Decanter's tasting team has selected seven wines, the majority below £20, which represent the forward-looking philosophy of South African winemakers today...

South Africa is often described as straddling the line between old world and new world, producing wines that can be ripe and fruity as well as elegantly balanced.

Its mountain ranges and coastline are visually dramatic, but also deeply influence the wines being made.

To highlight the country’s spirit of innovation, Decanter’s tasting team has picked out seven wines from wineries at the cutting edge of South African winemaking – and the best part is that the majority are available for under £20 ($27).


Great value South African wines to try:

Momento, Grenache, Swartland, South Africa, 2015

Momento, Grenache, Swartland, South Africa, 2015

Marelise Niemann, formerly assistant winemaker at Beaumont Family Wines, is a star to watch in Bot River. Here, her minimal intervention approach has produced a vital, pure and honest wine from old dry-farmed Paardeberg bush vines. A third is whole-bunch fruit, and it is all aged for 15 months in…

Points 94

Originally created in 2015 and updated with new wines in October 2017. 

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