Frugal Friday-Celebrate the World Cup with South African wines

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What better way to celebrate the hosting of the World Cup than picking up your favorite South African wine.
Nestled at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa boasts well over 350 years of wine making. The industry now combines both classical Old World wine making influenced by New World style. Currently South Africa represents only 1 percent of U.S wine imports but produces wines of quality and value. Stellenbosch represents the center of the South African wine industry and produces beautiful wines. The area produces marvelous Cabernet Sauvignon and its own unique blend of Pinotage.
Celebrate The World Cup
Pick up a bottle and enjoy the World Cup. Just a sampling of South African wines:

Indaba- first launched in the US in 1996, the wines are bottled using screw cap closures. A portion of the brand’s global sales goes to support students from disenfranchised communities.
Indaba Chardonnay 2009, Indaba Chenin Blanc, Indaba Merlot 2008, Indaba Shiraz 2008.

Jam Jar Acclaimed Jam Jar Shiraz
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2009.

Excelsior Peter de Wet Proprietor – With a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, produces juicy, food friendly value wines.
Excelsior Chardonnay 2009, Excelsior Shiraz 2007, Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon

Kanu- Chenin Blanc is their “calling card” awarded “super Chenin” status by South African Chenin Blanc Association

Brampton-“…Bramptom offers some excellent values that revel sophisticated winemaking.” Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 8/2008
Bramptom Chardonnay 2009, Bramptom Shiraz 2007, Bramptom Cabernet Sauvignon 2007.

Rustenberg “…Rustenbeerg has all the qualifications of a world-class wine estate: a long history of wine making…ideal terroir…” Wine Spectator 7/2007
Rustenberg J”ohn X Merriman” 2006, Rustneberg”Peter Barlow” 2005.

Ratts Family Wines Small family owned winery focusing on Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. “..South Africa’s Raats Family winery makes outstanding Chenin Blanc.” Wine Spectator online, 4/2008
Raats Chenin Blanc 2007.

De Toren –Owners Emil and Sonette den Dulk creators of outstanding Bordeaux blends
De Toren “Z” 2006, De Toren Fusion “V” 2006.

Mulderbosch Earned reputation as one of South Africa’s finest white wine producers.
Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Mulderbosh Chardonnay 2006.

Thelema Wine and Spirits Magazine named Thelema as one of the “Top 100 Wineries of the Year, 2008
Thelema Reisling 2008, Sutherland Chardonnay 2007 Thelema Mint Cabernet Sauvignon.

De Morgenzon-flagship Chenin Blanc recently introduced DMZ range where its objective is to over deliver quality for price.
DMZ Chardonnay 2008, DMZ Shiraz.

Kanonkop-referred to South Africa’s ‘First Growth.”
Kanonkop Pinotage 2007, Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, Kanonkop Kadette 2008.

The Foundry A focus on Rhone style varietals of Syrah and Viognier
The Foundry Viognier 2006, The Focus Syrah 2005.

Miles Mossop Crafted in the old fashion minimalistic way
Miles Mosso Max 2006.

Rudi Schultz Wines Earned 90+ Wine Spectator rating for its Syrah
Rudi Schultz Syrah 2006.

Klein Constantia Awarded 94 Wine Spectator points for dessert wines
Klein Constatntia Vin de Constance 2005


  1. Great post!
    Love the South African wines-what a value! I am a bit disappointed at the selection we get here inh the States. When we were in SA last year outstanding wines for around ~$10 (US). I can’t seem to find those smaller producers here-but a reason to go back!

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