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South African Wine

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Postby Rhyd6 » December 12th, 2018, 7:40 pm

Anyone got any recommendations? Haven't tried many SA wines but would appreciate if any one is able to offer suggestions. Like both red and white so am open to any of your preferences.

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Re: South African Wine

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Postby EssDeeAitch » December 13th, 2018, 4:53 am

Rhyd6 wrote:Anyone got any recommendations? Haven't tried many SA wines but would appreciate if any one is able to offer suggestions. Like both red and white so am open to any of your preferences.

R6


When I moved back to the UK in 1999 after 23 years in SA I knew the wines quite well but not one familiar lable was available in the UK. It seems that the exported wine is labeled differently to home market. Frustrating in the extreme I recall.

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Re: South African Wine

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Postby bungeejumper » December 13th, 2018, 3:42 pm

I'm not much of a wine buff - it takes a lot to make me shell out more than £8 or £10 for a bottle. Which might be the reason why I've only ever tasted SA wines that are either too coarse or too (ahem) unsophisticated for my palate. (Too much sun? Too much oak? Wrong soil? No idea.) But I'm struck by the number of South African wines in my local supermarket that seem to be trying to pass themselves off - largely unsuccessfully - as New Zealand. I reckon I could tell the difference blindfold. :( Would be quite interested to hear of any recommendations.

BJ

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Re: South African Wine

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Postby midnightcatprowl » December 13th, 2018, 8:30 pm

I love dry white wine and drink quite a lot of South African dry white wine. I suppose it all depends on just how sophisticated you are and the depth of your purse! I have very definite tastes in wine but they are my own tastes rather than being 'informed' as it were by anyone else. I would regard paying more than £8 for a bottle of wine as a definite 'treat' rather than an everyday pleasure.

I'd just mention that the Co-op, even in its smaller stores, sells a bigger range of fairtrade wine than you'd find in most places, both red and white and a lot of it from South Africa. By and large it isn't expensive nor ultra cheap but it is an interesting range to try out.

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Re: South African Wine

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Postby BrummieDave » December 19th, 2018, 4:54 pm

If I see anything red by 'Journey's End' in my local supermarket, especially if it's on special offer, I usually buy it and haven't been disappointed yet.

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Re: South African Wine

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Postby tsr2 » January 3rd, 2019, 9:14 am

As I posted a while back there are some very nice South African Chenin Blancs, sometimes blended with Viognier.

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Re: South African Wine

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Postby Rhyd6 » January 3rd, 2019, 4:09 pm

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. We've had a Majestic voucher from Santa so a trip to Chester is called for. Hopefully we'll be able to sample before buying as there are one or two SA wines I quite fancy.

R6


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