Facebook pixel
Select Page

South African Red Wine

– reds of the cape

Highly innovative and hugely modern in ideas and production, South Africa has over twenty-four separate varieties of red wine grown throughout its wine regions.

Amongst these are the more familiar grapes like Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Pinot Noir, used with small amounts of blending with lesser known grapes such as Souzào (used for port), Mourvèdre (a spicy lesser known Spanish grape) and Cinsaut (Noir) to create a hugely varied set of red wines for export.

Read more about South African Red Wine

Vineyards
Breweries
Alcohol and Distilleries

South Africa Wines are like…

The closest comparison of the South African wine scene is that of Australia.

The unique perspective and methods of South African wineries is that like Australia, wines of the cape are grown and sold as a progressive and innovative developing industry.

The rigidity of European old industry wine vintages doesn’t have the same weighting that they do in Europe.

Unlike Australia, South Africa is one of the oldest growing vineyards in the world.

World famous dessert wine Constantia has been grown since the seventeenth century and is referenced in – amongst others – both Jane Austin’s and Charles Dickens classic literature.

But aside from this sweet dessert wine, South Africa has some of the largest selections of both red and white vineyard grapes in the world with the largest exports consisting of cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pilotage and Merlot.

Even the means in which the wines are displayed illustrates the honesty and transparency of wines of the cape.

Showing the percentage of the blending of each wine is the honest and common way for a vineyard to display the efforts and input into each bottling.

The Best

Some of the best blends are created on this continent: for example: these notable table wines: try the Allesverloren Touriga Nacional (100% Touriga Nacional), and the Alluvia “Give me a Chance” Red Blend 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 32% Merlot 28% Cabernet Franc.

Other notable mentions

Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon for an earthy and richly toned wine, ideal for game or hearty stews.
Also another favourite and reasonably priced wine is the Boschendal 1685 Shiraz, a long withstanding vintage, however a fantastically drinkable and delicious table wine.

For a more affordable option, the Catherine Marshall Myriad blend is described as a velvety and complex red, to enjoy with lighter duck and pork meals, and hearty pasta dishes – a true accompaniment to any decadent meal.

Author

Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Wine Writer

Michael is an online enthusiast, with a lot of knowledge about online marketing. Traveling around the world to hunt for the perfect wine. Latest on Sicily, where Etna has a huge impact on the taste, which is strong with a bitter aftertaste for the youngest wines, but older wines are fantastic. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one the passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂

Are you a Copywriter?

We have a lot of articles without much content, if you can do it better, you are welcome to write a nice article, and get the proper credit for that. Read more information about beeing an author, and Contact us for more information.

Red Wine Informations

Up for Wine Tasting in Europe? 5 Tours You can Definitely Think About

Up for Wine Tasting in Europe? 5 Tours You can Definitely Think About

There is no question that there are several places around the world where one can experience the magic of wine. Europe is the top wine-producing area, rendering it as one of the world's finest wine-travel destinations. European wine-making contributes to over...

5 Perfect Places to Share Wine With Their Loved Ones

5 Perfect Places to Share Wine With Their Loved Ones

I love couples, especially those who love food and wine. I feel that couples are adorable and admirable when they share the love with each other. I have seen people who love to explore and eat together. Do you belong to that couple community who will cherish the wine...

Low Sulfite Wines: Is There a Tradeoff?

Low Sulfite Wines: Is There a Tradeoff?

As a wine-drinker, you've undoubtedly heard about sulfites and low sulfite wine.  What could be better than wine that contains fewer sulfites, right? While that seems to make sense – and avoiding sulfites is currently in the spotlight – the rush to drive sulfites...

The Best Wines to Drink at Easter

The Best Wines to Drink at Easter

On first thought, Easter might not seem like a time of the year to appreciate wine. But step back a moment and think about it.

CBD Infused Wine! What is it & Why is it Trending?

CBD Infused Wine! What is it & Why is it Trending?

Wine is more than a drink that complements dinner. Millions of people take wine because of their underlying health benefits. For instance, it reduces the risks of diabetes and improves heart health. Source | CBD Infused Wine! What is it & Why is it Trending? Even...

Wine Grape Varieties
Wine Informations
Wine Merchants
No ratings yet.

Give this page a High Five!