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 2018 Sweet White White Moscato
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, clementine, ripe apricot, beeswax, and orange blossom with a satiny, petillant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length finish with accents of key lime pie. A bright, fresh Moscato for anytime indulging.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Jam Jar 2018 Sweet Shiraz Shiraz
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of tar, red peppercorns, black plum, and basil with a round, crisp, sweet medium-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of smoked meats. A full-bodied sweet Shiraz to serve with a slight chill; try with spicy barbecue.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Jam Jar NV Sweet Blush Rosé Western Cape
86 points
$11
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Floral, candied aromas of honeysuckle and ripe peach with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, easy strawberry sorbet and lemon-spritz finish with no oak flavor. A bright and cheerful sweet Rosé for Moscato lovers.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Jam Jar 2019 Sweet Shiraz Western Cape
85 points
$12
Light garnet color. Curious, smoky aromas and flavors of lava and flint stones, smoked cherries, honey glazed ibercio ham, and carob bar with a silky, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish conveying elements of pomegranate and cranberry relish, plank grilled cherries and green apples, and chestnut honey with a suggestion of oak flavor. An interesting array of sweet and smoky flavors make this a clever choice for cheeses and desserts.
Jam Jar 2019 Sweet Red Blend Western Cape
84 points
$11
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of green bell pepper, lime leaf, and smoked peppercorns with a silky, bright, sweet light body and a smooth, quick finish with touches of toast with preserves and a suggestion of oak flavor. A simple sweet sipper to try with spicy foods; serve chilled.
Jam Jar 2020 Sweet Shiraz
84 points
$11
Deep purple color. Aromas of blistered raspberry and tar with a supple, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy sweet blackberry candies and violet finish. A sweet and quaffable red for anytime indulging.