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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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  • Pinotage

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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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...

  • Cru Wines

    Founded in 2003, Mariposa Wine Company is a portfolio of handcrafted artisan style wines that emb...

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  • Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Binny's 5/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • I opened this 2014 Burl Pinotage from Western Cape, South Africa last night upon returning home.  Small glass to end the night with and it was ok, but nothing special.  I have yet to really enjoy a South African wine, but then again, I haven't paid much for one yet either.  Has anyone tried a good South African wine they would recommend (red or ... Read More

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  • Flagstone Writer's Block Pinotage 2011

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    Juicy with lots of flavour Read More

    Wine review by Yello5


  • Pearly Bay Celebration Sparkling NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by mootz


  • Winemaster's Reserve Pinotage. Nederburg 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by PJBradar


  • Nederburg Pinotage 2012

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    Deep ruby red coloration and very clear....slight violet hues around the rim. Aromas include tons of ripe fruit/berries, subtle spice and tinges of alcohol, but overall this is smooth. Flavors follow suit with very forward robust cherry, dark plum, and agreeably with the wine maker, banana...perhaps some vanilla bean and chocolate hidden in th... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Stormhoek Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape 2006

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    Got this '06 South African Sauv Blanc in a package bid at a charity event. Not bad, just not very good either. A bit flat and one dimensional with a fairly muted nose. The flavors that come out are not what I'd expect from any SB, no grapefruit, no lemon, just some dried pineapple, candy corn and a hit of white pepper on the back end. There's st... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2015

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    One thing the label got right for certain is 'sweet'. A bit dry, oaken finish, it's a transitioning medley of these three in this order. Although not my thing, After one glass, the oak takes over for me and is no longer of interest. All depends on the character a person looks for in a wine I suppose. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Protea Chenin Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • 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.

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