Zonnebloem Pinotage 2003 Front Label
Zonnebloem Pinotage 2003 Front Label

Zonnebloem Pinotage 2003

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    Made in the new style of fruitier Pinotages. A deep ruby coloured wine, rich with strawberry flavours. Needs time to integrate tannins and wood. Good maturation potential.

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    Zonnebloem, South Africa
    Zonnebloem ("sunflower" in Afrikaans) is the flagship of Stellenbosch Farmers' Winery. The grapes are grown in the districts of Stellenbosch and Durbanville and vinified and aged at historic Stellenbosch Farmers' Winery. It has been a top medal winner at international wine fairs around the world.
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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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    LAU370560703_2003 Item# 81716

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