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The Western Cape province in South Africa accounts for the majority of the wines produced in the country. The growing conditions and terroirs are varied in this vast region, making it conducive to many varietal possibilities and production styles. Due to considerable international influences, this is a place where Old and New World methods converge. 
 
Pinotage is the national grape, and is cultivated along with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Chenin Blanc is the most popular white grape along with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling. And as more international interest is taken in establishing vineyards, so to is the expansion of varietal possibilities. 
 
The subregions of the Western Cape are:
 
*Breede River Valley (includes Robertson)
*Cape Agulhas
*Coastal Region (includes Stellenbosch and Paarl)
*Klein Karoo
*Olifants River
*Overberg
*Ruiterbosch
*Walker Bay
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinotage

    History of the grape: In 1925, Stellenbosch University Chief Horticulture Professor Abraham Izak Perold created the P...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Jam Jar

    Jam Jar was born out of the realization that there are not a lot of options available to consu...

  • Sebeka

    South African culture is deeply rooted in tradition and is powerfully bonded to the land. With sw...

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  • Drostdy Hof Pinotage 2016

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    This bottle of wine was part5 of a lot I bought from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/129936. Pinotage is a hybrid grape developed in the 1920's in a South African university between pinot noir and cinsault which is now widely grown in that country.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork. There is plenty of a b... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Two Oceans Shiraz 2016

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/129986.It is from the large Two Oceans concern in South Africa and made of 100% syrah/shiraz grapes sourced from five different locations with the wine spending three months in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of pork stew.It is a f... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I recently bought this one: ... 100% Chenin Blanc in the Western Cape. Buiten Gewoon also has a red wine, I'll try that one next Read More

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  • Bloem White Blend Western Cape 2016

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    This has a floral, fleshy and peach driven nose with lemon citrus notes. On the palate this starts out zesty and citrusy with lemon and grapefruit giving way to a burst of green apple and pear fruit before becoming briny with notes of sea spray and a creamy finish. Nice complexity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Backsberg Chenin Blanc Western Cape

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    Slate rock minerality and green apple on the steely nose. This has a touch of peach and green apple fruit but carries a bit of aged cheese and cream towards the finish that adds another dimension of complexity with a tingle of acidity towards the dry oaky finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Indaba Chenin Blanc Western Cape 2016

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    Green apple and lime aromas with a light honeysuckle floral note. This is simple, refreshing and juicy on the palate with lime and melon fruit flavors, a medium-full acidity and a bit of herb on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Eikeboom Chenin Blanc Western Cape 2016

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    Lightly buttered aromas of melon and pear on the nose. A hint of fruit sugar greets the palate with peach and apricot notes, even a touch of pineapple adding some additional fresh fruit flavor before this finishes clean and light with confectioners sugar and green melon.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Kanu White Blend Kia-Ora Noble Late Harvest 2006

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    sweet, yet refreshing enough Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Arabella Reserve Chardonnay 2015

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    Another recent Naked Wines selection. Clear Silver Gold in the glass. Opens with a lemon vanilla with a bit of underripe Cherry; then a buttery yeast, then more vanilla oak and lemon. Nice bit of acid with lemon and lemon grass, slate and mineral. As it sits still remains crisp, but loses some of the lemon and takes on more vanilla oak. Nicely b... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • La Motte Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • We just had a very smooth Cab @ a local restaurant. It was a 2009 Western Cape South Africa.Any more info?

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  • Very underrated abd under sold. Some great volue wines coming out of this area. One just has to look for the smaller brands that are doing well.

    Comment by 385418Jeremy7941 385418 Jeremy7941


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