Best Value Pinotage 2012

Alvi’s Drift did it again with their best value Pinotage 2012. Proof that quality doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg!

44 Wines were judged in this years RECM Best Value Wine Guide and listed below is the highest scoring :

  • Alvi’s Drift Pinotage 2012 | R44.00 R247.84 16.40
  • Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Pinotage 2009 | R190.00 R219.48 15.90
  • Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2010 | R235.00 R235.97 15.90
  • Mellasat White Pinotage 2012 | R125.00 R203.24 15.80
  • KWV The Mentors Pinotage 2010 | R250.00 R191.09 15.80
  • Riebeek Cellars Collection Pinotage 2012 |R39.00 R167.97 15.70




These were all blind tastings done by the judges. With the final column the average score out of 20 for the wine by three judges, tasting blind. Recommend retail price is the first price. Quality value is the second. Applying the RECM dictum of searching for value, if we now sort the list on the ratio of quality value to retail price – a Bacchanalian equivalent of the asset manager’s PE ratio – our value six pack looks like

  • Alvi’s Drift Pinotage 2012 |R44.00 R247.84 16.40
  • Riebeek Cellars Collection Pinotage 2012 |R39.00 R167.97 15.70
  • Du Toitskloof Cellar Pinotage 2012 | R38.00 R154.80 15.60
  • Namaqua Pinotage 2011 | R28.75 R108.90 15.20
  • Darling Cellars Old Blocks Reserver Pinotage 2012 | R50.00 R109.83 15.30
  • Van Loveren Five’s Reserve Pinotage 2013 | R56.33 R120.52 15.40

Alvi van der Merwe from Alvi’s Drift tops both of these lists. Ex- chief winemaker at Distell, Linley Schultz is the fantastic winemaker for this wine estate.

  • Francois
    Posted at 15:07h, 11 March Reply

    Love your Pinotage. As I am a Pinotage freak yours is definitely one of the top 5 I have ever tasted
    Well done !!

    • admin
      Posted at 10:14h, 13 March Reply

      What a great compliment from a Pinotage lover! Thank you Francois. It’s always good to hear positive feedback. We will pass your lovely message on to the wine maker.

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