Roodeberg Classic Red Blend – a lifetime of stories in every bottle!

Roodeberg braai marinade spread | Image courtesy of Roodberg
Roodeberg gift box | Image courtesy of Roodeberg


I can’t think of a circumstance where a red blend offers a miss – only hits. Whether it be paired with food to complement or enhance, a red blend seems to be the go-to for a dinner. Especially for marinades, for hearty food – for a day where we all relax in front of the spit.

Which is why I think the Roodeberg Classic Red Blend deserves an honourary mention right before our Heritage Day. A Classic Red from a classic wine family!

Not only is this day my late mother’s birthday, but a day of unification. The complex histories of our country are so significant and should never be forgotten; with this being said, Heritage Day allows any and everyone to put their differences aside. A day of unity, of embracing how our lives have turned out regardless of our timelines. Heritage Day brings celebration through food, a conduit that we all love so dearly.


Be part of Roodeberg’s remarkable legacy by creating your own stories around this Classic Red Blend that has stood the test of time for over 70 years.


In celebration of Roodeberg’s legendary standing, the new 2020 vintage has been released in a limited edition storytelling gift pack that takes you down memory lane spanning seven decades with a lifetime of stories in every bottle.


Roodeberg’s epic story began in 1949 and evolved over time to an accessible contemporary classic in step with changing times yet rooted in tradition. Today, Roodeberg continues to bring people together with its outstanding quality and consistent drinking pleasure.


This multi-varietal Cabernet Sauvignon-driven blend erupts in your glass with aromatic layers of fresh red and dark fruit, cassis and hints of spice and dark chocolate. The texture is elegant and soft with nuances of cedar oak and dark plums, supported by silky tannins that linger long after the last sip.


Perfect for enjoying around the braai, well-known food writer and TV personality, Ilse van der Merwe of www.thefoodfox,com, uses this South African original to enrich her smoky BBQ marinade for whole sirloin or fillet on the coals. She shares her recipe to be enjoyed with friends and a bottle or two of Roodeberg Classic Red Blend of course:

Ilse van der Merwe @The_FoodFox | Image courtesy of Roodeberg and Ilse

Smoky BBQ red wine marinade for steak on the braai



30 ml (2 tablespoons) olive oil

2-3 cloves garlic, finely grated

250 ml (1 cup) Roodeberg Classic Red Blend

80 ml (1/3 cup) tomato sauce / ketchup

30 ml (2 tablespoons) balsamic vinegar

15 ml (1 tablespoon) Worcester sauce

15 ml (1 tablespoon) smoked paprika

2,5 ml (1/2 teaspoon) ground coriander

2,5 ml (1/2 teaspoon) ground cumin

10 ml (2 teaspoons) brown sugar

salt & pepper to taste


In a medium saucepan, add the oil and fry the garlic over medium heat for a minute. Add the wine, tomato sauce, vinegar, Worcester sauce, paprika, coriander, cumin and sugar, and season generously with salt & pepper. Stir well, then bring to a simmer. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened – the consistency should be that of a basting sauce. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Use as a basting sauce for steak, sosaties and large red meat cuts, or marinate your whole steak cuts (whole sirloin or fillet) for a few hours in the cooled marinade before grilling).


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