Top 10 Best South African Red Wines

31st July 2021

If Bordeaux grapes represent the past in the Cape, Rhône varieties are the present and future.

Twenty years ago the great Charles Back at Fairview realised that Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault, all classic Rhône grapes, were more suited to the Mediterranean climate of most of the Cape than Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot which thrive in the more moderate temperatures of Bordeaux. The Cape has a heritage of Cinsault and Grenache – note the old plantings at Piekenierskloof and Badenhorst. But Syrah/Shiraz is a later arrival; as this grape does not deliver its best from young vines it’s taken time to realise the exciting potential.

Listed below is our top 10 best South African Red Wine selection for 2021
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Top 10 South African reds ready for drinking in 2021…

Badenhorst, Secateurs Red, Swartland, 2019

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Badenhorst, Secateurs Red, Swartland, 2019

Over the years this has changed from being a chunky blend based on Syrah to a more graceful one...

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD619

GrapeCinsault blend

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Domaine des Dieux, Josephine Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2015

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Domaine des Dieux, Josephine Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2015

From cool vineyards at the top of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. As the vines here age, this wine...

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionHemel-en-Aarde

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeDDD615

GrapePinot Noir

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations Shiraz, Robertson, 2018

Pretty raspberry and vanilla scent. Bright berried fruit with a hint of earthiness. Excellent...

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV618

GrapeSyrah/Shiraz

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Domaine des Dieux, Syrah-Mourvèdre, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2014

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Domaine des Dieux, Syrah-Mourvèdre, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2014

Made by Syrah specialist Niels Verburg of nearby Luddite, about 95% Syrah in this vintage,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionHemel-en-Aarde Ridge

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeDDD814

GrapeSyrah Mouvedre

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Cederberg, Shiraz, 2018

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Cederberg, Shiraz, 2018

Medium Bodied

Cederberg, Shiraz, 2018

David's Shiraz is unfailingly spectacular: given plenty of extraction and 60% new oak,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED818

GrapeShiraz

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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2020

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Piekenierskloof, Cinsault, 2020

From vines planted in 1976; half aged in tank and half in old oak. Like all the best Cinsault,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionPiekenierskloof

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePIK620

GrapeCinsault

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Koelfontein, Shiraz, Ceres, 2018

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Koelfontein, Shiraz, Ceres, 2018

This terrific Shiraz, given 20 months in new French barrels, is spectacular and has garnered a...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCeres

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeKOE618

GrapeShiraz

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Vriesenhof, Grenache / Shiraz / Mourvèdre, Stellenbosch 2018

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Vriesenhof, Grenache / Shiraz / Mourvèdre, Stellenbosch 2018

46% Grenache, 35% Shiraz and 19% Mourvèdre, given nine months in old oak. Traditionally framed...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionStellenbosch

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVRI118

GrapeGrenache, Shiraz & Mourvedre

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Piekenierskloof, Stonedance, Hutton Red, Swartland, 2019

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Piekenierskloof, Stonedance, Hutton Red, Swartland, 2019

A pleasing blend of Shiraz and Grenache. The nose has a pretty, cherry quality. On the palate,...

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeSTO619

GrapeShiraz & Grenache

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