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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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  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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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  • 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


  • Cape Indaba Chardonnay Western Cape 2012

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    A bit melony on the nose but rather reticent overall width some apple and tangerine notes adding a touch of nuance. Bright on entry, this turns a bit plump in the mouth with a fair amount of volume but not a lot of depth of complexity. It does gain a nice subtle astringent note that help tot add both some textural interest as well as to offer a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Botanica Chenin Blanc 2010

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    From 50 year old vines grown at 300m elevation. 50% fermented in barrel, 50% in tank A little woodsy on the with aromas of melon and lime framed with nuanced smoke, white pepper, and slightly starchy, vegetal accents. Silky and with noticeable RS on the palate, this is big and wide open, while it does retain nice cut its a touch simple with nice... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ernie Els Chenin Blanc Big Easy 2013

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    A touch reticent on the nose though this does deliver some attractive quince, sour plum and vaguely green nutty aromas. Smooth, tart, and rich though undoubtedly from a touch of RS here. The flavors are simple but intense, with quince, lime, and even a little guava rolling off the powerful palate. Thi is an intense wine and the electric acidity ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc South Africa 2011

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    Gently floral on the nose with a lovely array of pear, quince and spice aromas. Soft and broad in the mouth, this shows off a riper, fruity side of South African Chenin, though it retains some of the austerity and bitter apple and almond notes that make the wines so attractive. A great introduction to the variety and one that is true to type yet... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cederberg Bukettraube 2011

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    Interesting South African white made from the bukettraube grape. Very floral viognier like nose but more reisling in taste. Very slightly sweet but not cloying, nice acidity with honeysuckle, dried pineapple and dried apricot. There's medium alcohol (13.5%) and a good finish. Pleasantly surprised. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Arabella Shiraz 2013

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    This was a miss the first time. Nice enough but not what I expected. Perhaps I did not get the right temp or let it breathe properly. I will try again later and if I change my mind I will revise.2nd bottle tried and did not even finish it. Just a miss. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2012

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    Wine review by thorella


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