South Africa

South African wine has been produced since 1659, when the first wine was produced by the Commander of the Cape, Jan van Riebeeck. Production is concentrated in the south-west of the country, with major vineyard and production centres at Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester.

SAWIS (South African Wine Information and Systems) reported in 2005 that the country had 100,207 hectares of vineyards, with about 55 percent planted in white varieties. 19.1 percent of vineyard area was planted in Chenin Blanc; 11.2 percent in Colombard; 11 percent in Sultana (a grape also used for raisins and table grapes), with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc each accounting for less than 7.5 percent of the national vineyard area.

The 2005 statistics indicated that 13.5 percent of South Africa`s vineyard area was planted in Cabernet Sauvignon, and 9.4 percent in Shiraz, with Merlot and Pinotage planted in seven percent and 6.7 percent of the national vineyard area respectively.

A Wine of Origin system was implemented in 1973 with designated production regions, districts and wards. There are nearly 60 officially declared appellations. Many South African wine estates are national monuments because of their age and historical importance.

Dr. Abraham Izak Perold, the first Professor of Viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch, developed the Pinotage grape variety in 1925 through crossing Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Pinotage is a wine for which South Africa is well known.

Other notable varieties include Riesling, known in South Africa as Weisser Riesling, Crouchen, a French varietal known as ``Cape Riesling``, Trebbiano, an Italian grape known as ``Ugni Blanc``, and Muscat.

This article is based entirely or in part on the South Africa wikipedia article and is licenced under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation Licence.


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Boschendal Cabernet Sauvignon 1979

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£26.10  

Vintage: non-vintag Color: unspecifie Country: South Africa Code: 31173

Bradgate Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 14

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (56%), Merlot (38%) and Syrah (6%). Rich, plummy Merlot complements the minty, blackcurrant flavours of Cabernet Sauvignon. Nuances of the spicy, peppery and dark berry fruit of the Syrah adds complexity to the wine. [read on...]


£8.20  

A B V: 13.5% Vintage: 2014 Color: red Country: South Africa Code: 83962

Bradgate Chenin Blanc 2015

Blend ofChenin Blanc (87%) and Sauvignon Blanc (13%) was tank fermented and wine in selected tanks left on thelees to add richness. Rich tropical pear flavours of Chenin Blanc compliment the green fig and red pepper freshness of the Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is balanced by a crisp elegant finish. [read on...]


£7.80  

A B V: 13% Vintage: 2015 Color: white Country: South Africa Code: 83954

Buitenverwachting "1767" Half Litre

A Constantia classic, famed for its sweet wines made from Muscat. Honey, lime marmalade, peaches, ripe apricots, melon and apple characters abound, beautifully balanced by delicious acidity bringing the lovely sweet flavours and mouthfeel into perfect haromny. Blue chesses, fois gras and salty dishes make perfect partners. Also, it makes a perfect end to a meal. Alc. 14. 5% [read on...]


£11.70  

A B V: 14.5% Vintage: non-vintag Color: white Country: South Africa Region: Western Cape Code: 75891

Cape Atlantic Merlot 2015

Fruity aromas of plums and mulberries ith hints of mocha and dark chocolate. Soft ripe tannins make this pocket friendly value wine eminently drinkable. [read on...]


£8.65  

A B V: 14.5% Vintage: 2015 Color: red Country: South Africa Region: Northern Cape Code: 82911

Cederberg Bukettraube 2016

A rare cultivar with only 77 hectares left in the world. Cederberg Bukettraube is an explosion of aroma and flavour. It has prominent Muscat flavours with apricot and floral notes on the nose. A finely balanced wine with a delicate sweetness and a crisp acidity to balance. [read on...]


£11.10  

A B V: 13.5% Vintage: 2016 Color: white Country: South Africa Region: Northern Cape Code: 83928

Cederberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The Cederberg high altitude Cabernet vineyards have a longer ripening period giving rise to this phenonemal wine. Bags of blackcurrants with cedarwood undertones on the nose with hints of smokiness and tobacco leaf creating a complex wine. There is fine integration of oak with a velvety finish in the mouth. One of the best in South Africa and regularly one of our favourite Cederberg reds. [read on...]


£16.65  

A B V: 14% Vintage: 2015 Color: red Country: South Africa Code: 82946

Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2005

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£8.40  

A B V: 13% Vintage: 2005 Color: unspecifie Country: South Africa Region: Cederberg Code: 64475

Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2007

Consistent Cape benchmark during the last decade gathering a clutch of awards. Made from old vines it is recognized for its powerfull nose of grapefruit, melon and citrus flavours which jumps out of the glass. Mouth tinglling crispness and a long fruity laden finish. [read on...]


£7.95  

A B V: 14% Vintage: 2007 Color: white Country: South Africa Region: Northern Cape Code: 69306

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