The global wine industry is becoming increasingly competitive for the wine consumer’s dollar. Recognizable varietals like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon often overshadow some of the lesser known non Noble grape varieties such as Pinotage and Chenin Blanc. Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsaut) while Chenin Blanc is the most widely planted grape in South Africa. These wines are very popular in South Africa but can be a marketing challenge in North America and Europe. To adapt to these market changes, the South African wine industry has been replanting 40% of their vineyards with more popular varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Personally, I like wines that are a little off the beaten path like Pinotage, Chenin Blanc and Colombard. It’s an opportunity to taste the history of South African wine
2013 Rib Shack Red, South Africa ($12.85 – LCBO 392761)
Lots of earthy aromas and a dark cherry flavour come together in this South African blend of 70% Pinotage and 30% Shiraz grapes. The dark coffee taste of Pinotage blends well with the spiciness of Shiraz. This would pair well with BBQ ribs.
Available at Terry Fox & Campeau or Carleton Place LCBO.
2014 Douglas Green Sauvignon Blanc, Wellington South Africa ($10.85 – LCBO 367821)
Available at the Almonte LCBO
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