South Africa’s very best value wines at under R100 a bottle in 2016

OF ALL THE reds, whites, rosés, desserts and ports to receive very good reviews from one of the top panels locally or internationally in 2016, these rank as South Africa’s best value wines at under R100 a bottle – all highly rated, including some platinum award recipients, even some trophy winners.

The prices given below are those at the cellar door when surveyed during the year or approximate retail prices in the case of wineries that are closed to the public – availability and pricing must be confirmed with the producers or retailers, as wines can sell out or increase in price after particularly good reviews.

The areas and towns given after the names of the wines are where the cellars are located, which are sometimes different from where the grapes are grown.

Top SA White Wines at Under R100 – reviewed in 2016

CHARDONNAY

Bonnievale Wines Chardonnay 2016 – Bonnievale – R45pb
De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2016 – Robertson – R82pb
Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Unwooded Chardonnay 2015 – Stellenbosch – R52pb
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 2015 – Stellenbosch – R84pb
Kranskop Chardonnay 2015 – Robertson, Klaasvoogds – R63pb
Robertson Winery Constitution Road Chardonnay 2015 – Robertson CBD – R99pb

CHENIN BLANC

Allée Bleue Chenin Blanc 2015 – Franschhoek – R65pb
Boschendal Sommelier Selection Chenin Blanc 2015 – Franschhoek – R85pb
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2015 – Stellenbosch – R84pb
Koelenbosch Chenin Blanc Wood Matured 2014 (Koelenhof) – Stellenbosch, Koelenhof – R40pb
KWV Cathedral Cellar Chenin Blanc 2015 – Paarl CBD – R90pb
La Cave Chenin Blanc 2014 (Wellington Wines) – Wellington – R90pb
Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Collection Chenin Blanc 2015 – Franschhoek – R80pb
Mia Chenin Blanc 2016 (Stofberg) – Breedekloof, Rawsonville – R63pb
Niel Joubert Chenin Blanc 2016 – Paarl, Simonsberg – R40pb
The Dry Land Collection Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2014 (Perdeberg) – Paarl – R77pb
The Dry Land Collection Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015 (Perdeberg) – Paarl – R77pb
Van Loveren Chenin No. 5 2016 – Robertson – R37pb
Windmeul Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 – Paarl – R65pb

SAUVIGNON BLANC

Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – Cape Peninsula – R98pb
Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – Cederberg – R95pb
De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – Durbanville, Panorama – R85pb
Goedverwacht Great Expectations Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – Bonnievale – R50pb
Ken Forrester Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2015 – Somerset West, Helderberg – R80pb
Merwida Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – Breedekloof, Rawsonville – R56pb
Uitkyk Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – Stellenbosch, Simonsberg – R75pb

NICHE WHITE VARIETIES

Franschhoek Vineyards Semillon 2014 (Franschhoek Cellar) – Franschhoek – R83pb
Saronsberg Viognier 2014 – Tulbagh – R95pb
Silkbush Viognier 2016 – Breedekloof – R64pb

WHITE BLENDS – BORDEAUX STYLE

Barton Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015 – Bot River – R55pb
Flagstone Treaty Tree Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Reserve 2015 – Somerset West – R95pb
Running Duck Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016 (Stellar) – Klawer – R58pb
Spier Creative Block 2 2014 – Stellenbosch – R85pb

WHITE BLENDS – VARIOUS

Leipzig White 2015 – Worcester – R80pb
Longridge The Emily Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2016 – Stellenbosch, Helderberg – R65pb
Meander Chenin Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (uniWines) – Breedekloof, Rawsonville – R37pb
Painted Wolf Peloton Blanc 2014 – Paarl – R95pb
Saronsberg Provenance Earth in Motion 2016 – Tulbagh – R65pb
The Dryland Collection Rossouw’s Heritage 2015 (Perdeberg) – Paarl – R93pb
Val du Charron Four White Legs 2015 – Wellington – R74pb

Top SA Rosé Wines at Under R100 – reviewed in 2016

Allée Bleue Starlette Shiraz Rosé 2016 – Franschhoek – R48pb
Babylonstoren Mourvèdre Rosé 2016 – Paarl, Simonsberg – R97pb
Cavalli Pink Pony Grenache Rosé 2015 – Stellenbosch, Helderberg – R80pb
Excelsior Caitlyn Rosé 2016 – Ashton – R44pb
Fish Hoek Cinsault Rosé 2016 (Accolade) – Somerset West – R38pb
Goedverwacht Great Expectations Shiraz Rosé 2016 – Bonnievale – R50pb
Kleine Zalze Brut Rosé NV (Cap Classique Sparkling) – Stellenbosch – R99pb
Lace by Almenkerk Dry Rosé 2016 – Elgin – R90pb
Painted Wolf The Den Rosé 2016 – Paarl – R65pb
Piekenierskloof Grenache Rosé 2016 – Citrusdal Valley – R70pb
Saffronne Pinotage Rosé 2015 (Antebellum) – Riebeek Kasteel – R60pb
Simonsvlei Premier Shiraz Rosé 2016 – Paarl – R33pb
Thokozani Rosé 2015 (Diemersfontein) – Wellington – R52pb

Top SA Red Wines at Under R100 – reviewed in 2016

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

De Wet Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – Worcester – R40pb
Jakkalsvlei Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – Herbertsdale – R85pb
Jason’s Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – Breedekloof, Slanghoek Valley – R85pb
Merwida Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – Breedekloof, Rawsonville – R80pb
Rooiberg Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014 – Robertson – R85pb
Zevenwacht Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – Stellenbosch, Kuils River – R89pb

MERLOT

Het Vlock Casteel Merlot 2014 – Riebeek Kasteel – R90pb
Thandi Merlot 2014 – Stellenbosch – R45pb

PINOTAGE

Brampton Pinotage 2014 – Stellenbosch/Franschhoek – R67pb
Diemersdal Pinotage 2014 – Durbanville – R85pb
Du Toitskloof Pinotage 2015 – Breedekloof, Rawsonville – R42pb
Knorhoek Two Cubs Pinotage 2015 – Stellenbosch, Simonsberg – R50pb
Rooiberg Pinotage Reserve 2015 – Robertson – R85pb
The Dry Land Collection Pinotage 2014 (Perdeberg) – Paarl – R85pb

SHIRAZ / SYRAH

Boland Cellar Reserve Shiraz 2014 – Paarl – R95pb
Boschendal 1685 Shiraz 2014 – Franschhoek – R95pb
De Wet Cellar Shiraz 2015 – Worcester – R40pb
Diemersdal Shiraz 2015 – Durbanville – R85pb
Laborie Limited Collection Shiraz 2014 – Paarl – R85pb
Niel Joubert Shiraz 2013 – Paarl, Simonsberg – R55pb
Noble Hill Syrah 2014 – Paarl, Simonsberg – R90pb
Stellar Organics No Sulphur Added Shiraz 2015 – Klawer – R56pb

RED BLENDS – BORDEAUX STYLE

Cloof Duckitt 2015 – Darling – R55pb
Gabriëlskloof The Blend 2013 – Bot River – R85pb
Goedverwacht Great Expectations Triangle 2014 – Bonnievale – R70pb
Tin Hill Red 2015 (Signal Gun) – Durbanville – R75pb

RED BLENDS – RHÔNE STYLE

Lomond SMV 2015 – Gansbaai – R97pb
Zonnebloem Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier 2014 (Distell) – Stellenbosch – R76pb

RED BLENDS – VARIOUS

Boschendal The Pavillion Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – Franschhoek – R55pb
Orange River Cellars Lyra Vega 2013 – Upington – R86pb
Rainbow’s End Mystical Corner 2015 – Stellenbosch, Banghoek – R68pb
Solms Delta Hiervandaan 2014 – Franschhoek – R99pb
The Dry Land Collection Joseph’s Legacy 2013 (Perdeberg) – Paarl – R93pb

Top SA Sweet Wines at Under R100 – reviewed in 2016

DESSERT – FORTIFIED

Landzicht White Muscadel 2015 – Jacobsdal – R42pb
Nuy Red Muscadel 2010 – Worcester, Nuy – R42pb

CAPE PORT – FORTIFIED

Aan de Doorns Cape Ruby 2015 – Worcester – R45pb
Badsberg Cape Vintage 2009 – Breedekloof, Rawsonville – R75pb
Bergsig Cape LBV 2003 – Breedekloof – R78pb
Boplaas Cape Tawny Bin 1880 NV – Calitzdorp – R95pb
Boplaas Cape Vintage 2013 – Calitzdorp – R80pb
KWV Cape Tawny NV – Paarl – R85pb
Swartland Winery Cape Vintage 2010 – Malmesbury – R70pb

 

For details of the ratings and reviews, and for all other top-rated South African wines reviewed during the past year or two – including those available exclusively from particular retailers – click here.

 

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