DISCOVER SOUTH AFRICA TASTING ZONE


Hall 9: B48

This special wine tasting area will allow you to explore wines in a wide range of styles and regions highlighting top quality wines. The white wines that are showcased in the morning from 10:00 – 13:00 represent a number of South Africa’s Award-winning wines. The five pods were selected using a matrix which covered seven international and local competitions and ratings to identify some of the top-awarded white wines and Methóde Cap Classique (MCC) from South Africa. The pods will represent the following categories: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, White Blends and MCC.

In the afternoon from 14:00 until 17:00 you will be able to get a glimpse into South Africa’s famous Pinotage wines along with their ‘parent’ varietals, Pinot Noir and Cinsault. The three pods representing Pinotage are split up into themes: Classic Pinotage, Cape Blends (each blend with a minimum of 30% of Pinotage) and Versatility of Pinotage.

This is a mere platform to show a small selection (120) of the best wines that are produced in South Africa that represents each specific category. Taste and compare in one go without interruption. Our expert Wines of South Africa representatives are available for advice upon request.


SPECIAL TASTINGS (DAILY)

Tasting Session:

10:00 - 13:00                 AWARD-WINNING WHITE WINES

                                               Méthode Cap Classique

                                               Chardonnay

                                               Sauvignon Blanc

                                               Chenin Blanc

                                                White Blends


14:00 – 17:00                 PINOTAGE AND ITS PARENTS

                                                Classic Pinotage

                                                Cape Blends

                                                Versatility of Pinotage

                                                Pinot Noir

                                                Cinsault


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Méthode Cap Classique

South Africa’s answer to traditional method Champagne has seen a sharp rise in popularity from all corners of the earth. Traditional varietals of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are most often used, however certain producers are making excellent bubblies using other varietals such as Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage and various different blends. In order to be labelled as a Cap Classique, the wine needs to undergo a secondary bottle fermentation and spend a minimum time of 9 months on the lees.

Chardonnay

One of the noble varietals, Chardonnay has come a long way from the ‘oak-bombs’ of the 80’s to produce wines that are elegant and exhibit true qualities that represent their unique and diverse African terroir. Whether rich and robust, or with more minerality and linear in style, you simply can’t go wrong with a South African Chardonnay.

Sauvignon Blanc

South Africa’s leading export varietal, Sauvignon Blanc truly reflects our culture and our heritage. It’s pure sunshine in a glass. Most Sauvignons are either made in a fresh, fruity style for early drinking, or are able to age for a few years. There are a few wooded varietal wines, but blends with Sémillon, either variety representing the major partner, are increasing, particularly in cooler, coastal areas.

Chenin Blanc

Traditionally, most South African Chenin Blanc was made in a fresh and fruit-forward style. Recently, though, there has been more attention placed upon rich, oaked selections that display depth of flavour, power and potential to age. Whatever your preference, Chenin Blanc is a very versatile varietal that comfortably bridges the gap between the richness of Chardonnay and the fresh acidity of Sauvignon Blanc.

White Blends

This is an exciting category, but one that doesn’t often get much attention. Rise, the white blend! From traditional white Bordeaux-style blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon to more intricate blends that combine acidity with fruit and depth of flavour to bring something truly unique and vibrant to the glass. This category certainly deserves a nod.

Classic Pinotage

There is so much to talk about when the topic of Pinotage, a uniquely South African grape, comes up. From historic tales of creation – merging Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsault) grapes by Professor Perold in 1925 – to today’s legends crafting the latest Pinotage or Pinotage blends. The Pinotage tale is one worth well telling and should always end where it is enjoyed with friends, food or maybe even somewhere alone with a bottle of Pinotage as your company.

Cape Blends

Embracing Pinotage and creating blends that include between 30%-70% of this varietal is what makes this unique category stand out. Whether blended with Cabernet, Merlot or Shiraz, or any other red varietal for that matter, a Cape Blend highlights the unique nuances that the Pinotage grape has to offer.

Lighter Style Pinotage

While everyone knows that Pinotage is traditionally made in a bold and voluptuous style, many winemakers have embraced the versatility of this wine to create something unique and interesting. Here you can expect Rosé’s, Blanc de Noir, lighter styled Pinotages and even MCC, all with alcohol levels lower than 13.5% as the winemakers truly practice their art and skill with our proudly South African varietal.

Pinot Noir

Professor Abraham Izak Perold imported the Swiss BK5 Pinot noir clone around the 1920s and Muratie in Stellenbosch became the first farm to plant the variety in 1927. The variety at the time struggled to take off in other areas than Stellenbosch, because of the strong focus on the production of wine volumes instead of wine quality. Today this varietal is thriving in South Africa with several producers making top-end single varietal wines from this grape.

Cinsault

The variety has been produced in South Africa since the 1850s and formed the backbone of the red wine industry until the 1960s because of its ability to produce high yields. Initially, it was used to produce bulk wines, but later also some of South Africa’s top blends and today we see a resurgence as this varietal is making a new name for itself, especially in cult circles.