South Africa

South African wine has a history dating back to 1659. Access to international markets has unleashed a burst of new energy and new investment. Production is concentrated around Cape Town, with major vineyard and production centres at Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester. There are about 60 appellations within the Wine of Origin (WO) system, which w...

South African wine has a history dating back to 1659. Access to international markets has unleashed a burst of new energy and new investment. Production is concentrated around Cape Town, with major vineyard and production centres at Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester. There are about 60 appellations within the Wine of Origin (WO) system, which was implemented in 1973 with a hierarchy of designated production regions, districts and wards. WO wines must be made 100% from grapes from the designated area. "Single vineyard" wines must come from a defined area of less than 5 hectares. An "Estate Wine" can come from adjacent farms, as long as they are farmed together and wine is produced on site. A ward is an area with a distinctive soil type and/or climate, and is roughly equivalent to a European appellation. 

 

The wine regions of South Africa were delineated under the "Wine of Origin" (Wyn van Oorsprong) legislation enacted in 1973. Sharing some similarities with the French Appellation d'originecontrôlée (AOC) system, all South African wines listing a "Wine of Origin" must be composed entirely of grapes grown in that region. The "Wine of Origins" (WO) program legislates how wine regions of South Africa are defined and can appear on wine labels. While some aspects of the WO are taken from the AOC, the WO is primarily concern with accuracy in labelling and does not place any additional regulations on wine regions such as permitted varieties, trellising methods, irrigation and crop yields. Wine regions under the WO system fall under one of four categories-the largest and most generic are Geographical Units (such as the Western Cape region) which includes the smaller, but still largely defined Regions (such as Costal Region), followed by districts (such as Stellenbosch) and then finally wards. While geographical units, regions and districts are largely defined by political boundaries-wards are the level of origin designation that is most defined by unique terroir characteristics.

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This is dense, but has a sleek, racy feel overall, with lively black currant, anise and raspberry fruit laced with maduro tobacco, savory herb and iron notes.

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Delicately sweet with a refreshing crisp finish and a fruity aftertaste.

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The composition and make up of Hannibal is unique to the Bouchard Finlayson label. This vintage is potentially the best Hannibal ever at Bouchard Finlayson.

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This blend offers great balance of expressive ripe pineapple, passion fruit and honey melon from Chenin Blanc tinged with graceful peach and orange blossom from Viognier. Crisp and delicious served well chilled on its own or with fish BBQs, light lunches and at book club.

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This wine has good length with a dry finish and can mature for a further 7-8 years

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Wonderful array of classic, cooler Cabernet attributes complimented by velvety Merlot flavours.

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A brave and bold full bodied blend of Merlot, Pinotage and Cabernet Franc

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The 2012 Chocolate Block is a blend of Syrah (69%); Grenache Noir (14%); Cabernet Sauvignon (11%); Cinsault (5%) and Viognier (1%).

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This has a hearty, slightly rugged core of dark currant, plum sauce and fig paste, while the edges are polished and racy, with alder wood, sweet spice and anise providing a nice contrast through the finish.

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Aged in about 80% new oak for 22 months, the 2008 Marlbrook has a ripe plum, baked dark cherry, sandalwood and dried herb nose with good definition.

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A lively, bright, plum-coloured wine with a complex nose of ripe berry, layered fruit and undertones of vanilla.

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This is packed, boasting a great, rugged mountain fruit feel to the chunky but integrated structure that supports the dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit.

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