Hail a Cab from South Africa

Thursday, 13 January, 2022
City A.M, Libby Zietsman-Brodie
South Africa does wine well. Be it the elegant wines of Elgin or the rustic innovations of the Swartland, this is a country that can produce a bottle to suit anyone’s inclinations.

The international media has gone into spasms of delight about the New Wave of winemakers in up-and-coming areas but Stellenbosch, the largest Wine of Origin region in South Africa is still responsible for more than a third of the Cape’s wineries.

The Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective are supporters of the New Wave, after all, says chair Christo Le Riche, “A rising tide lifts all ships,” but they are taking steps to ensure focus is also drawn to that premium stalwart, the classic Cabernet Sauvignon. Stellenbosch enjoys long daylight hours and warm sunshine, which reduces the threat of tart ‘green’ notes found in underripe Cabernet. It also benefits from cooling sea breezes and the altitude range of its many picturesque mountain slopes, making this prime wine-making country.

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Stellenbosch wine region - Cabernet country
Stellenbosch wine region - Cabernet country

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