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South African WineTraditionally, South African wine was known for two varietals - Chenin Blanc (known there as Steen) and Pinotage, a less than successful try at making a hardier, higher yielding Pinot Noir (by crossing it with Cinsault, which grows like a weed).
Their Chenin Blanc is still top notch, and Pinotage still has its devotees. But South Africa is now known for much more.
They are now making excellent wines from many varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Syrah (Shiraz) and Sauvignon Blanc can stand with the top ranks of those varieties from around the world.
The dar, blackcurrant fruit of Cabernet combined with the spicy-sweet Shiraz creates roundness and mouth feel. The tannin structure of the oak complements to acid profile of the Shiraz.... more