10 Best Red Wines for Winter 2018

Wondering what to drink this winter? Here’s a selection of the best red wines from across the country!

Alto Rouge

Recently awarded in the category “Voluptuous and Rich Reds” at The Sommeliers Selection Awards, the 2015 vintage was also awarded 89 points in Wine Magazine’s Signature Red Blends report. Enjoy this blend of Shiraz (34%), Cabernet Sauvignon (23%), Cabernet Franc (21%), Merlot (17%), and Petit Verdot (5%) on its own or with meat dishes such as duck and game. www.alto.co.za

Badsberg Pinotage

Badsberg Wine Cellar, situated outside Rawsonville in the Breedekloof Wine District in the Western Cape, won the General Smuts Trophy during 2016's South African Young Wine Show for their 2016 Pinotage. This wine is a 100% dark red pinotage with a pink-purple tinge and robust red berry and plum flavours. www.badsberg.co.za

Bellevue Pinotage

The Bellevue “1953” Pinotage 2016, which derives its name from the year this particular vineyard was planted, is the culmination of decades of hard work. The wine’s nose is packed with aromas of plums and maraschino cherries. This follows through on the palate, showing serious refinement, purity of fruit and great complexity and length. www.bellevue.co.za

Boplaas Touriga Nacional

Touriga Nacional is the foundation of the finest fortifieds and some of the world’s most exciting wines coming out of Portugal.  At Boplaas, Touriga Nacional is lovingly used for crafting the finest Cape Vintage and Reserve “Ports”, as well as fine table wines. This accessible, medium-bodied wine is a perfect partner to hearty country cuisine, fine mature cheese, or simply enjoyed around the fireside. www.boplaas.co.za

Diemersdal Private Collection

Despite being a self-confessed Sauvignon Blanc fanatic, Thys Louw of Diemersdal believes in the ability of Durbanville to deliver some of the finest red wines in South Africa and the world. The Private Collection is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (54%), Merlot (25%), Malbec (18%), Cabernet Franc (2%), and Petit Verdot (1%). The combination of Bordeaux red varieties, old vines, and intense wood-maturation ensures that it will continue to develop for the next 10 to 15 years. www.diemersdal.co.za

Nederburg’s Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2013 vintage of Nederburg II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon has been awarded the coveted Warren Winiarski Trophy for the best Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) while the 2014 vintage was selected as the prestigious ‘Red Wine of the Year’ in the 2018 edition of the Platter’s By Diners Club South African Wine Guide. Both are available for purchase online or at the farm in Paarl. www.nederburg.com

Steenberg Stately

Steenberg Stately, named after one of three tall ships in the Royal Navy fleet that defeated the Dutch in the Battle of Muizenberg in 1795, is a generous and full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (63%) and Shiraz (37%). This is a dense and opulent wine with a silky texture and elegant tannin structure. It is a wonderful red wine to enjoy on its own and stands up well to rich stews and hearty roasts. www.steenbergfarm.com

TOKARA Director's Reserve

The Reserve wines are the pinnacle of TOKARA, defined by origin and vintage expression. The Director’s Reserve Red (a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Malbec) drinks well now but will benefit from ageing until 2026. It pairs well with Veal Osso Bucco or grilled fillet steak served with red wine sauce, bone marrow, shallots, and French fries. www.tokara.com

Vriesenhof Vineyards Pinotage

Consumers can look forward to a ‘refreshed look’ range which reflects an exciting new chapter in the already deeply-rooted Vriesenhof story. For the Pinotage, expect bright fruit with aromas of blue berries and raspberries on the nose. There is also a delicate flavour of fresh red fruit and cherries on the palate and floral hints on the finish. www.vriesenhof.co.za

Waverley Hills De Huijsbosch

Renowned for its eco-friendly practices, Waverley Hills lies in the winegrowing region of Tulbagh in the Cape, at the foot of the soaring Witzenberg Mountains. The organic wine estate has announced the birth of new heirs to join its portfolio reserved exclusively for the best of the best. Named De Huijsbosch, after an ancient mountain stream on the property, the Bordeaux blend has a palate that is silky soft, like cream and black berries. www.waverleyhills.co.za

Nederburg Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Steenberg Stately

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