Deliciously in the dark with Odd Bins

If you’ve discovered the secret of Checkers Wine Route Odd Bins, you’re already enjoying top wines at a fraction of the price.

What makes this range so special, you may ask? While we’d all like to drink the best estate wines, high prices often put them out of reach. Checkers, however, sources limited quantities of vintage releases from these famous estates. Each wine is carefully selected by a panel of experts, including the well-known Jan Boland Coetzee. The best of the batches are given a unique Odd Bins bin number and made available to you at a fraction of the estate price. To add to the exclusivity, once the bin is sold out, the number is never repeated. So if you find something you like, be sure to stock up.

Despite numerous consumer enquiries, the content of the bottle remains a closely guarded secret. The range consists primarily of single grape whites and reds, with a few red blends and a delicious MCC for special occasions. Sourced from across the winelands, these batches are the result of cancelled export orders or simply an excess of great wine too good to go to waste. Rest assured, wherever the treasure is to be found, Checkers will pass it on to you.

A recent virtual tasting of Odd Bins wines had @CheckersSA and #CheckersOddBins trending nationally, as wine enthusiasts sipped, savoured and tweeted their way through a delicious cheese and wine pairing. Odd Bins favourites on the Twittersphere include:
Bin 240 Sauvignon Blanc – soft, reserved herbaceous nose with flinty notes follow through to a burst of flavour on the palate with bright granadilla, ripe yellow peach and citrus.
Bin 110 Chenin Blanc – aromas of litchi, pear and citrus with a refreshing palate.
Bin 522 Merlot – exhibits fruity aromas of ripe raspberries, plums and cherries. The palate is slightly savoury in character with tomato leaf and spice throughout, complemented by smooth tannins with a soft, lingering finish.
Bin 705 Pinotage – the warm climate of Wellington is evident in the intense dark fruit aromas on the nose, following through to a mocha, dark chocolate and ripe cherry palate.
Bin 803 Cabernet Sauvignon – a full-bodied wine with aromas of blackberry, cassis, spices and tobacco.

What it takes to make the grade:
•    Any producer is able to submit their wine.
•    Along with some professionals and long-term employees, each panel also has consumer tasters to ensure that selected wines are indeed “consumer-friendly”.
•    All wines are tasted blind.
•    The producer remains a secret, even to the tasters.
•    The main focus will always remain “value for money”.
•    New selections are demand-based; there is no pre-planned schedule and tastings are held when stocks run out.

Odd Bins have even won a few awards, including a Best Value and Michelangelo award. The bin range is constantly being refreshed, so it’s always a good time to visit your closest Checkers Wine Route to discover the secret for yourself. Don’t say we said so, but always check the cork. It may bear the name of a famous wine estate …