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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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  • Sebeka

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

  • Jam Jar

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

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  • Jam Jar Shiraz Sweet Shiraz 2009

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    I agree with all of the reviews above - above average sweetness, very cute label, highly drinkable. My boyfriend found this a little too sweet, as he prefers a more dry wine. Read More

    Wine review by chikpea


  • Fairview Goatsroam Red ' 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by lokesh


  • Sebeka Pinotage Blend Shiraz Pinotage Blend 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by erwinmark


  • Jam Jar Shiraz Sweet Shiraz 2009

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    I tried the 2009 Jam Jar Shiraz at an in-store tasting. It's sweeter than a regular shiraz with its berry notes, but it's a nice little wine nonetheless. It goes well with eggs (especially quiche!), pork, and beef. The label suggests that it be served slightly chilled, but it goes down just fine at room temperature. I'd buy it again. Read More

    Wine review by afrosaxon


  • Jam Jar Shiraz Sweet Shiraz 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Just polished off a bottle of this with the wife - what a fun wine. The name is perfect. The sweet is more of a honey sweet than a berry sweet. The sweet is not overpowering, but can be a bit unsettling the first few sips. It's kinda what I imagine Red Mead would taste like. Read More

    Wine review by thomanjones


  • Savanha Wines Pinotage Blend Pinotage-Shiraz 2007

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    This wine is straight-up delicious. Medium bodied and doesn't have the complexity of James Joyce but it delivers with flavors of smoked fish, leather, blueberries, red fruit and chocolate. Not to mention that the "delicious" and "drinkability" factors are high. Want to expand your palate? Never had Pinotage before? Start here. Read More

    Wine review by treemoss


  • The Chocolate Block 2007

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    Really enjoyed. Read More

    Wine review by Nelson Lamas


  • Sebeka Cabernet/Pinotage Western Cape Swartland Winery

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    No written review

    Wine review by deviledhoney


  • Kumala Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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    I found this wine nothing special and quite bitter...the aftertaste is not pleasant. I will probably use the rest of the bottle for cooking. Read More

    Wine review by kerriew


  • Jam Jar Shiraz Sweet Shiraz 2009

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    Costco was featuring this wine last week so I decided to pick up a a couple bottles to have on hand for a cocktail party. Well, did this wine turn heads?!! I opened up a bottle to share over assorted meats and thought it was a perfect companion. The fruit makes a statement, but not too strong. A nice, lively wine. Read More

    Wine review by ASouthRiver


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