Best Buys from South Africa

Assistant Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo selects ten top wines from this month's tastings that offer an exceptional quality-to-price ratio.


There’s no doubt that South Africa has established itself as a value-centric wine producer. Even at the high end of the retail market, the wines offer an exceptional quality-to-price ratio. With grapes from Cabernet Sauvignon to Pinotage faring well in the climate, South Africa has something to offer everyone.

90 Ken Forrester 2010 Reserve Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch); $15. Imported by Cape Classics.
90 Vinum Africa 2009 Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch); $15. Imported by World Premiere Wines LLC.
88 Excelsior 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Robertson); $10. Imported by Cape Classics.
88 Winery of Good Hope 2010 Bush Vine Pinotage (Stellenbosch); $13. Imported by World Premiere Wines LLC.
88 Porcupine Ridge 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Western Cape); $13. Imported by Vineyard Brands.
87 Painted Wold 2010 The Den Pinotage (Coastal Region); $12. Imported by Southern Starz.
87 Fleur du Cap 2009 Bergkelder Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (Western Cape); $12. Imported by Maisons Marques & Domaines USA.
86 MAN Vintners 2010 Chenin Blanc (Coastal Region); $10. Imported by Vineyard Brands.
86 Riebeek Cellars 2010 Collection Chardonnay (Swartland); $9. Imported by Kysela Père et Fils.
85 Indaba 2010 Shiraz (Western Cape); $10. Imported by Cape Classics.

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Reader Comments:
Oct 19, 2011 09:19 am
 Posted by  The Sediment Blog

Did you see the South African wines which James Bond drinks in the latest novel?

Oct 19, 2011 12:54 pm
 Posted by  322ndflash

Herding Cats and Westerland Celebration and Pinotage

Oct 19, 2011 01:46 pm
 Posted by  whitetruffel

Not single one of these wines are considered great examples of South African wine. You can do a lot better than what's on this list.

Oct 19, 2011 02:41 pm
 Posted by  Lauren Buzzeo

I'm sorry you feel that way, whitetruffel, but I have to say that this list, although limited to just Best Buys reviewed in the month of November, includes some of the most respected brands that South Africa has to offer. Both Ken Forrester and Boekenhoutskloof (who produces Porcupine Ridge) are two of the most iconic names in the South African wine industry, and the others are certainly similarly established or building a name on their own with good reason. While there are better scoring (and more expensive) South African wines available, these were just some Best Buy highlights from what were tasted for the November issue. To check out more South African wine reviews, feel free to check out our Buying Guide at

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