Odd Bins are at best OK. Sometimes you get something nice, but for me knowing there is no label behind it makes it less enjoyable. I drink wine almost every day (red) and even though the Odd Bins are reasonably priced, I would rather buy a brand more or less the same price that I enjoy. Since the beginning of the year though wine prices have increased significantly. You dont really get cheap wines anymore. Anything semi decent is R60+.
Also Odd Bins are basically just wine estates selling off their bulk wine that they use to blend. Mostly it is a marketer getting lets say Fairview Merlot 2017 bulk and mixing it with Du Toitskloof Shiras 70/30 and selling it off to Checkers as Odd Binn Merlot 801.
Zandvliet Shiraz definitely for the red! Affordable and easy available and also buying online - direct from cellar www.zandvliet.co.za, Makro, Platform62.co.za, Lavernewines.co.za. Also check out Zandvliet's My Best Friend range which is a very affordable range that's available in a blended red, white and rosé. You can't go wrong with this red! Described by winemaker as a wine that won't scare off the first-time wine drinker.
You can always throw in a few super-cute baby Clemengold Gin 40ml bottles as gifts for guests... Best citrus gin on the market and a smell and taste ... Whenever I smell it, I feel like dabbing it on my wrists and wearing it as a perfume