Bordeaux reds have been seen as a benchmark for quality and style and have inspired many producers over the years. When asked to name a famous wine region, most people will say ‘Bordeaux’ as it is synonymous with fine wine, but Andy Howard MW from Decanter has put together a list of 30 great reds that offer an alternative to claret. Impressively, South Africa features heavily on the list and make up almost a third of Andy’s selection.
His selections from South Africa included:
- Anthonij Rupert, Cabernet Franc 2011
- Gabriëlskloof, The Landscape Series Cabernet Franc 2015 (See the 2016)
- Klein Constantia, Anwilka 2014 (See older vintages)
- Vergelegen, GVB 2012
- Waterford Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
- Constantia Glen, Three 2014
- Lowerland, Die Verlore Bokooi 2016 (See our previous offer)
- Rustenberg, John X Merriman 2016 (See the 2015)
- Journey’s End, Kendal Lodge 2016
Andy viewed all these wines as exceptional and we’re very happy to see a few Wine Cellar favourites on the list! We offer many of these throughout the year and watch them sell out quickly. Join our mailing list and be the first to hear about similar new releases; some certain to obtain international recognition in the future.
Andy’s other selections are from all over the world, from Hawk’s Bay in New Zealand to Casablanca Valley in Chile, so it’s great to watch SA’s reputation grow on the world stage. He describes claret as ‘relatively light in colour and flavour’ due to the cool, maritime-influenced climate in Bordeaux. This makes SA the perfect location to emulate the famous clarets of Bordeaux as we have similar terroirs.