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Wines From South Africa

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South Africa has been producing wine much longer than most people realise. Over 350 years, to be specific. Colonisation and changes in government have prevented the area from becoming acknowledged for its wine production until recently, but as international interest in South African wine production increases, so does the quality of the wine. African wines are expected to be significant contenders in the years ahead, assuming political stability in the area.

The best African reds are made mainly from Pinotage (a hybrid of Pinot Noir and Cinsault) and suggest the restraint and subtlety of classic French Wines. The better whites are mostly Sauvignon Blanc, and suggestive of New Zealand wines from the same grape.

Backsberg Pinotage
Backsberg Estate
1996
Red Wine
Backsberg Shiraz
Backsberg Estate
1997
Shiraz
Backsberg Cabernet
Backsberg Estate
1996
Cabernet
Beyerskloof Pinotage
Beyerskloof
1995
Red Wine
Impala Merlot
Impala
1996
Merlot
Meerlust Merlot
Meerlust
1995
Merlot
Rawson's Ruby Cabernet Merlot
Rawson's
Cabernet Merlot
Saxenburg Pinotage Red Wine
Saxenburg
1996
Red Wine
Springbok Shiraz
Springbok
1994
Shiraz