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Good wines deserve appropriate packaging, which is why we’re always delighted when coming across that perfect confluence of a fine quaffer with a well-designed label to match. Here we continue our look at some of the more pleasing examples* to have crossed our path… Vergelegen DNA It’s not quite what you’d expect of one of South Africa’s best-known historical estates, but the distinctive packaging of this superb, newish red blend from Vergelegen is refreshingly bold and clever. Featuring the thumbprint of award-winning, maverick winemaker Andre van Rensburg, the Vergelegen DNA (Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon) has all the ‘good genes’ of the estate’s proud wine lineage. Cavalli Cheval D’Or Warlord You don’t have to be a horsey type to appreciate the elegance of the equine form… or the brilliant juxtaposition of blue-blooded breeds and the fruit of the vine that is at the heart of Stellenbosch’s Cavalli Stud & Wine Farm. Cape Town artist Brandt Botes designed the evocative labels for the Cheval d’Or Warlord Red Blend and the Rogue Horse Pinotage/Malbec. Boer and Brit Us Saffers know there’s nothing like wine (ok, a bit of sport too, if you must) to instil a sense of unity among us. And no less the wittily labelled (and supremely drinkable) wines from cult producers Boer and Brit – a partnership between Stefan Gerber and Alexander Milner, the descendents of arch Boer-War rivals President Kruger and Field Marshal French respectively. You’ll love the strong design identity courtesy of Stellenbosch design studio Fanakalo almost as much as the contents of the wine bottles – from red blends such as The Field Marshall to their delectable Suikerbossie MCC Brut. Sophie It all started with Sophie Te’Blanche, the superb easy-drinking and accessibly priced Sauvignon Blanc produced at Elgin wine farm Iona - its mountain vineyards are considered the coolest in South Africa. The name was a play on the mispronunciation in local dialect of the varietal, and the wine with its distinctive label soon turned into a phenomenon. Now you can also find a Sophie Rose as well as a rather tasty red blend, Sophie Le Rouge. As they say, 'Sophie's the most famous woman to (n)ever exist'! AA Badenhorst Family Wines From the inspired packaging to the impeccable contents, we’re smitten by the wines being made by cousins Adi and Hein Badenhorst, under the AA Badenhorst Family Wines label. A more pocket-friendly line is bottled under the Secateurs label, but you certainly won't object to splashing out on the upper tier wines – such as the AA Badenhorst Family Wines Red, a velvety-smooth blend of Shiraz, Mourvedre and Cinsault - for a special occasion. *Wines mentioned may not be current and/or available vintages. Look for the latest releases from the respective estates. Take a look at our previous ‘Love this Label’ selections featuring bold and graphic labels as well as a few of our other absolute favourites.