The Vineyard Wine Market

Ernie Els & South African Wine Weekend Tasting

Friday 4:30 to 6:30 PM & Saturday 1 to 6 PM

In keeping with the spirit of renewal in the South African wine industry, in recent years over 40% of the vineyards were replanted as the industry has realigned its product to compete globally, moving from volume production to noble cultivars and quality wines. South African vineyards were once dominated by white grape varieties but the predominantly red new plantings shifted that. In the last four years, winegrowers have started planting more whites than reds, a reversal of the 10-year trend to planting more reds.

Noble varieties which have been cultivated increasingly in the past few years include Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, which produce top-class white wines, and Shiraz and Pinot Noir. A significant proportion of their red wine vineyards are currently very young; 41.3% are under 10 years old.

Although most of the vine varieties cultivated here today were originally imported, up to now six local crossings have been released. The best known of these is a red variety, Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsaut), which more recently is cultivated locally on a fairly large scale.

The Worcester region has 8.56% and the Breedekloof Region 12.44%, followed by Paarl (16.4%), Stellenbosch (16.93%), Malmesbury (14.8%), Robertson (13.86%), Olifants River (9.9%), Orange River (5.3%) and Little Karoo (2.79%).

The Worcester Region also produces the most wine (10.8%), followed by Olifants River (16.2%), Robertson (13.8 %), Paarl (9.7%), Stellenbosch (8.2%), Malmesbury (8.8%), Orange River (13.2%) and Little Karoo (2.8%).

Here is our line-up:

KWV Steen ’09
Douglas Green “The Beach House” 80% Savignon Blanc and 20% Semillon ’10
Fleur du Cap Chardonnay ’10
Fleur du Cap Merlot ’08
Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon ’09
Ernie Els “The Big Easy” ’10
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