South African Wines
Liberated by the advent of democracy, the South African wine industry has gone from strength to strength. A Mediterranean climate and the mountain slopes and valleys form the ideal habitat for the wine grape Vitis vinifera.
The top five grape varieties in South Africa are Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colombard, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc. South African vineyards were once dominated by white grape varieties but the predominantly red new plantings shifted that. In the last four years, winegrowers have started planting more whites than reds, a reversal of the 10-year trend to planting more reds.
Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making. In 1993 the farm and homestead was bought and restored and a new vineyard planting programme was established that now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon and Viognier. For years now the rumors have been rife that Boekenhoutskloof has been up to strange things in the cellar – like adding chocolate and spice to their wines. While they can’t deny that perhaps the off thing or two may have occurred at some of their cellar parties, they have to take and enigmatic Mona-Lisa type stance on this chocolate rumor. To them, chocolate is chocolate and wine is wine. They only express what is there. You’ll just have to try the wine to know more.
Cape Indaba Merlot is crafted in the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest, yet most diverse of the six plant kingdoms. “Indaba” is the Zulu word for “a meeting of the minds,” or a traditional gathering of tribal leaders for sharing ideas. The look and spirit of Indaba reflects both South Africa’s position as a leader in sustainable production and the handcrafted approach found in the country’s art world.
The Ernie Els Big Easy is rich and emphatic and yet, as the name suggests, still holds an amazingly easy silkiness on the palate. The dominant Shiraz offers complex notes of rosemary and cured meat whilst the Cabernet Sauvignon adds a beguiling structure and sweet cherry fruit core. Ernie Els Big Easy glistens in the glass. There is a vivid display of complexity with layered cinnamon, fynbos, liquorice and sappy red berry fruit.
Goats do Roam Red Wine is a fun Fairview concept that offers wines of superb quality. Respected South African winery Fairview owner/vintner Charles Back has built what started as a single red blend named Goats do Roam into a full-fledged wine company. The grapes are vinified in Fairview’s cellar in Paarl by Charles Back and resident winemaker Anthony de Jager, also responsible for the Fairview range.
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz a fresh, fruity, semi-sweet wine displays aromas and flavors of ripe, juicy berries with dark chocolate undertones. Refreshing and approachable with the perfect balance between sweetness and acidity.
Mulderbosch Rose has endeavored to represent innovation, flair and excellence. Delicate rose petal aromatics with a nuance of earthy Cabernet Sauvignon savouriness. This beautifully balanced rosé has layers of flavors which contribute to its distinct, complex palate. Fresh acidity and a low alcohol provide the savoury core of this wine. Abundance of Cabernet Sauvignon fruit flavors such as fresh strawberries, ripe cherries and subtle notes of white peach .