Best Value Wine Guide 2013

Over 500 wines for under R80 a bottle.

28 Aug 2012

The 2013 Best Value Wine Guide, currently the biggest handbook of its kind with a print-run of 80 000, is making it easier for South African wine drinkers to choose quality wines at affordable prices.

“Quaffable, pocket-friendly wines are found in abundance in the 2013 edition of the Best Value Wine Guide. The handy pocket book, published by RamsayMedia and sponsored by Ultra Liquors, takes the angst out of making a decision when faced with a bewildering selection of labels on wine shelves,” says publisher Jacqueline Lahoud.

Over 500 wines under R80

With the Best Value price threshold increased from R60 to R80 this year and a total of 549 wines under R80 featured, makes this the biggest Best Value Wine Guide to date.

418 wines cost less than R50 a bottle, and 285 of those are less than R40. Making these ­numbers even more impressive is that more than half of the wines – 310 – are rated 3 stars or better.

The thinking is simple. If you have two wines with the same quality rating - say 3 stars - within a category, one costing R30 and the other costing R60, which is the better purchase? Obviously the R30 wine.

 For more information on the judges and judging process visit

The 41 Best Value Award winners for 2013 are:

White wines:

    BC Wines Chenin Blanc 2012 (Brandvlei Cellar) R20.00

    Bain’s Way Viognier 2011 (Wellington Wines) R24.30

    Boland Cellar Five Climates Chenin Blanc 2012 R25.50

    Bon Courage Andre’s Fame Colombard 2012 R22.00

    Flutterby Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Boland Kelder) R25.00

    Pulpit Rock Brink Family Chenin Blanc 2012 R24.00

    Goedverwacht Crane White Chardonnay 2010 R25.00

    Goudini Chenin Blanc 2012 R24.00

    Martinique Johannisberger 2011 (Du Preez) R21.55

    Savanha Chenin Blanc 2011 (Spier) R32.00

    Versus White 2012 (the company of wine people) R23.00

 Rosé wines:

     Live-a-Little Rather Revealing Rosé N/V R21.00

Red wines:

    Allée Bleue Starlette Pinotage 2011 R32.00

    Boschendal The Pavillion Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 R38.00

    Cape Vinelands Merlot 2010 (Asara) R24.99

    Goedverwacht Crane Red Merlot 2011 R25.00

    Groot Eiland Shiraz Pinotage 2011 (uniWines Vineyards) R50.00

    Eikendal Cuvée Rouge 2011 R30.50

    Excelsior Purebred Red 2012 R30.00

    Havana Hills Lime Road Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 2008 (Du Plessis) R22.80

    Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2011 R34.50

    Namaqua Beachbraai Cabernet Sauvignon N/V R45.00

    Obikwa Merlot 2011 R29.99

    Obikwa Shiraz 2011 R29.99

    Orange River Cellars Ruby Cabernet 2011 R29.55

    Tangled Tree Spicy Shiraz 2011 (Van Loveren) R25.00

    Van Loveren Blackberry Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2011 R39.33

 Dessert wines:

    Bovlei Winemaker’s Selection Hanepoot Jeripiko N/V R32.00

    De Wet Cellar Rooi Muskadel 2010 R30.00

    Namaqua White Muscadel R35.00

    Orange River Cellars Rosé Natural Sweet 2012 R24.40

    Orange River Cellars Red Jerepigo N/V R36.50

    Orange River Cellars White Muscadel 2011 R36.50

    Robertson Winery Gewürztraminer Special Late Harvest 2011 R29.95

    Wagenboom Hanepoot 2008 R23.00

 Ports and Sherries:

    Bon Courage Cape Vintage 2011 R40.00

    Bain’s Way Jagters Port (Wellington Wines) R40.50

    De Wet Cellar Cape Ruby N/V R35.00

    KWV Classic Cape Tawny R63.00

    KWV Classic Full Cream R61.00

 Sparkling wines:

     Du Toitskloof Cape Secco Beach Club Blanc N/V R26.50
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