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Kumkani Shiraz/Cabernet 2000

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Deep red color with medium red hue. Intense chocolate, mint and blackberry fruit aromas subtly supported by sweet vanillin oak. Strong berry fruit and chocolate dominate the palate with fine, yet firm tannins and a long choc-mint finish. The wine has a good ageing potential of 5 - 10 years though its drinking very well now It's a great partner with your cheese plate, or Bacon Quiche. The wine sees 13 Months in 80% small French oak barrel (of which 50% was new) and 20% in small American oak barrels.

"Kumkani means "king" in Xhosa, and this has a rather royal bearing, displaying good depth of fruit and the unique earthiness particular to certain South African reds. The fruit positively shines on the dry, supple palate, picking up earth, game and herb notes. A structured wine, it's built to last, with solid tannins on the lengthy close. Drink from 2004 to 2006 and beyond. Best Buy."
-Wine Enthusiast

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Kumkani

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Kumkani, South Africa
The Kumkani range buys into the theme of ethnic royalty with a name based on the Xhosa word for king (Umkani). The use of ethnic branding for this premium wine illustrates Stellenbosch Vineyards' pride and confidence in its African heritage. Xhosa is the language of the African people who live in the Western Cape. The king is held in God-like awe in tribal governance, as he is the supreme leader.

South Africa

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With an important wine renaissance is in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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