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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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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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  • Douglas Green Red Blend the Beach House 2011

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    Organic Mairi brought to Norwich Bitter but fruity Read More

    Wine review by gmoserc


  • Goats Do Roam Red 2013

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    Interesting South African blend and reasonably priced. Fruit forward with ripe raspberry, lots of spice, and smooth oaky finish. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky


  • Goats Do Roam Red 2013

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    Ripe red berries, lots of spice, and smooth oaky finish. Read More

    Wine review by Zinmaniac


  • Skoonuitsig Chenin Blanc 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Xeeran


  • Indaba Mosaic 2013

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    65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc Jammy black currant and black cherry fruits greet the nose wrapped in a thin veil of spicy oak and with some inky, violet tinged top notes. Smooth on entry then this turns slightly angular in the mouth with attractive open and clear fruit that has a very subtle bit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The Beach House White 2013

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    It is a great summer wine very light and not to sweet. Read More

    Wine review by misenberg55


  • Skoonuitsig Prestige Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Xeeran


  • De Morgenzon Cabernet Sauvignon Rose Dmz 2013

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    Very Cabernet driven on the nose with obvious notes of roasted chilies and red currant fruit. A hint of sweetness on entry is quickly balanced by plenty of juicy acidity here. A fairly big and slightly chewy rose, this delivers tons of slightly jammy strawberry and red currant fruit on the palate with a hint of herbaceousness adding complexity. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Nederburg Pinotage Western Cape 2011

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    Wine review by Derek25


  • Nederburg Pinotage Western Cape 2011

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    Wine review by Derek25


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

    Comment by 635472Woodbeck 635472 Woodbeck


  • 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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