A classic Bordeaux blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Had I not known it was from South Africa, I would have sworn it was a Haut-Medoc cru classé, perhaps a Pichon Comtesse de Lalande. It has a very intense, almost dark ruby color. The aroma is spicy with young notes of sweet wood and then those of blueberry and blackcurrant that complete a rather austere and aristocratic bouquet. The mouthfeel has tannins that are already fine and in the process of settling in, while the acidity is excellent and refreshing and upholds the body, making the wine easy to drink. A young yet already very elegant wine. - DoctorWine
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You’ll find the bulk of South Africa’s wine regions on or near the coast of the Cape, where they leverage the cooling influence of the Southern Ocean. Combined with the mountain ranges that run through many of the regions, providing various altitudes, aspects, and soils, this unique landscape yields a wide range of wine styles. Among the black grape varieties planted here are Cabernet Sauvignon (the most widely planted), Merlot, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, also has significant plantings and is little grown elsewhere in the world. Winemakers create Pinotage in a range of styles, from light and fruity to full-bodied old-vine wines. Among the white grape varieties, Chenin Blanc is the most widely planted grape of either colour; Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are also widely grown. Among the prominent winemaking areas of South Africa are Stellenbosch, Paarl, Swartland, Walker Bay, Durbanville, Constantia, Worcester, Robertson, Elgin, and Elim.
Western Cape is a sweeping wine region of South Africa, with more than 90% of the country’s wine production happening here. It’s home to such important winemaking districts as Stellenbosch (the centre of fine-wine production for the country), Paarl, Cape Peninsula (specifically, the Constantia ward), Swartland, Worcester, Robertson, Walker Bay, and Elgin. Western Cape produces a wide range of wines, from bulk, inexpensive drops to premium brands. Keeping in mind its size, the province generally enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. However, microclimates vary thanks to the province’s many mountains, differing proximity to the ocean, changing elevations, and differing aspects. A diverse range of grapes also grow here, including Pinot Noir, Tinta Barocca, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, and Chenin Blanc.
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