The Fine Wine Safari Top 10 Red Wines 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 it’s inspired eccentricity combined with outright 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 reds, truly outstanding wines produced by producers that do not necessarily aspire to 100 point ratings or mass market appeal. Nevertheless, these wines are all more than worthy of a slot in your cellar!
Sadie Family Old Vine Series Treinspoor 2017, Swartland
Franco Lourens Howard John Red Blend 2017, WO Western Cape
David & Nadia Pinotage 2017, Swartland
Fram Grenache Gris 2017, Swartland
Kleine Zalze Amphora Grenache 2017
Craven Wines Cinsault 2017, Stellenbosch
Restless River Wanderlust Grenache 2017, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Scions of Sinai Feniks Pinotage 2017, Stellenbosch
Sutherland Petit Verdot Reserve 2015, Elgin
Welbedacht Estate Patriot Cape Blend 2014, Wellington