South Africa is perhaps one of the most under-appreciated wine regions in the world. Most of the South African wine vineyards are farmed cooperatively. There are around 5,000 growers in South Africa, most of which take their grapes to co-ops. South Africa has had various problems throughout the years because of isolationist practices from its government. For years, South African growers had difficult times importing vine cuttings because of a quarantine system that was in place. Chenin Blanc does particularly well in South Africa as does the most famous hybrid in the country, Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Besides its signature wines, Pinotage and Chenin Blanc, South Africa has had good success with Bordeaux varietals and Syrah.
"Displays ripe apple aromas and a light to medium-bodied, simple yet fun personality. Lively, smile-inducing and fresh, it offers flavors reminiscent of crisp apples and citrus fruits."
"A splash of citrus and ripe peach aromas. Hints of gooseberries and tangy tangerine with a subtle vanilla oak finish."
"94 Points- Kahn's Staff. Loaded with ripe mandarin and lime on the nose, leading to notes of early spring jasmine and cling peaches. The tropical palate is richly textured with hints of wild herbs and Indian spice, adding complexity and good depth. It is medium-bodied and unhindered by oak giving a lively fruit structure and soft and easy finish."
"95 Points- Kahn's Staff. The Big Easy Red Blend is a melange of ripe Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon and layered with waves of Grenache, Cinsaut, Mourvedre and a touch of Viognier. Quite perfumed and fittingly complex, the palate is lined with chocolate, spice and confectionary cherries. A peppery nuance adds further character, all framed by a fine structure and juicy core. Ready to drink, its long chalky finish will assist its 5 years ageing potential."
"Prime Cuts Red is a blend of classic South African grape varieties. In other markets, non-varietal red blends often meet with resistance but this is to miss out on some amazingly great value wines."
"A lovely blend of grape varieties from the Cape, fresh and fruity palate, crisp and lively finish. A hugely drinkable wine which would pair well with food as well"
"Beautiful golden straw colour with a green tinge. The first thing you pick up on the nose is stone fruit followed by dried apricots and peaches. As you delve deeper you start picking up hints of marmalade and a touch of wood spice. The palate is big, bold and viscous. It is well rounded and well balanced between the fruit, the acidity and the sweetness with a medley of flavours that lingers on the palate for what seems to be endless."
"This wine has a deep red colour with purplish edges. On the nose it shows ample red berry fruit with a sweetish fruitcake character enhanced by a spicy oak finish. Full-bodied on the palate with ripe plum flavours, this robust red is supported by a good tannic backbone, which will soften with time."
"A rare cultivar with 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 well balanced wine with a delicate sweetness and a crisp acidity. Enjoyed as an aperitif; partner to spicy fusion foods - not hot; sweet Cape curries, or goose liver and baked fruits."
"Lions Kop Merlot originates from three different vineyards, from which grapes were extremely carefully selected for their specific characteristics. Durbanville fruit. where Merlot fully ripens under rather cool conditions, lends a beautiful mineral character. Hermanus Hermanus, from an ocean side vineyard, provides a hint of mint, and a lot of freshness. Stellenbosch is the third origin of the grapes where bush vines, deep into the Stellenbosch Valley, provide highly concentrated black fruits that add an intense ripe fruit note to the Lions Kop Merlot."