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Sebeka Shiraz Blend Shiraz Pinotage Cape Blend 2006

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The grapes used to create the 2006 Sebeka South Africa Shiraz-Pinotage “Cape Blend” were grown in a number of South Africa’s finest vineyard districts located across the Western Cape. The cooler districts benefit from the fog created by the cold ocean currents coming north from Antarctica, as well as the vigorous “Cape Doctor” cross winds coming from the Indian ocean. The warmer districts take advantage of the bright South Africa sunshine and produce grapes with deep, rich colors and ripe fruit flavors. By marrying grapes from such diverse areas, Andries was able to produce a finished wine of great character and complexity. The Shiraz and Pinotage grapes were carefully hand harvested and gently de-stemmed. They were then crushed, pressed and fermented separately in upright stainless steel tanks to retain the bold fruit flavors of the wines. The juice was allowed ten days of fermentation at 22-25°C, and afterwards spent seven days macerating on the skins in order to intensify the colors and flavors. Each of the lots underwent malolactic fermentation. Andries tasted the finished wines and blended 60% Shiraz with 40% Pinotage to create this complex and layered wine-our signature “Cape Blend.”

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Winery: Sebeka
Color: Red
Blend: Syrah, Pinotage
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Sebeka:
South African culture is deeply rooted in tradition and is powerfully bonded to the land. With sweeping landscapes, magnificent wildlife, and bustling cities, today South Africa is a crossroads where unique indigenous cultures and modern lifestyles meet. Sebeka® wines are a prime example of how “Old World” traditions blend with “New World” styles to create a distinct taste experience for the ad... Read more
South African culture is deeply rooted in tradition and is powerfully bonded to the land. With sweeping landscapes, magnificent wildlife, and bustling cities, today South Africa is a crossroads where unique indigenous cultures and modern lifestyles meet. Sebeka® wines are a prime example of how “Old World” traditions blend with “New World” styles to create a distinct taste experience for the adventurous wine aficionado. With a 350-year winemaking history, South Africa is quickly emerging as one of the premier winegrowing regions worldwide. We invite you to pursue the real story, exploring the preconceptions and misconceptions that often swirl around a glass of South African wine. We invite you to experience South Africa, and its vibrant and turbulent viticultural history. “Since 1652…” The wine industry in South Africa, like its citizenry, has suffered economic, political, and developmental turmoil over the past 100 years. These political forces have been extremely influential in the development of vineyards as well as in the creation and exportation of wine. In 1652, Jan van Riebeeck, commissioned by the Dutch East India Company, established a food supply station for their fleet of merchant ships at the Cape of Good Hope in Africa. This powerful trade company was aware that 40% of a ship’s crew could possibly suffer from scurvy during an extended ocean voyage; therefore, they mandated a daily supply of wine for its sailors to prevent this incapacitating disease. Wine in South Africa flourished around the time of the European settlement; the first European vine went into the ground in 1655 at the southern tip of Africa, which led to the production of the first wine in 1659. Read less

Member Reviews for Sebeka Shiraz Blend Shiraz Pinotage Cape Blend

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Snooth User: winecanine
2839951
4.00 5
07/09/2007

Sebeka is a line of South African wines produced for Gallo by the Swartland Winery in the Western Cape province. Sporting yet another critter label, Sebeka wines are adorned with the image of a Cheetah in full flight. There are two whites and three reds, but the pick of the litter is the Sebeka Cape Blend Shiraz-Pinotage 2006. It's easy to drink, with plenty of body and jammy fruit from the Shiraz and a distinctly smoky component on the nose and palate from the Pinotage. Attractively priced at $7, this is a good wine to take to a barbeque, particularly if there's going to be lamb on the grill.


Snooth User: jaymesbawned
92991112
3.00 5
02/24/2009

Not the greatest taste by itself, but actually pretty good with a spicy italian sausage dish.


Snooth User: UltraNurd
2826550
4.00 5
07/21/2007

One of the better discount reds I've had. The flavor is a lot more complex than usual, I suppose because of its blended nature.


Snooth User: dillingerisdead
88493526
1.00 5
07/15/2011

"Animal Wines" are usually a red flag to wine drinkers. When I opened the capsule to reveal a synthetic cork, I knew Sebeka was no exception. Run with this cat and you WILL get bit. 66 points.


Snooth User: Ilian
2362115
4.50 5
08/16/2009

Verry good taste


Snooth User: matterhorn78
29998182
4.00 5
10/14/2007

Four glasses



The grapes used to create the 2006 Sebeka South Africa Shiraz-Pinotage “Cape Blend” were grown in a number of South Africa’s finest vineyard districts located across the Western Cape. The cooler districts benefit from the fog created by the cold ocean currents coming north from Antarctica, as well as the vigorous “Cape Doctor” cross winds coming from the Indian ocean. The warmer districts take advantage of the bright South Africa sunshine and produce grapes with deep, rich colors and ripe fruit flavors. By marrying grapes from such diverse areas, Andries was able to produce a finished wine of great character and complexity. The Shiraz and Pinotage grapes were carefully hand harvested and gently de-stemmed. They were then crushed, pressed and fermented separately in upright stainless steel tanks to retain the bold fruit flavors of the wines. The juice was allowed ten days of fermentation at 22-25°C, and afterwards spent seven days macerating on the skins in order to intensify the colors and flavors. Each of the lots underwent malolactic fermentation. Andries tasted the finished wines and blended 60% Shiraz with 40% Pinotage to create this complex and layered wine-our signature “Cape Blend.”

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