Three Wines From Stellenbosch, South Africa Worth Seeking Out

Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Sarah Wong, SCMP
We taste a pinotage, a chenin blanc and a shiraz from family-owned wineries based in Western Cape town whose Mediterranean climate makes it ideal for winemaking

Stellenbosch is a town in South Africa’s Western Cape province. Boasting a Mediterranean climate, its winemaking history dates back to the 17th century, and the area is currently home to about 170 producers. Two of the best family-owned wineries are Kanonkop and Stellenrust and both produce high-quality wines that are good value and worth seeking out.

Stellenrust Peppergrinder’s Shiraz 2011, Stellenbosch

Established in 1928, Stellenrust Wine Estate is one of South Africa’s largest family-owned wineries, with 400 hectares of vineyards. Half are in Stellenbosch’s “golden triangle”, half in Bottelary Hills (two top wine-growing areas), with a cool climate with maritime influences.

Fruit is sourced from a single vineyard planted in 1952. The wine is aged for 20 to 24 months, 95 per cent in French oak and 5 per cent in American oak.

Dense black fruit, licorice, black pepper and spicy notes. Medium body, with ripe tannins. Quite elegant with a good core of fruit. An approachable, easy drinking style. HK$185

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