The Fine Wine Safari Top 10 Whites and Reds of the Year was a modest attempt to illustrate South Africa’s finest benchmark wines and styles for all to see and to give international collectors and drinkers a handful of names and labels to look out for. However, one of the absolute cornerstones of the recent global success of the South African wine category has been its incredible diversity and in many cases its inspired eccentricity combined with outright wine quality.
So in an attempt to show the more experimental and alternative “off-piste” face of South African wine, I have enjoyed compiling my Top 10 list of most memorable whites and reds of truly outstanding wines produced by producers who do not necessarily aspire to 100 point ratings or mass market appeal. Nevertheless, these wines are all more than worthy of a valued slot in your cellar!
(In the true spirit of these wines, they are not scored here and are presented in no particular order of preference!)
Alheit Family Wines Vote For Pedro 2017
Francois Bezuidenhout Leenders Baviaan White Blend 2018, 13 Abv.
Pieter Walser Blank Bottle Winery Epileptic Inspiration Semillon 2016, Elgin
Terracura Smiley V4 Chenin Blanc NV, Swartland
Donovan Rall Grenache Blanc 2017, Swartland
Andre Bruyns City on a Hill Dry Muscat de Alexandrie 2017, Swartland
Bosman Family Wines Fides Skin Contact Grenache Blanc 2016, Wellington
Iona 8 + 8 Riesling 2017, Elgin
A.A.Badendorst Family Wines Geelkapel Dry Muscat de Frontignan 2017, Swartland
Momento Grenache Gris 2017, Voor-Paardeberg