About Dessert Wines from South Africa

About Dessert 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.

Top Picks for South Africa

Dessert Wines

Jam Jar NV Sweet Blush Rosé Western Cape
86 points
$11
Best Buy
A bright and cheerful sweet rose for Moscato lovers.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Jam Jar 2019 Sweet Red Blend Western Cape
84 points
$11
A simple sweet sipper to try with spicy foods; serve chilled.
Jam Jar 2020 Sweet Shiraz
84 points
$11
A sweet and quaffable red for anytime indulging.