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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

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  • Nederburg Shiraz the Winemaster's Reserve 2009

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    Is that South African terroir or is there some Pinotage in here? A little rubbery and with the notes of burning rubber that are often found in Pinotage, this does show plenty of jammy, somewhat wild plum fruit on the nose with subtle shadings of chocolaty used oak and peppery accents Bright, round and well balanced on entry,there's a polish he... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Douglas Green Steen Vineyard Creation Western Cape 2010

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    Very nice simple South African chenin blanc. Lemon meringue, dried apricot, a touch of honey, modest acidity and a short to medium finish. Good diversion from the usual suspects and a very good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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    Wine review by Kait7557


  • Golden Kaan Merlot 2006

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    Wine review by lorile


  • Sauvignon Blanc. Tall Horse 2012

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    A bit heavier than American Sauvignon Blanc, yet deliciously sweet in an uncommon way. Read More

    Wine review by sunshineandmerlot


  • Indaba Chardonnay 2011

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    To me, not as clean as other Chardonnays we enjoy. Sherri favorite Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • Bellow's Rock Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Crisp, flowery Read More

    Wine review by Jaywin


  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2012

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    Wine review by lynnjp


  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2012

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  • Indaba Mosaic 2012

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    Blue fruits and spicy herbs greet the nose along with a little green anise seed and some sweet gum notes. Fairly fruity in the mouth with enough acidity to give this a touch of an edgy feel, there are no obvious tannins allowing the slightly inky, blue fruits to open nicely on the palate. This is broad with lovely slightly candied blackberry fru... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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