A dynamic wine region that produces new and exciting styles, South Africa shot to fame in the wine world following the end of the apartheid era. South African wines are perhaps best known because of the white chenin blanc and red Pinotage grapes – but the region is also famed for blends and offers an eclectic selection for wine lovers of all styles. More than any other producer, South Africa has mastered the art of blended wines and some of its best bottlings are a result of exciting blends.
South African Red Wine
Red wine from South Africa is mainly centred around Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault – which offers rustic flavours and bramble notes. Originally, it was not a well-appreciated grape but has evolved as the terroir it was grown in has been cultivated and improved. South African merlot is also a popular grape and can be found on shelves around the world. Cabernet Sauvignon is also widely cultivated in the country and offers full-bodied, bold tastes.
South African White Wine
You cannot discuss South African wine without mentioning Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. Both are staples of South African White Wine, well-represented throughout the country and adored around the world.
South African Rosé
The many blends used by South African producers leads to lots of flavoursome South African rosé wines. Many of these bottlings come from the Western Cape and are soft, delicate and refreshing – perfect for warm summer days.
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South Africa’s ambitious wine scene is constantly refining and improving its offerings. This country’s relatively young wine trade has developed unforgettable wines and a rich variety of styles that has helped it earn its reputation as one of the world’s best producers.