About Sparkling Wines from South Africa

About Sparkling Wines from South Africa
Today, South Africa ranks as the eight largest producer of wine in the world. The wines however a still largely a secret, as there has not been a serious marketing push for these products. There are several excellent wine types, both white and red. For the former, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc have excelled, while for the red, international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are recent successes, joining the local variety Pinotage. The Chenin Blancs offer great varietal purity and are made in a dry to off-dry style. Sauvignon Blancs, especially those from the Western Cape or Stellenbosch areas, offering excellent varietal focus and impressive structure, have been critically praised. However, the reds, thought quite good, are less recognized, with Pinotage still a bit of a mystery as far as its image. Perhaps they producers will be able to get their message across soon about the quality of its wines, which will lead to better consumer recognition and additional sales.

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Sparkling Wines

Stellar Organics 2018 Sparkling Wine Western Cape
84 points
Straw color. Sweet aromas of poached pear, banana puree, honey on melba toast, flint, and melons with a round, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light body and a short cinnamon-sugar shortbread and peach rings finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bubbly quaffer for anytime celebrations.
84 points $12.99