85
Splattered Toad 2014 (Cape Point), Noordhoek- R54
The Grinder 2013 (Grape Grinder), Paarl – R55
Two Oceans 2014 (Distell), Stellenbosch – R45
Waterlily 2013 (Bloemendal), Durbanville – R75
Windmeul Reserve 2013, Paarl – R95