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Uber Value SA Wine Guide 2017 – highly rated and under R100 a bottle

OF ALL THE wines to receive very good reviews from one or more of the top panels locally or internationally in 2017, these rank as South Africa’s best value at under R100 a bottle – including some platinum award winners, even some trophy winners. The prices given below are those at the cellar door as supplied by the producers, or approximate retail prices in

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Top SA Wine Ratings in October 2017 – and ‘best value’ reviews

SHEW! October 2017 has been a month of South Africa’s Veritas Awards and the Six Nations Wine Challenge, the SA Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition, the Perold Cape Blend and Pinotage Rosé taste-offs, Winemag’s SA Chardonnay Report and the Ultra Value Wine Challenge. The standout laureates over the past few weeks as follows: Cape West Shiraz Pinotage 2015 (Namaqua) Top

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South Africa’s top wine shops online, on shelf, on price, on service, et al

THERE ARE plenty of wine shops with an online presence delivering South African vino to most corners of the country and around the world, but who’s doing the best job, how to weigh them up against one another, where to go for that elusive beauty or special bargain from the Cape? A survey of which stores offer a good number of the

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Wellington’s Imbuko Wines wins award for Best Value Producer 2017

IMBUKO of Wellington has been judged Best Value Producer in Getaway magazine’s 2017 ‘Best Value Wines’ Guide, with three Imbuko bottlings among the 14 winners of a competition culminating in Value Awards for South African wines selling at no more than R80 pb. Those offering ‘best bang for your buck’ were mainly from Wellington, Worcester and the Breedekloof wards of

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South Africa’s Uber Value Wines – Best of the Best at Under R100 in 2015

OF ALL THE reds, whites, desserts and ports to receive good reviews in 2015, those honoured as ‘Uber Value’ on Top Wine SA are South Africa’s Best Value Wines with the Best Track Records at Under R100 a bottle. All top-rated – gold, double gold or platinum, 90 points or better out of 100, highly recommended, 5 Stars, trophy laureates, competition winners –

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Best value red blends – lots to choose from at under R100 a bottle

THE RED BLENDS from South Africa’s winelands that were the subject of good reviews in 2015 include plenty to choose from at under R100 a bottle. At under R50 there are fun labels such as Balance (depicted by an elephant on a stool) from Worcester’s Overhex, wines with a story behind them such as Sixpence of Opstal, Rawsonville, as well less frivolous

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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

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Three classified wines among good value Pinotage options under R100

REALLY GOOD Pinotage at under R100 a bottle is becoming increasingly scarce – particularly if you’re looking for wine with a really good track record over the past 10 years. However, of the bottlings that did bring smiles to the faces on one or more of the top tasting panels in 2015 and whose price tags have been kept to double digits,

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Best Value Chenin – top-rated Chenin Blanc under R50, under R100

AT UNDER R50 a bottle, South Africa’s top Chenin Blancs in 2015 include several classified wines, namely Alvi’s Drift ADS from Worcester, Simonsig of Stellenbosch and Windmeul from Paarl. Stretch to R100 a bottle, and your options expand to encompass the Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection, one of the Top 10 Chenin Blancs in the country on the basis of great track

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Finding good SA Cabernet under R100 a bottle is a big ask, and yet…

IT’S VERY DIFFICULT to find a classified Cabernet Sauvignon in South Africa at under R100 a bottle these days – a wine of the quality that’s recognised with good reviews for several vintages over the past 10 years, let alone year after year. What you will find is a bunch of wines with interest value and some more than others –

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Top SA Chardonnay at under R100 a bottle – even under R50 a bottle!

WHEN BARGAIN-HUNTING for good South African Chardonnay at under R100 a bottle, generally speaking it pays to look at what’s coming out of the cellars up and down either side of the Breede River, from the top end of the Breedekloof just south of Wolseley, through Rawsonville and Worcester to Robertson and Bonnievale, where Fröhlich Family Wines are among the newcomers

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Inaugural Ultra Value Wine Challenge picks up where Best Value Wine Guide left off

THE FIRST Ultra Value Wine Challenge for SA wines priced at under R100 a bottle was a curious affair with the judges scoring “almost 500” wines according to a 100-point scale involving both quality and price. Top value rating of 99 went to the Bordeaux-style red blend Dominique 2013 from Louisvale in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch – which at R75pb must be a case

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BEST VALUE: highly rated South African wines at under R50 a bottle – July 2015

AN EARLIER POST listed South African wines that were (a) below R100 a bottle, (b) highly rated during the 18 months to July 2015, and (c) likely to still be available for purchase. The response was a call to cut to the chase, to come up with the most easily affordable recommendations suitable for a very casual lunch or supper: what’s out

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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.

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BEST VALUE: South Africa’s top red wines at under R70 pb

SOUTH AFRICA’S best value red wines at under R70 a bottle from the cellar door as rated in 2014 & 2013, with the vintages that received two or more good reviews from expert tasting panels locally or internationally underscored. TOP SA CABERNET SAUVIGNON UNDER R70 A Few Good Men Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Riebeek Cellars) Brampton Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Cronier Estienne

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BEST VALUE: South Africa’s top white wine at under R50 pb

SOUTH AFRICA’S best value white wines at under R50 a bottle from the cellar door as rated in 2014 & 2013, with vintages to have received two or more good reviews from expert tasting panels locally or internationally underscored. TOP SA CHARDONNAY UNDER R50 Boland Cellar Five Climates Chardonnay 2013 De Wet Chardonnay 2013 Durbanville Hills Chardonnay 2013 Franschhoek Cellar

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South Africa’s top Pinot Noir ratings in 2013 and the best Pinot Noir at under R150 a bottle – the experts’ choice

TOP SA PINOT NOIR in 2013… The following wines achieved outstanding reviews from top panels judging ‘blind’: TOP SOUTH AFRICAN PINOT NOIR RATINGS IN 2013 Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak 2011 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide Chamonix Reserve 2011 – Trophy at Classic Wine Trophy Competition Chamonix Reserve 2012 – Double Gold Medal at Six Nations Wine Challenge, 4½ Stars in Platter’s

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South Africa’s top Merlot ratings in 2013 as well as the best Merlot at under R100 a bottle – the experts’ choice

AS IN MANY previous years, there were slim pickings when it came to the very top SA Merlot in 2013… Only the following wines achieved really outstanding reviews from the judges at blind-tastings in 2013: TOP SOUTH AFRICAN MERLOT RATINGS IN 2013 De Grendel 2010 – Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards Eagles’ Nest 2009 – Double Gold Medal at

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South Africa’s top Shiraz / Syrah ratings in 2013, plus the best Shiraz at under R100 a bottle – the experts’ choice

TOP SA SHIRAZ in 2013… The following wines achieved outstanding reviews from the judges at blind-tastings around the world during the past 12 months: TOP SOUTH AFRICAN SHIRAZ RATINGS IN 2013 Asara 2010 – Gold Medal at Trophy Wine Show Boekenhoutskloof 2003 – 5 Stars in Christian Eedes Report Boekenhoutskloof 2011 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide Boschendal Reserve Collection 2011 – Trophy at

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South Africa’s top Cabernet Sauvignon ratings in 2013 and best SA Cabernet at under R100 a bottle – experts’ choice

TOP SA CABS in 2013… The following wines achieved outstanding reviews from the judges at blind-tastings around the world during the past 12 months: TOP SOUTH AFRICAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON RATINGS IN 2013 Boekenhoutskloof 2011 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide Cederberg Five Generations 2011 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide, Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards Delaire Graff Reserve 2009 – Trophy at

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