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9 South African Red Wines for any Summer Occasion

South African Red Wines for any occasion.

We are really blessed in South Africa with some spectacular wine estates. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite South African red wines from a number of these fine wine estates. Enjoy!


Rustenberg John X Merriman - 2014

Rustenberg John X Merriman – 2014

Named after a former owner of Rustenberg, John Xavier Merriman, this South African red wine worth keeping in your cellar for a good few years. Bring it out on a special occasion.

Tasting Notes:

The John X Merriman is a powerful wine that rewards ageing. In its youth, the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, black currant and dark fruits complemented with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes.
As the wine ages and its fine-grained tannins soften a softer more savoury palate develops revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity.


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Stellar Organics Live-A-Little Somewhat Sweet & Soulful

In contrast to the John X Merriman, the Live-A-Little Somewhat Sweet and Soulful is a playful fun loving wine. Perfect for most occasions and especially parties.

Tasting Notes:

A semi-sweet red wine with a sweet cherry and candy floss nose. This juicy wine impresses with red fruits on the palate and a soft smooth finish.


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Robertson Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot - 2016

Robertson Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot – 2016

If Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot pleases your palate then Robertson’s blend is worth trying.

Tasting Notes:

A fruity soft dry red, with smooth round berry flavours and a herbaceous brambly character.

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Simonsig Frans Malan - 2002 - 2006Simonsig Frans Malan – 2002 – 2006

This is one of those South African red wines that is just perfect for the Christmas season. The Frans Malan from Simonsig is a Pinotage Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend that is also well worth cellaring for a few years if you happen to get one as a gift.

Tasting Notes:

With a deep Persian carpet red colour, the collaboration of the three grape varieties showcases layers of perfume, plums and cranberries. Decadent flavours of moist fruit cake portray the palate with subtle nuances of cinnamon spice and fynbos.

Decadent flavours of moist fruit cake portray the palate with subtle nuances of cinnamon spice and fynbos.

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Beau Pas De Nom Red - 2014Beau Pas De Nom Red – 2014

Created as a tribute to farm manager Japie Bronn, the Pas De Nom Red is an excellent choice for any special occasion or tribute of your own.

Tasting Notes:

The Pas De Nom Red has a dark, rich red colour. Upfront notes of black cherry and liquorice with underlying hints of a slightly leafy earthiness. The ripe, dark fruit flavours follow seamlessly onto the beautifully rich and structured palate.

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Jordan Chameleon Rosé - 2015Jordan Chameleon Rosé – 2015

If you are looking for something a little fruity then Jordan’s Chameleon Rosé could be the perfect blend for your next occasion.

Tasting Notes:

A dry classic French “blanc de noir” style made from a free-run juice blend of shiraz and merlot. Extended pre-fermentation skin contact gives the wine its brilliant cherry pink hue.

Harvested earlier to retain fresher acids and treated very reductively in the cellar, this helps to capture the primary fruit flavours of strawberry coulis & dried cranberries with delicate spiciness.

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Spier Creative Block 3 - 2013Spier Creative Block 3 – 2013

Fancy award-winning South African red wines? This multi-award winning Rhône-style wine is the perfect companion for your beef, game and curry dishes.

Tasting Notes:

Introduction of subtle perfumed notes of violets, pomegranate and mulberry followed by spicy flavours of black pepper and coriander.

A silky, rich mid-palate follows with follows with concentration of fruit and dense, silky tannins.

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Boschendal Larone - 2015Boschendal Larone – 2015

A wonderful blend of Shiraz and Mourvèdre, this is a wine for any occasion.

Tasting Notes:

Young and vibrant plum, cherry and mulberry notes. Fruit mid-palate with spiciness. The Shiraz imparts a juicy fruit core while the Mourvèdre component softens and intensifies the mid-palate with discernible gummy fruit notes.

An easy silky palate – well integrated and smooth, with a lingering dark berry fruit finish. Ripe tannin imparts good drinkability that offers a broad appeal.

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Bosman Nero d’Avola - 2015Bosman Nero d’Avola – 2015

Lastly, we end off with a South African red wine with a little Italian inspiration. Perfect with pasta or your favourite Italian dishes.

Tasting Notes:

A first in Africa. This is a full-bodied Sicilian heritage red wine with bold black cherry, plum and prune flavours.

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Feel free to share with us your favourite South African Red Wines in the comments below.

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