South Africa is perhaps one of the most under-appreciated wine regions in the world. Most of the South African wine vineyards are farmed cooperatively. There are around 5,000 growers in South Africa, most of which take their grapes to co-ops. South Africa has had various problems throughout the years because of isolationist practices from its government. For years, South African growers had difficult times importing vine cuttings because of a quarantine system that was in place. Chenin Blanc does particularly well in South Africa as does the most famous hybrid in the country, Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Besides its signature wines, Pinotage and Chenin Blanc, South Africa has had good success with Bordeaux varietals and Syrah.
"A tangy succulence taste is immediately apparent in the mouth. Plum and red fruit flavors are lifted and freshened with a vibrant acidity and edge of grapefruit zest. Delicious and refreshing with a clearly defined tail"
"Lions Kop Merlot originates from three different vineyards, from which grapes were extremely carefully selected for their specific characteristics. Durbanville fruit. where Merlot fully ripens under rather cool conditions, lends a beautiful mineral character. Hermanus Hermanus, from an ocean side vineyard, provides a hint of mint, and a lot of freshness. Stellenbosch is the third origin of the grapes where bush vines, deep into the Stellenbosch Valley, provide highly concentrated black fruits that add an intense ripe fruit note to the Lions Kop Merlot."
"A splash of citrus and ripe peach aromas. Hints of gooseberries and tangy tangerine with a subtle vanilla oak finish."
"Displays ripe apple aromas and a light to medium-bodied, simple yet fun personality. Lively, smile-inducing and fresh, it offers flavors reminiscent of crisp apples and citrus fruits."
"Pale lemon in color with a bouquet of fresh, crisp fruit. The palate reveals hints of pear, citrus and honeysuckle. The wine is created in a lighter, more accessible style for earlier enjoyment."
"49% Shiraz, 21% Grenache, 20% Gamay Noir, 10% Mourvedre. A deep pink color with strawberry and rose petal notes. Red berries and an elegant fresh finish on the palate. The ideal wine to drink with tapenade, grilled chicken, fish or lamb with herbs."