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Our expert, Christian Eedes picks five red wines under R100
Dieu Donné Merlot 2008, R95
Why: Understated and classy, this wine shows red fruit and good freshness. There’s some chocolate there too, but not a silly amount.
Food pairing: Works well with tuna or salmon, or even prawns wrapped in bacon. To purchase, call: +27 21 876 2493
Elgin Vintners Third Edition Pinot Noir 2009 R90
Why: Pinot Noir is known as the “heartbreak grape” – difficult to make and, mostly, difficult to afford. This one’s subtle and elegant, and under a hundred bucks.
Food Pairing: Goes great with poultry. Try duck confit or, if money’s really tight, roast chicken.To purchase, call: +27 21 848 9587
Groot Constantia Constantia Rood 2009 R71
Why: A multi-varietal blend that’s packed with berries but remains fresh and elegant. A dry finish makes it particularly food friendly.
Food Pairing: Should go well with just about everything, but an old-fashioned potjie will work particularly well. To purchase, call +27 22 492 2825
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 R95
Why:Rich and generous, this wine shows plenty of black fruit with a smooth texture. Food Pairing: Avoid anything too light and delicate! A medium-rare 600g T-bone will probably do the trick. To purchase, call +27 21 880 0717
Raka Biography Shiraz 2009 R90
Why: Typical of the variety, this wine shows aromas and flavours of red berries and pepper. Pure fruited with well-judged oak.
Food Pairing: Smoked or grilled loin of lamb would be one option or try a plate of charcuterie. To purchase, call +27 28 341 0676