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South Africa

South Africa

When South Africa emerged from apartheid so did its wines. Since 1990 it has become the eighth largest producer in the world and its wines are improving all the time. 

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    • Swartland
    • South Africa
    An elegant medium full-bodied wine combining charm with power, red berry and spice and a long, polished finish. Read More
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    • South Africa
    A very fruity expression of South Africa's most famous black grape. Lots of berry fruit, both red and black, are supported by just a hint of the earth... Read More
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    The combination of the smooth, fruity Cinsaut and the more complex blackberry Cabernet makes this an ideal easy-drinking red. Read More
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    Full-bodied dry red with an approachable earthy and berry fruit aroma. Softly styled in character. Read More
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    Aromas of wild berry are well supported by a rich and full palate that has plenty of spicy character. The finish is deep, bringing hints of leather to... Read More
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    • Origin
    • South Africa
    This is a red wine for people who do not like red wines! If you do not like the dry tannins in red wines then this wine is for you. As the name sugges... Read More
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    • South Africa
    This Cape Blend produces blackberry, vanilla and spice. These are married together with sour Morello cherry, plum and wild fig giving a deeply fruity ... Read More
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    • Origin
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    One could argue that this wine ouzes Rhone style quaility, but I dare say the french may disagree. This wine has a delcious bright raspberry and crush... Read More
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    Soft and plummy with luxurious velvety tannins and a long finish.  Read More
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    Both black and red berry aromas combine to create a herbaceous and spicy palate and achieve great harmony. The finish is good and long with lingering ... Read More
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    Clear ruby colour, this wine as a fresh ripe red berry fruit with hinst of sundried tomato, cloves and spice. Soft yet firm on the palae witha long pe... Read More
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    • Origin
    • South Africa
    • Klein Karoo
    A very easy drinking and well made red wine. Aromatic red berry fruit with a spice notes. Soft yet firm on the palate with a juicy finish. Read More
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    The nose is full of blackberry fruit that hints at the richness of the palate. The dark fruit character continues in the mouth, with soft hints of spi... Read More
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    Delightful spicy wild-herb undertones with black pepper and vanilla notes. This elegant wine is well balanced with a beautiful plum colour and a long ... Read More
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    • Origin
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    Aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries fill the nose with just a subtle hint of vanilla in the back ground. Light to medium body, the palate... Read More
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    Vibrant red in colour with aromas of dark berry and spic. Rich and jam like on the palate with a ripe and very juicy character with perfect balance. L... Read More
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    • Origin
    • South Africa
    A superb Chardonnay with tropical fruit aromas and a hint of vanilla. The plate is full and generous with finish showing good length with the toasty o... Read More
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    A lively South African white with the classic punchy fruit flavour we've come to expect from the Chenin made here. Very well textured on the palate, c... Read More
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    Pale gold with a distinctive green hue and a well-balanced sweet nose of tropical fruit and honey. The palate offers citrus flavours with a hint of pe... Read More
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    An elegant and full-bodied wine with good balance and tropical citrus flavours. Rich and buttery on the palate, with a firm structure. Read More
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    Clear colour with a light aroma, mostly flint and like a Loire wine, but with more Apricot fruit on the palate. Read More
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    This is a really interesting and well made wine made with an interesting blend of Chenin Blanc and Pinot Grigio each grape passing on its own expressi... Read More
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    A bright and juicy dry white wine with aromas of yellow plums and baked apples. Read More
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    Intensely flavoured and well textured white that has peach and melon fruit flavour in abundance. In the mouth this is well supported by vanilla notes ... Read More
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Chenin Blanc, known in South Africa as Steen, is widely planted and eminently drinkable and has been joined by Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc as the key white varieties.  Red vines are being more widely planted and international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz have all found places within the varied climate to thrive. It is the indigenous Pinotage, however, that flies the flag and gives South Africa an important grape of its own.

History

Apartheid may have been something of a watershed, but South Africa has been producing and exporting wine to great acclaim since the late seventeenth century.  The Dutch East India Company introduced the vine, and the making of wine, in the belief that it combated scurvy, and the industry has never died out.  It has, however, suffered many a setback.  The collapse of the 19th-century export market to Britain, phylloxera, war, overproduction and the rise of an all-powerful, government-backed cooperative (the KWV) all dented quality and demand and it is only since 1990 that the wines of South Africa have become competitive and desirable once more.

The Classification System

In common with much of the New World, South Africa operates a classification system that is simpler, less revealing and more flexible than the major wine-producing nations of Europe.  It is the Wine of Origin system and it was introduced in 1973.  There are four regions - Coastal, Breede River Valley, Klein Karoo and Olifants River - that are divided into districts that are sub-divided into wards.  In a country where the climate and conditions are so varied, a geographical system such as this makes sound sense and the different classifications are not entirely arbitrary.  In addition, 85 percent of the grape variety and vintage must be that which is stated on the label.

Climate and Conditions

Diversity of climate, a new breed of winemaker, acceptance of international grape varieties and a willingness to persevere with their own established heritage means that South Africa today has a host of exciting and ever improving wines.  Favourite international grapes may be achieving the most immediate results, but Pinotage and Chenin Blanc are producing good wines that in the right hands may even aspire to greatness.

 

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