South Africa

South Africa
A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most control over wines and vineyards until the late 1980's. Now, with a bit more competition, quality is coming around. Yet, South African wine was not even seen in American wine stores until the mid-1990's – the trade embargo on the country for their racial apartheid laws kept South African wine out of the US. When apartheid fell, so did the embargo, and SA bottles began showing up on US shelves.

Notable Facts
White wine has always been the cash crop of South Africa, with much of it distilled to make brandy. More white than red is planted, much of it the Steen variety – known elsewhere in the world as Chenin Blanc. Good producers are making top quality dry wines from this grape. Another grape gaining some raves is Sauvignon Blanc, producing whites that are dry and crisp, yet rounder than many of its Southern Hemisphere counterparts. For reds, the top grapes are Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon (& blends) and Pinotage. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends was once the favorite and most-produced, but Shiraz is taking over as wineries crank out high quality wines from the variety. Pinotage, which used to be a grape only your mother could love, has improved dramatically and is often as delicious as it is distinctive. The most popular regions of the country include Stellenbosch and Paarl.

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  • Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2012
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  • Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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  • Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2014
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  • Jam Jar Sweet White 2014
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  • Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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  • MAN Vintners Pinotage 2013
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  • Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2013
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  • Essay Chenin Blanc 2014
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  • Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2013
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  • De Morgenzon DMZ Chardonnay 2013
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  • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2013
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  • Ernie Els Proprietor's Blend 2011
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  • Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013
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  • Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block Red Blend 2012
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  • Indaba Chardonnay 2013
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  • Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2012
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