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ODD BINS
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DISCOVER THE SECRET OF OUR ODD BINS

Every now and then we source limited quantities of vintage releases from famous South African wine brands. Chosen for their exceptional quality by our panel of experts, each wine is given a unique bin number and bottled in limited quantities under our exclusive Odd Bins label. Once sold out, a bin number is never repeated, which means our range constantly changes. Although we keep the original label a closely guarded secret, you can be assured of great quality and the best value in every bottle bearing the Odd Bins label. That's the Odd Bins secret. Taste one, and the secret may reveal itself.

Sauvignon Blanc

Fresh green and pepper-like flavours with hints of fig, litchi and gooseberry. Frequently blended with Sémillon. Look out for Bin 212, Bin 239, Bin 240, and Bin 242. Michelangelo Gold 2013.

Chenin Blanc

The most widely cultivated grape in the Cape is characterised by its versatility. Chenin Blanc has a pleasing fruitiness that finds favour with a wide range of palates. Look out for Bin 104, Bin 110 and Bin 135.

Chardonnay

Tropical fruit notes pair well with white meats and fish when the wine has had less exposure to oak. More heavily oaked Chardonnays complement spicy or smoked food. Look out for Bin 310, Bin 325 and Bin 352.

Chardonnay/Pinot Noir

A popular duo in the creation of sparkling wines globally. Flavour profile ranges from crisp and fresh-tasting to steely and mineral-driven, and even toasty bread and butter. Look out for Bin 402.

Pinot Grigio
Grapes are harvested early to retain as much freshness as possible; common descriptors are light, crisp and dry. Complemented by aromatic notes of lemon, green apple and blossoms. Look out for Bin 416.
Merlot Rosé

Made with red grapes, where the juice is given less skin contact after crushing. Rosé embodies the same flavour of its red wine varietal counterpart, albeit a subtler version. Look out for Bin 53.

Pinot Rosé

With less skin contact, the light ruby-red hue of this grape variety delivers some stunning shades of pink. A large proportion is used in Cap Classique sparkling wines. Look out for Bin 71.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon produces top-class wines that develop well with age into spicy, full, complex wines. As in Bordeaux, it may be blended with Merlot or its relative, Cabernet Franc. Look out for Bin 803.

Shiraz

A noble variety of French origin. Better known as Syrah elsewhere, it yields deep purple, smoky and spicy wines that develop a complex character with age. Look out for Bin 617 and Bin 601.

Merlot
Traditionally used as a blending partner to add softness and breadth to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is now increasingly being bottled as a varietal wine, with some superb local examples. Look out for Bin 522.
Pinotage
A local cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut, Pinotage is unique to South Africa. It can produce complex and fruity wines with age but is also very drinkable when young. Look out for Bin 705 and Bin 726.
Pinot Noir
Lighter in colour than other red grapes with flavours of rose, black cherry, berry and currant. Quality depends heavily on cellar management, with good wineries producing exceptional wines. Look out for Bin 982.
Cabernet Merlot

Classic blending partners. Merlot adds softness and breadth to the more pronounced characteristics of Cabernet. Look out for Bin 957.

Red Blend

With each blend deriving characteristics from its particular blending partners, Cape blends are becoming increasingly popular for being complex, yet harmonious. Look out for Bin 916, Bin 922 and Bin 945.

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Best Value 2013: Odd Bins Bin 200 Sauvignon Blanc, Odd Bins Bin 911 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Odd Bins Bin 733 Pinotage, Odd Bins Bin 606 Shiraz.

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Michelangelo Gold 2012: Odd Bins Bin 230 Sauvignon Blanc