KWV Pinotage 2000

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This youthful cherry red wine oozes charm and personality from its fragrant, sweet ripe plum-flavoured nose to the fresh juicy, palate which has a subtle touch of chocolate. Good aging material.

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KWV, South Africa
The former KWV Co-operative was formed on 8 January 1918 by the South African wine farmers, to act as a spokesperson, adviser, production and marketing innovator of the South African wine industry in general, and for its farmer members, in particular. Today, its 4 500 farmer members are the shareholders of the KWV Group.

With its conversion to a group of companies in 1997, the regulatory and administrative functions that the KWV Co-operative exercised on behalf of the state, have been transformed to the newly-established Wine Industry Trust. This Trust has been formed as a non-profit organisation, jointly by KWV and the Minister of Agriculture, to perform these functions, as well as ensuring the generic promotion of South African wines abroad.

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With an important wine renaissance 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.

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PBC2632248_2000 Item# 27825

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