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.

Published on October 18, 2011
Topics: Value Wines, Wine Trends
About the Author
Lauren Buzzeo
Managing Editor, Print, and Tasting Director

Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon. Reviews beers.

Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association). Email: lbuzzeo@wineenthusiast.net.



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