IF THIS IS ALL TOO CONFUSING, LEARN TO SHOP BY COLOUR
Whether you’re too tired to think or you’re in the boondocks and can’t be too picky, try this: Buy Stellenbosch wines for red, Swartland for white, and Elgin for rosé or Pinot Noir. It’s a gross generalisation, but these areas are generally climatically suited to these types, so nothing they produce will be swill. The Stellenbosch will likely be a Cabernet Sauvignon, their most widely planted grape by far. Swartland whites – which will probably be an old vines Chenin or an interesting blend – offer great value. Most rosés from Elgin are light, fresh and dry, often with a lovely salmon hue. Both rosé and Pinot are easy to find and excellent with food.