Wild South African Wine—

I dream of returning to spectacular South Africa. Visiting the wine regions with their majestic crags, coastal drama and rolling valleys always reminds me of hot Scotland. Next best thing to visiting is, of course, a glass of local vino with a style to suit everyone’s taste. Sauvignon Blanc from the Cape is stellar and my two other tips are to pick from off the beaten track and splash out – rather like a ticket to Cape Town, your cash goes a seriously long way.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN BUNCH

Bruce Jack Sauvignon Blanc 2020 (13%) £7, TescoBaby Sancerre! Punchy and zesty, a pure joyful bargain.

House of Dreams Grenache 2020 (13.5%) £9 Marks and Spencers. Silky spicy red with a bit of poke, heaven with a roast.

The Chocolate Block 2019 (14.5%) £21.99 Mix Six, Majestic. This rich red is a masterfully blended South African icon.

Momento Tinta Barocca 2018 (13%) £27.08 Armitwines.co.uk. Tense and thrilling as a cherry fired from a canon, magic with duck.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Babylonstoren Shiraz 2018 (14.5%) £15.75 shop.thenewtinsomerset.comA bold smokey bottle with peppery spice and delightful character. Red of heaven.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 24th January 2021.

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