South African wines are currently experiencing an exciting moment of growth. With the benefits of an extensive replanting programme emerging, middle-aged vines reaching an expressive maturity of flavours and the old virus infected vines replaced, this is little wonder. Below are some South African wines that display the tremendous potential and tastes that South Africa has to offer.
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Planted in 1965, the Amos Block is South Africa’s oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard. This wine is only made in exceptional years. The palate bursts with tropical notes with a lime-like zest on the finish.
Made from one of the most exciting varieties in Swartland, this comes from low-yielding unirrigated bushvines. Deep black cherry and cardamom aromas are enhanced by 14 months of ageing in French and American oak.
With ripe peach and honeysuckle aromas, followed by spice from oak age and a lifted finish, this Viognier is a South African take on the Condrieu style.
The fruit for this Shiraz comes from the slopes of Paarl Mountain on decomposed granite soils. With 12 months oak ageing (French and American barrels), vanilla aromas combine perfectly with the natural spiciness of the variety.
Gabriëlskloof is a beautiful wine estate located near the Bot River east of Cape Town. This is a blend of old vine Semillon from Franschhoek and Sauvignon Blanc from maritime climate Gabriëlskloof. Fermentation in large oak casks with minimal intervention gives this wine textural richness and freshness.
With a wild ferment and a proportion of whole cluster fruit, this aromatic, earthy Cabernet Franc has aromas of wild berries, violets and graphite.