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Talking about the major red wines of South Africa

Since 10 years ago South African wine was not appreciated by the market. However, nowadays, it is able to produce some of the best quality wines in the world.

South African Cabernet Sauvignon is commercially available with a mildly complex flavor. They therefore become an ideal alternative to a quality Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles or Sonoma.

If you’re looking for quality South African Cabernet Sauvignon, you should try the Paarl & Stellenbosch region. Syrah wine from South Africa is increasingly popular thanks to its characteristics of black-skinned fruit and chocolate-like taste.

One thing to note is that because Syrah grapes are grown everywhere in South Africa, this place also owns many different styles of Syrah wines. Light Syrah wines usually come from cool regions like Paarl and Stellebosch, while the hearty wines.

It is again easily found in dry climates like Robertson and Swartland. Major Syrah wineries in South Africa are Paarl & Stellenbosch, Robertson and Swartland.

Pinotage is a grape of South Africa, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. However, this wine is not the same as Pinot Noir. Pinotage wines possess diverse fruity flavors, from raspberry to cranberry mixed with chocolate and tobacco.

It is also thicker, more alcoholic and lighter in tone than Pinot Noir. Pinotage wine is often mixed with Syrah. If you are looking for quality South African Pinotage, you should choose from the Diemersfontein, Southern Right and Kanonko regions.

Merlot wines are widely used in conjunction with Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Of course you can still find purely Merlot wines in the Coastal Region.

In addition, South Africa also produces a number of other red wines such as Malbec, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Although the aforementioned wines are mainly used for blending, in cooler regions, South Africa also produces pure wine from Pinot Noir.