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Why do we love this case?

This roundup of ridiculously good South African reds offers six reasons to never look back at another Aussie vino again. We don’t see too many South African wines here in Oz, so we’ve taken advantage of that gap in the market to source some of the most sought-after cult producers from the bottom end of Africa. Intrigued? Read on to find out more about each. 

Every case comes with ONE bottle of each of the following:

Red
Red Blend
Swartland

Rall Red 2018
Meaty
Allspice
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated
Tim Atkins
Christian Eedes
South African Import

Winemaker Donovan Rall has been making some of the best wines in South Africa, year after year. Such is the cult following, that we had to do some serious sweet-talking to get our hands on a tiny quantity of these beauties. This Rall Red is a serious and structured style with a couple of years in bottle to settle into its stride. There’s a charmingly rustic quality on display. It’s rich and earthy, with red and black fruit bubbling up from undertones of black pepper and exotic spice. It’d be lost without some refreshing acidity, but that is happily delivered in spades. If you love top-notch wine, but can’t be doing with pretence, this is for you. Just honestly brilliant winemaking and great drinking.

You'd pay $80.00 full price

Red
Shiraz
Swartland

Gabrielskloof on Shale Syrah 2018
Allspice
Minerally
Plum
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated
Wine Mag
Tim Atkin
Cult Producer
South African Import

This wine is grown exclusively in shale, given a riper, more generous style than its sandstone sister. The soil retains water better, hence an extra touch of plushness. It’s not all plain sailing for these vines, though. This vineyard faces the full brunt of the south-easterly wind providing just enough stress for the vines to show their true colours. The wine itself shows blackcurrant, fennel, roasted tomato and thyme, all held together with some juicy tannins. It’s seen a wild ferment, imbuing it with a uniqueness of place and character. Drink this now through to 2028, with a respectful stint in the decanter first.

You'd pay $70.00 full price

Red
Grenache Blend
Cape Town

Thorne & Daughters Wanderer's Heart Grenache Blend 2019
Allspice
Plum
Raspberry
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated
South African Import
Minimal Intervention

This wine could have been a meaty, savoury monster of dark earthy flavour. Could have been… It shows the absolute artistry and thoughtfulness of this incredibly maker that it isn’t. Instead, they picked early and went for a light extraction. It’s far more ethereal as a result, characterised by soft floral notes, black cherries, cedar and cinnamon. There’s gentle grippiness that gives the soft strawberries just enough presence, before the mourvèdre adds its own, slightly medicinal tang. The result is beguiling, fun and enthralling. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes nice surprises.

You'd pay $70.00 full price

Red
Grenache
Swartland

David & Nadia Grenache 2019
Raspberry
Minerally
Sour Cherry
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated
Wine Mag
Cult Classic
Women in Wine

Grenache rises to a new level! All hail David & Nadia, two new age winemakers who are driven by organic and ecological farming practises. Their sustainably farmed vineyard in South Africa is planted in deep, clay soils, allowing their old vines to grow flourished. Perfumed with flowers and rich notes of red berries, this Swartland treasure is smooth and gentle. Red fruit forward, it’s palate is balanced with earthy notes and a little touch of truffle and vanilla. This wine is just light enough to be drunk with lunch and we suggest to pair it with the sexiest charcuterie platter you can whip up.

You'd pay $70.00 full price

Red
Grenache Blend
Swartland

David & Nadia Elpidios Grenache Blend 2018
Raspberry
Minerally
Plum
Medium-bodied
Bright
Bold

We are truly blessed to have this wine in our shed. It’s from a tiny production, family-owned independent producer in Swartland, South Africa. These wines generally just don’t make it all the way to Australia. David & Nadia spent ten years preparing their old dry-farmed bush vines to be ready to produce a wine of this calibre, letting the vineyard do the talking by acting with minimal intervention in the winery. There’s grenache, syrah, carignan, cinsault and pinotage in the blend, all laid to rest in oak for a year before 18 months in the bottle. The wine is so complex, so layered and so compelling. Enjoy it while you can since something like this doesn’t come around very often.

You'd pay $70.00 full price

Red
Shiraz
Walker Bay

Gabrielskloof Whole Bunch Syrah 2019
Allspice
Blackberry
Minerally
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated
Single Vineyard
Cult Producer
South African Import

Gabrielskloof planted just outside of Botrivier back in 2000, waiting until 2009 for their first release. This syrah, bottled behind a stunning label and under a sexy wax cap, is part of the reserve range from the small family-run winery. After a laborious handpicking, the whole bunches were given a carbonic ferment before settling in steel tanks for eight months. This is about freshness, savouriness, and crunchiness. It’s a bit spicy and exceptionally drinkable, putting the long term survival of the bottle in serious jeopardy. It’s all good, go in for the kill.

You'd pay $50.00 full price