Nice Red Wine: What To Look For

Nice Red Wine: What To Look For

Exploring the world of red wine is a sensory journey filled with unique flavours and characteristics. From fruit-forward notes to earthy undertones, each sip offers a glimpse into the intricate world of wine flavours. In this guide, we delve into the essence of nice red wine, uncovering the key characteristics and features that make it a delightful experience. Explore with us as we navigate through the nuances of wine flavours, characteristics, the essence of a perfect red wine selection and two of the Woolworths Cape wines.

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The Flavour Profile of Nice Red Wine

One of the first things to consider when choosing a nice red wine is the flavour profile. Each wine has its own unique combination of flavours, which can range from fruity and sweet to earthy and bold, and the flavours of wine are influenced by factors such as the grape variety, region, and winemaking process.

Fruit Flavours

Many red wines are characterised by their prominent fruit flavours, which can vary from bright and light to dark and jammy. Red wines like Merlot or Grenache often have notes of strawberry, red cherry, or red currant, while others such as Zinfandel may present richer fruit flavours like black cherry or ripe plum. 

nice red wine - merlot sign in the vineyards

Spice and Herb Notes

Spice notes in red wine are typically derived from either the grape variety itself or from the ageing process, particularly in oak barrels. Some red wines might offer a hint of black or white pepper, cinnamon, or liquorice. Herbs like rosemary, thyme, or oregano can also come through.

Earthy and Woody Undertones

Earthy flavours in nice red wine can range from the subtle taste of minerals or wet stone to more pronounced flavours like leather, tobacco, or mushroom. These flavours are often associated with Old World wines, such as those from France or Italy, and can add complexity and depth. Woody undertones typically come from ageing in oak barrels and can impart flavours of vanilla, cedar, smoke, or toast. The type of oak used and the duration of ageing will influence the intensity and quality of these flavours.

Floral and Other Aromatics

Some red wines, particularly those made from grapes like Pinot Noir and Sangiovese, can have floral aromatics such as violets, lavender, or rose petals. These delicate notes can add elegance and a sense of freshness to the wine. Other aromatics that may be present include chocolate, coffee, or even hints of tar, all contributing to a wine’s unique bouquet.

Winemaker smelling a glass of red wine

It’s important to note that these are general flavour profiles, and not all red wines will have the same exact flavours. Every person’s palate is different, which means that what one person may taste in a wine may differ from another person’s experience.

Characteristics of a Nice Red Wine

In addition to flavour, there are a few other characteristics to consider when selecting a nice red wine in South Africa. While these features can vary based on the grape varietal and the region in which it was produced, some key characteristics to look for in a nice red wine include:

Nice Red Wine – Body 

The body of a wine refers to its weight, texture, and overall mouth feel. It can range from light-bodied (think Pinot Noir) to full-bodied (think Cabernet Sauvignon). A wine’s body is influenced by factors such as the grape variety, climate, and winemaking process. Full-bodied wines tend to have higher alcohol content and more concentrated flavours, while light-bodied wines, are typically more refreshing and easier to drink.

Nice Red Wine – Tannins

Tannins are naturally occurring compounds found in grape skins, seeds, and stems that give wine its astringency and structure. They can be described as the drying sensation you feel in your mouth when you drink red wine. Some red wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, are known for their high tannin levels, which can contribute to their ageing potential.

Person Holding Grapes

Nice Red Wine – Acidity

Acidity is a key component in wine that gives it its tart and refreshing taste. It helps balance out the sweetness and tannins in a wine, making it more enjoyable to drink. Red wines tend to have lower acidity levels compared to white wines, but there are some exceptions which do have quite a high acid content, such as Grenache. 

Nice Red Wine – Alcohol Content

The alcohol content of a wine can vary greatly and is influenced by factors such as the grape variety, climate, and winemaking process. The alcohol content is typically listed on the label and is expressed as a percentage by volume (% ABV). A higher alcohol content can lead to a fuller-bodied wine with more intense flavours. However, balance is, of course, key, as too much alcohol can overpower the other elements of the wine.

Nice Red Wine – Finish

The finish of a wine is the impression it leaves after you’ve swallowed it. A good red wine will often have a long, satisfying finish that lingers on the palate. This can be a continuation of the flavours detected while tasting or even introduce new subtle notes. The quality of the finish is often indicative of a wine’s overall complexity and craftsmanship.

Nice Red Wine – Complexity

Complexity refers to the range and harmony of flavours, aromas, and characteristics within a nice red wine. A complex wine will reveal different notes and nuances as you taste it, often changing and evolving in the glass. Complexity can be a result of many factors, including the grape blend, terroir, ageing process, and winemaker’s technique.

Winemaker looking at a glass of wine

Nice Red Wine – Balance

Balance is the harmonious integration of a wine’s flavours, acidity, tannins, and alcohol. A well-balanced wine will not have any one characteristic dominating the others, but rather they will work together to create a pleasing and cohesive experience. Balance is often what separates good wines from great wines and is a key factor to consider when selecting a nice red wine.

HER Wines: Two Popular Red Wine Varietals

While there are countless red wine varietals to choose from, two of the most popular varietals include Pinotage and Shiraz.

HER Wines Shiraz

The 2022 Shiraz from HER Wine Collection flawlessly combines the flavours of dark berries with subtle notes of spice and vanilla, producing a captivating wine. It leaves a lasting impression on the palate and is hailed as a top nice red wine of South Africa.

HER Shiraz in front of a fireplace

HER Wines Pinotage

The 2022 Pinotage from HER Wine Collection enchants wine enthusiasts with its rich, ripe red berry flavours, complemented by aromatic spicy notes. Its medium-bodied structure features velvety and soft tannins that enhance the richness of the delicious fruit tastes.

Lady holding a bottle of HER Pinotage

Where to Find HER Wines 

Our wines are available to purchase directly from our online store, but if you’re looking for alternative options of where to purchase HER Wine in South Africa, there are many local and online retailers where they can be found. 

One great option is Woolworths. Woolworths offers the complete selection of the HER Wine Collection at stores nationwide in the Woolworths wine section, and these can also be found at Woolworths Online. If you are looking for a nice red wine, then the HER Wine Collection Shiraz, as well as the HER Wine Collection Pinotage are available at Woolies wine online at R89.99 per bottle.

HER Wine Shiraz being Poured

The HER Wine Bursary Initiative

The HER Wine Bursary initiative arises from the HER Wine Collection, a pioneering effort led by women in the winemaking industry. Having overcome significant challenges in their professional journey, the HER Wine Collection team understands the hurdles aspiring individuals face to carve out their careers. Motivated by this knowledge, we have committed 2% of our proceeds to set up a bursary to empower ambitious, talented, young individuals to pursue their dreams. 

HER Wine Bursary Stamp

Eligible candidates for this scholarship are families actively working on wine farms that cultivate grapes for the HER Wine Collection. Selected recipients will receive help financially for their academic endeavours, along with mentorship to help them navigate the difficulties of higher education and career advancement.

Contact HER Wines

Stay updated with the latest news and wine specials from the HER Wine Collection by following us on Instagram and Facebook. For more information or inquiries about our selection of nice red wine, feel free to email us at info@herwinecollection.co.za, call us at 021 111 0210 or contact us on WhatsApp 060 551 5989.

Our Favourite Winter Food And Wine Pairings

Our Favourite Winter Food And Wine Pairings

Winter is a season of cosy nights, delicious comfort food, and, of course, wine. There’s something about the cold weather that makes us crave hearty dishes and the perfect wine to accompany them for a food and wine pairing. In this article, we will explore our favourite winter food and wine pairings that are sure to satisfy your taste buds and warm your soul. From indulgent chocolate treats to comforting tomato soup and classic pizza, we have wine pairing ideas for every winter craving. 

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Winter Wines: What To Look For

Before we dive into a specific wine and food pairing, it’s important to understand the characteristics of winter wines. Winter is the perfect time to enjoy full-bodied, bold red wines that will warm you up from the inside out. Look for wines with higher alcohol content, as well as notes of dark fruits, spices, and earthy undertones. These wines will pair well with the rich, hearty flavours of winter dishes.

Bold Reds for Chilly Evenings

When the cold bites, a bold red wine is the perfect comfort drink and ideal for a food and wine pairing. Seek out those with robust flavours, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Malbec. These wines typically offer a higher alcohol content, contributing to that warming sensation, and their tannic structure holds up well against hearty winter meals.

food and wine pairing - red wine being poured

Full-Bodied Whites for Balance

While reds may dominate the winter scene, let’s not overlook full-bodied white wines. A rich Chardonnay with buttery notes or a Viognier with its aromatic complexity can be just as comforting, as these wines often exhibit a creamy texture, making them ideal partners for dishes with a rich sauce or roasted white meats.

The Rising Stars: Orange Wines

Orange wines present a unique option for food and wine pairing. Made from white grapes that have been macerated with their skins, they offer depth and texture that can surprise and delight. Their bold structure and tannins can withstand robust winter meals, offering a great middle ground between red and white wines.

food and wine pairing - orange wine

Food and Wine Pairing: Chocolate

Winter is the perfect time to indulge in your favourite chocolate treats, and what better way to elevate your experience than by having a chocolate and wine pairing? The key to a successful chocolate and wine pairing is to match the intensity of the chocolate with the intensity of the wine. For dark chocolate, look for a full-bodied red wine with bold flavours, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel. For milk chocolate, opt for a medium-bodied red wine like Merlot or Shiraz. And for white chocolate, pair it with a light-bodied, fruit-forward wine like Pinot Noir or Riesling.

Chocolate and Wine Pairing

Food and Wine Pairing With Tomato Soup: A Classic Combination

Is there anything more comforting on a cold winter day than a bowl of tomato soup? A well-thought-out wine pairing with tomato soup can make it the perfect winter accompaniment. The acidity and tanginess of tomato soup pair well with crisp, acidic white wines. Try a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio to complement the flavours of the soup without overpowering them. For a red wine option, go for a light-bodied Pinot Noir or a fruity Merlot.

The Role of Oak 

For richer tomato soups, perhaps with a touch of cream or a roasted depth, an oaked white wine can bring an interesting dimension. A lightly oaked Chardonnay with its vanilla nuances can add a layer of complexity to the pairing, bridging the gap between the wine and the richness of the soup.

Tomato Soup with Toasted Cheese

Red Wine Alternatives

While white wines are often the go-to for tomato-based dishes, don’t dismiss light-bodied reds. A Gamay can offer a fruit-forward contrast to the acidity of the soup without overwhelming it, especially if the soup is served with a cheesy accompaniment like a grilled cheese sandwich.

Spicy Food and Wine Pairing: Finding the Perfect Balance

Spicy food is a staple in many winter dishes, and finding the right wine to balance out the heat can be a challenge when doing a spicy food and wine pairing. The key is to look for wines with a hint of sweetness to counter the spiciness. For Asian-inspired dishes, try pairing them with a Riesling or Gewürztraminer, as the sweetness of these wines will balance out the heat of the spices. For Mexican or Indian cuisine, opt for a Malbec or Syrah, which have a bit more body and tannins to stand up to the bold flavours. An off-dry wine can be a spicy dish’s best friend. The slight sweetness can soothe the burn of chilli peppers and complement the complexity of spices like cumin and coriander. 

Food and Wine Pairing: Pizza – A Match Made in Italy

Pizza is a staple in many households, especially during the colder months. The key to a successful pizza and wine pairing is to match the toppings with the wine. For a classic margherita pizza, opt for a light-bodied red wine like Pinot Noir or Chianti. For a meat-lovers pizza, go for a bold, full-bodied red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. 

food and wine pairing - Pizza and Wine

And for a veggie pizza, try a medium-bodied white wine like Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc to complement the flavours of the vegetables. A veggie pizza loaded with mushrooms, peppers, and onions pairs beautifully with a versatile white wine. Consider a Grüner Veltliner or a dry Riesling, which can handle the variety of vegetable flavours while providing a crisp counterbalance to the cheesy goodness.

HER Wines Food and Wine Pairing

Food and Wine Pairing with the Pinotage 2022

This wine leaves a lasting impression on the palate with its luscious, mature red berry flavours and fragrant, spicy undertones. It is medium-bodied with silky tannins, and it pairs well with spicy food and meat platters.

Lady holding HER Wine Pinotage

Food and Wine Pairing with the Shiraz 2022

Featuring a blend of deep dark berry flavours with nuances of vanilla and spice, this captivating and complex wine is medium-bodied with substantial depth. It creates a lasting impression on the palate and goes brilliantly with red meat dishes that are quite robust.

food and wine pairing - HER Wine Shiraz

Food and Wine Pairing with the Sauvignon Blanc 2023 

A fruity, zesty crowd-pleaser, this wine offers flavours of passion fruit, pineapple, and lemon and is best served with grilled chicken or fresh seafood.

HER Wine Sauvignon Blanc with a glass of wine in the background

Food and Wine Pairing with the Chenin Blanc 2023

This bold, flavourful wine boasts tropical fruit aromas and flavours of yellow apple, green melon, and white pear, guaranteed to delight and impress. It is delicious with seafood, chicken, or crunchy salads.

food and wine pairing - HER Wine Chenin Blanc

Buy HER Wines

For your perfect food and wine pairing, our wines are available to purchase in-store at Woolworths and other retailers country-wide, and they can also be found online at Woolworths, Makro and Takealot.

HER Wines Bursary

At the HER Wine Collection, our team of exceptional women is well aware of the obstacles encountered on the journey to professional success. We empathise with the challenges young individuals face while carving out their own paths, which inspires our commitment to support them. This is why we have pledged to donate 2% of our profits to a bursary fund dedicated to nurturing the ambitions of young minds and helping them turn their dreams into reality.

HER Wine Bursary Badge and Pinotage

Our exclusive scholarship is available to applicants from families employed in the vineyards that supply grapes for the HER Wine Collection. Selected recipients will receive financial aid for their education and gain valuable mentorship, guiding them through the complexities of higher education and the pursuit of a rewarding career.

Contact HER Wines

To keep up with wine specials, food and wine pairing advice, and the latest news from the HER Wine Collection, follow us on Instagram and Facebook. For more information, feel free to email us at info@herwinecollection.co.za, call us at 021 111 0210, or message us on WhatsApp at 060 551 5989.

Delve Into Dry White Wine In South Africa

Delve Into Dry White Wine In South Africa

In the world of wine, few experiences rival the crisp elegance and refreshing allure of a well-crafted dry white wine. South Africa, a land known for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse terroirs, stands out in the realm of viticulture, producing an array of exquisite varietals that captivate the palate and delight the senses.

In this blog, we will look at what classifies as a dry white wine, uncover the varietals that flourish in South Africa’s sun-kissed soils and temperate climates, and look at two delightful expressions from HER Wines.

What is Dry White Wine?

Dry white wine is a type of wine that has minimal residual sugar, meaning it is not sweet. The sugar in wine comes from the natural sugars found in grapes, and during the fermentation process, the sugar is converted into alcohol. Dry white wines have a crisp, refreshing taste and pair well with a variety of foods, making them a popular choice among wine enthusiasts.

dry white wine - people cheersing glasses

Understanding Residual Sugar in Dry White Wine

The concept of residual sugar in wine is what separates dry wines from their sweeter counterparts. Residual sugar is the amount of sugar remaining after fermentation has ceased. Wines with less than 1 gram of sugar per litre are typically considered dry. The dry taste is often perceived as crisp and sharp, with a clean finish that allows the wine’s acidity and minerality to shine through.

The Fermentation Process in Dry White Wine

Fermentation is the process that transforms grape juice into wine. Yeast consumes the sugars present in the grapes and converts them into alcohol and carbon dioxide

Fermentation can take place in stainless steel tanks, a method frequently used for several white wines, including Riesling. It can also occur in an open wooden vat, within a wine barrel, or even inside the wine bottle itself, as seen in the production of numerous sparkling wines.

dry white wine - steel tanks

For dry white wines, winemakers carefully monitor fermentation to ensure that almost all the sugar is converted, leaving very little behind. This careful balance is what gives dry white wines their characteristic taste.

South African Dry White Wine 

South African white wine is gaining recognition in the international wine scene for its unique and complex flavours. The country’s diverse climate and terroir allow for a wide variety of grapes to be grown, resulting in a diverse range of white wines. The most popular white grape varieties in South Africa are Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay, but you can also find lesser-known varieties such as Semillon, Viognier, and Riesling.

Dry White Wine: The Diversity of South African Terroir

South Africa’s wine regions boast a variety of soils, climates, and elevations, which contribute to the distinctive terroir of each area. From the cooler coastal regions that are ideal for Sauvignon Blanc to the warmer inland areas that favour robust Chardonnays, the country’s varied geography allows for a multitude of wine styles. This diversity is one of the reasons South African dry white wines have such complex flavour profiles.

dry white wine - south african vineyards

Popular Dry White Wine Varietals and Their Characteristics

Typically, wines produced from the following white grape varieties that are grown in South Africa are dry; however, it’s worth noting that some winemakers might produce slightly sweeter versions to cater to the specific tastes of their consumers:

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is predominantly found to be bone dry white wine, with a distinct acidity. In South Africa, there’s been significant exploration with the techniques of barrel fermentation and oak ageing of Chardonnay, leading to the creation of outstanding wines in various styles. Chardonnay is also utilised in crafting some of the foundational wines for Cap Classique sparkling varieties and is also a component in white blends.

Chardonnay Sign in Vineyards

Chenin Blanc

As the most extensively planted variety in the Cape and known for its adaptability, Chenin Blanc is capable of yielding excellent wines that span the entire range from dry white wine to sweet.

dry white wine - HER Chenin Blanc

Grenache Blanc (Garnacha Blanca) 

This grape typically produces dry white wine with moderate acidity. It boasts a sharp acidity and is known for creating rich, robust wines that feature distinct aromas and flavours of green apple.

Gewürztraminer

Valued for its strong floral scents, Gewürztraminer has flourished for centuries in the Alpine foothills and the Vosges Mountains. Although its fragrance is sweet, many varieties are dry and can develop a savoury character over time. This variety is characterised by a subtle, aromatic flavour profile and a distinctive rose-petal scent, typically resulting in a light, off-dry white wine.

Glasses of white wine in a vineyard

Pinot Gris 

This globally cultivated grape usually results in dry wines and is cultivated on a modest scale in South Africa. This variety yields wines that are rich and harmoniously balanced.

Sauvignon Blanc

This highly aromatic and acidic grape variety is broadly planted worldwide. This variety is typically dry and may exhibit a diverse array of aromas and flavour notes, ranging from the scent of peas and fresh-cut grass to asparagus and tropical nuances such as grapefruit passion fruit.

HER Sauvignon Blanc with a glass poured

Viognier

Predominantly found in the Rhone Valley, this varietal produces flavourful dry wines characterised by white floral, stone fruit aromas, and occasionally a peppery finish.

Dry White Wine from HER Wines

The HER Wine Collection has two exquisite expressions of dry white wine:

The HER Wines 2023 Sauvignon Blanc

The 2023 Sauvignon Blanc from HER Wines showcases aromas reminiscent of freshly mown grass, crisp green apple, and vibrant grapefruit with hints of luscious granadilla flavours, presenting a revitalising and vibrant flavour profile.

dry white wine - a HER member their Sauvignon Blanc

The Her Wines 2023 Chenin Blanc 

This is a bold and revitalising Chenin Blanc wine from HER Wines, boasting a distinct tropical and stone fruit aroma, leading to creamy apple flavours and lingering notes of green melon on the palate.

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Food Pairings with Dry White Wine

Dry white wines can be incredibly versatile when it comes to food pairings, and they can complement a wide array of dishes, from light seafood to chicken and even pork. Dry white wine crispness can cut through richer, creamier dishes or enhance the flavours of lighter fare. A rule of thumb for pairing is to match the wine’s intensity with the food, ensuring that neither overpowers the other.

White Wine Paired with Fish

HER Wines Dry White Wine Food Pairing

The HER Wine Collection’s 2023 Sauvignon Blanc offers a lively and invigorating taste that pleases the senses. Ideally served cold, it beautifully complements a crisp green salad or juicy grilled chicken, turning an everyday moment into something extraordinary.

The HER Wine Collection 2023 Chenin Blanc is an invigorating wine that pairs wonderfully with fresh salads, pasta salads, cheese platters, and even mild curries.

HER Wines Bursary Initiative

Born from the pioneering spirit of the HER Wine Collection, the HER Bursary initiative represents a commitment to support individuals striving to overcome barriers in their professional journey. Recognising the challenges faced by those with aspirations, the HER Wine Collection team has dedicated 2% of our proceeds to establish a bursary. This initiative aims to empower young, ambitious, and talented individuals to pursue their dreams.

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This scholarship is open to families actively involved in grape cultivation for HER Wines. Recipients will not only receive financial assistance for their academic endeavours but also personalised mentorship to navigate the complexities of higher education and career advancement.

Dry White Wine: Explore the World of HER Wines

If you’re seeking some of the best dry white wine in South Africa, then discover our selection available for purchase online through our website, at Woolworths, and now on Takealot. It is also available at various other retail outlets countrywide. 
Stay updated on HER Wines’ latest developments and wine specials by following us on Instagram and Facebook. For any questions about our dry white wines, or if you need any other information, email us at info@herwinecollection.co.za or by phone on 021 873 3170.

Exploring Dry Red Wine In South Africa

Exploring Dry Red Wine In South Africa

South Africa is known for its stunning picturesque landscapes, diverse and incredible wildlife, and rich vibrant history. But did you also know that it is home to some of the best dry red wines in the world? In this article, we will explore the world of dry red wine in South Africa, including its types, potential benefits, and the best ones to try.

What is Dry Red Wine?

Dry red wine is a type of red wine characterised by its low sugar content and unlike sweet wines, dry wines contain minimal to no sugar. Experts in the wine industry have a more precise definition of dry wine, considering those with no more than one gram of sugar per litre as truly dry. Wines containing sugar levels above one gram but below nine grams per litre are classified as “off-dry.” Those wines devoid of any sugar are described as “bone dry.”

Why is Dry Red Wine Dry? 

The process of making wine involves fermenting grape juice. This fermentation occurs when yeast breaks down the sugar in the juice, converting it into alcohol. Typically, a wine is allowed to ferment until it becomes “dry,” indicating that all the sugar has been transformed. The term “residual sugar” (RS) refers to any sugar remaining unconverted.

Lady holding HER Wine Pinotage

Is it a Dry Red Wine or Sweet Red Wine?

Most red wines fall into the dry category, but exceptions include dessert wines like Port, Vin Doux Naturel, or Ice Wine, which are explicitly sweet. Some affordably priced red blends, often with unique names and lacking a specific origin, may also possess a degree of sweetness intended to appeal to a broader audience.

What Are The Benefits of Dry Red Wine?

According to medical studies, the potential health advantages of red wine stem from its antioxidant properties, as well as its ability to combat inflammation and regulate lipids. Produced from crushed dark grapes, red wine is a significant source of resveratrol, an antioxidant found in grape skins.

dry red wine - People drinking

Antioxidants are crucial for minimising oxidative stress in the body, a condition associated with various illnesses, including cancer and heart disease. 

Types of Dry Red Wine in South Africa

South Africa produces a wide variety of dry red wines, each with its unique characteristics and flavours. Let us have a look at some of the most popular varietals:

Cabernet Franc

Softer and less sugary than Cabernet Sauvignon, this grape is key in Bordeaux-style blends and varietal wines. Its cultivation is small but growing. ‘Cabernet’ typically refers to Cabernet Sauvignon, not Franc.

Cabernet Sauvignon

A leading variety in the Cape, celebrated for producing superior dry red wine that ages into spicy, rich, and complex flavours. Often blended with Merlot or Cabernet Franc.

dry red wine - cabernet sauvignon

Carignan

Thrives in hot, dry conditions and originates from Spain, with limited cultivation in South Africa. Used in light dry wines or as a blend, especially with Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz.

Gamay Noir

Known for light reds with little tannins in the France’s Beaujolais region. In South Africa it is produced similarly.

Grenache (Noir)

A vital Spanish variety (Garnacha), drought, wind, and sun-resistant. It is commonly blended with Shiraz, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Red wine being poured into glasses

Malbec

Known for spicy notes, primarily grown in Cahors, France, and as Argentina’s flagship. It is grown very limitedly in South Africa and found in both varietal and blended wines.

Merlot

An early ripener, used to soften Cabernet Sauvignon blends but increasingly celebrated as a varietal. 

Man squeezing red wine grapes

Nebbiolo

Known for robust, tannic wines with potential for ageing, it originates from Italy’s Piedmont and there are only minimal plantings in South Africa.

Pinotage

This uniquely South African dry red wine grape, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (Hermitage) created by Professor Abraham Perold in 1925, marries the esteemed qualities of its parents. It’s capable of yielding complex, fruity wines that age well yet are also enjoyable in their youth. 

dry red wine - HER Pinotage

Pinot Noir

Revered in Burgundy and challenging to cultivate elsewhere, this grape is now producing exceptional wines in South Africa’s cooler regions. These wines are generally lighter in colour with distinctive vegetal notes, and a significant amount is utilised in Cap Classique sparkling wines.

Sangiovese 

The primary black grape of Tuscany, demanding careful vineyard management, with modest plantings in South Africa.

Shiraz 

Originating from France and widely produced as Syrah outside Australia, this noble grape is celebrated for its deep, purple, smoky, and spicy wines that gain complexity with age.

Man holding grapes

Zinfandel 

Known as Primitivo in Italy, this prominent Californian grape is grown on a small scale in South Africa, adding to the diversity of the country’s viticultural landscape.

Dry Red Wine Types

The most robust, savoury red wines are the least sweet and are characterised by a subdued fruitiness and pronounced tannins, lending a bitter note.

Sophisticated, savoury dry red wine presents a reduction in bitter tannins. While not particularly fruity, they lean towards more earthy, peppery, or vegetal tastes, offering little in terms of sweetness.

dry red wine - HER Shiraz being poured

Bold, fruity red wines, though virtually sugar-free, can exhibit a perceived sweetness due to their robust aromas of cherries, raspberries, plums, and beyond.

With these distinct, different flavour profiles, everyone can find a dry red wine that they enjoy.

South African Dry Red Wine to Try

Now that we’ve explored the types, benefits and flavour profiles of dry red wine in South Africa, let’s take a look at some of the best dry red wine from HER Wines to try:

Dry Red Wine: HER Wine Collection Shiraz 2022 

The Her Wines 2022 Shiraz is defined by a compelling combination of dark berry flavours intertwined with hints of vanilla and spice. It is medium-bodied and complex, engrossing the palate and leaving a memorable aftertaste. The Shiraz can be aged for 1–5 years from its year of vintage.

dry red wine - HER Shiraz

Dry Red Wine: HER Wine Collection Pinotage 2022

The HER Wines Pinotage 2022 captivates the senses with its rich, mature flavours of red berries complemented by aromatic, spicy notes and boasts a medium body and smooth, silky tannins. Our Pinotage has an ageing potential of 1–5 years from its vintage year.

The HER Wine Bursary Initiative 

The HER Bursary initiative stems from the HER Wine Collection, a pioneering venture spearheaded by women in the winemaking industry. Having triumphed over significant challenges in their professional journey, the team at HER Wine Collection understands first-hand the hurdles faced by aspiring individuals striving to carve their paths in life. Motivated by this awareness, we have committed 2% of our proceeds to establish a bursary aimed at empowering young, ambitious, and talented individuals to pursue their aspirations.

dry red wine - bursary label

Eligible candidates for this scholarship are descendants of families actively engaged in grape cultivation for the HER Wine Collection. Those selected will receive financial aid for their academic pursuits along with personalised mentorship to navigate the complexities of higher education and career advancement.

Buy Dry Red Wine from HER Wines

Should you be in search of quality dry red wine within South Africa, our wines are available for purchase online on our website and from Woolworths, as well as at several retail locations. Keep up with all the exciting developments at HER wines as well as our wine specials by following us on Instagram and Facebook. If you require further details about our dry red wines or have any other inquiries, feel free to contact us through email at info@herwinecollection.co.za or by calling us at 021 873 3170.

Exploring The Diverse Types of Red Wine in South Africa

Exploring The Diverse Types of Red Wine in South Africa

South Africa is not only known for its beautiful landscapes, diverse cultures, and delicious wines, but also for its impressive wine industry, with its South African red wines gaining recognition and popularity among wine enthusiasts around the world.

But with so many different types of red wine available in South Africa, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. In this article, we’ll explore the diverse types of red wine in South Africa and help you discover one of the best red wine in South Africa. 

The History of Red Wine in South Africa

The history of winemaking in South Africa dates back to the 17th century, when the Dutch East India Company established a supply station in Cape Town. The first vineyards were planted in 1655, and in 1659 the first wine was produced, just four years later.

Today, South Africa is the ninth-largest wine producer in the world, with red wine accounting for approximately 45% of the country’s total wine production.

The Different Kinds of Red Wine in South Africa

South Africa is home to a wide variety of red wine grapes, each with its own unique characteristics and flavours, producing good red wine in South Africa. Here are some of the most popular red wine types (in alphabetical order) produced by various South African red wine brands:

Various Red Wines in Glasses

 Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Cabernet Franc

This variety is a relative of Cabernet Sauvignon and tends to exhibit softer, less sugary, and less alcoholic qualities in a nice red wine. Stellenbosch has the largest production area for this variety, followed by Paarl.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Cabernet Sauvignon

This variety is popular amongst types of red wine in South Africa and yields top-quality wines that mature into full-bodied, complex, and spicy wines. This variety is grown in Stellenbosch, Paarl, Swartland, as well as Robertson. 

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Cinsaut (Noir)

Formerly known as Hermitage, this versatile and robust variety can be blended with Cabernet to create affordable early-drinking wines or as quality wine for brandy distillation. The largest areas of Cinsaut Noir production are Paarl, Breedekloof and Swartland areas.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Grenache (Noir) 

This hardy grape is resistant to drought, wind, and sun, and it is typically blended with Shiraz, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. In South Africa, Grenache Noir vineyards are spread across all wine-producing regions, with more than half of them located in Swartland and Paarl.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Merlot 

A variety that ripens early, it is traditionally used to impart softness and body to Cabernet Sauvignon. The planting of this good red wine variety is on the rise, particularly in the Stellenbosch and Paarl regions.

Merlot Grapes

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Mourvèdre 

Hailing from Spain, where it’s known as Monastrell, this variety lends its spicy notes to blends, particularly with Shiraz. Although planted across all production regions except the Northern Cape, over half of the total area under cultivation is found in Swartland and Paarl.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Muscadel 

Known for producing a widely enjoyed sweet red wine amongst types of red wine in South Africa, especially in the Little Karoo region of South Africa. This variety has very limited plantings in the country.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Petite Sirah (Durif) 

A cross between Peloursin and Syrah (Shiraz) from southern France, it yields densely fruited, tannic wines. The first commercial planting was established in 2004 in Paarl and most of this varietal is planted in the Breedekloof and Paarl areas.

Paarl Vineyards

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Petit Verdot 

An excellent variety, sparingly used in Bordeaux-style blends and can also be made into varietal wines. The variety is grown in all the wine production regions of the country, with Stellenbosch having the largest area under production, followed by Paarl and Robertson.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Pinotage 

It combines the refined attributes of Pinot Noir with the robustness of Cinsaut and is exclusive to South Africa. It produces complex and fruity wines that age well. The term ‘Cape blend’ often refers to a red blend where Pinotage constitutes 30 to 70 percent of the wine. Pinotage is most widely planted in the regions of Swartland/Darling, Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Wellington. Other regions with significant plantings of this good wine include Breedekloof, Worcester, Olifants River, and Robertson.

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Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Pinot Noir

These wines are typically lighter in colour amongst types of red wine in South Africa, with distinctive vegetal flavours and aromas. The regions best suited for this varietal in South Africa are Walker Bay, particularly the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, and Elgin, thanks to their favourable cooling ocean influences and altitude.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Ruby Cabernet 

Developed in 1936 by Dr. Harold Olmo from the University of California through a cross between Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon, this high-yielding variety thrives in warmer climates. This variety is capable of yielding wines with vibrant hues and a delightful cherry taste; however, it is predominantly used in blends for large-scale, commercial wine production.

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Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Shiraz 

This prestigious French-origin variety, also known as Syrah, has seen significant growth in local plantings under South African wine types. Produced in various styles locally, it creates wines that are a deep purple colour, with smoky and spicy notes that evolve in complexity as they mature. Its vineyards span across all South African wine-producing regions, each exhibiting distinct flavour profiles.

Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Tinta Barocca

This Portuguese grape variety yields earthy, organic red wines and port-style wines and is excellent for blending as one of the types of red wine in South Africa. The largest plantations are found in the Swartland, Little Karoo, and Stellenbosch regions.

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Types of Red Wine in South Africa – Touriga Nacional 

As the finest variety for port and one of the oldest cultivars in Portugal’s Douro region, it produces varietal wines with a very dark colour and a potent ripe berry character, typically around 13% alcohol content. It’s grown in the Klein Karoo and Swartland areas of South Africa.

HER Wines Red Wines 

With so many different types of red wine in South Africa with so many different red wine names, it can be challenging to know where to start. Here are two of the top South African wines to try:

HER Wines Pinotage

The 2022 Pinotage from HER Wine Collection charms wine enthusiasts with its rich, ripe red berry flavours, amplified by aromatic spicy notes. Its medium-bodied structure is marked by soft, velvety tannins that amplify the richness of the succulent fruit tastes.

Types of red wine in South Africa - HER Pinotage

HER Wines Shiraz

The 2022 Shiraz from HER Wine Collection masterfully blends dark berry flavours with hints of vanilla and spice, creating a captivating wine. This medium-bodied red, which leaves a memorable mark on the taste buds, is considered one of South Africa’s premier red wines.

Types of red wine in South Africa - HER Shiraz

HER Wines Bursary

At the HER Wine Collection, our extraordinary all-women team deeply understands the hurdles one can face while striving for career success. We empathise with the challenges young individuals encounter as they carve their unique paths in life, which fuels our passion to lend a helping hand. This commitment is manifested through our initiative to allocate 2% of our profits towards a bursary fund. The aim of this fund is to cultivate the dreams of ambitious youths and empower them to make their aspirations a reality.

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Our exclusive scholarship is solely accessible to candidates from families working in the vineyards that supply the grapes for the HER Wine Collection, including our two types of red wine in South Africa. The lucky recipients will not only receive financial support for their education but also benefit from priceless mentorship to help them steer through the intricacies of higher education and embark on a fulfilling career path.

Purchase HER Wines

Our distinguished good South African wine is readily available for purchase from our online store on our website, at your local Woolworths store or via Woolworths online, along with other retail outlets across the country. 

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