Charting Their Own Course

At the southern tip of Africa, Cape vintners bottle a range of grapes in styles unique to the country’s terroir

Charting Their Own Course
Ken Forrester’s outstanding 2019 Chenin Blanc FMC is the result of painstaking grape selection and blending from a sunny but cool vineyard site. (Courtesy of Ken Forrester)
From the Jul 31, 2021, issue

Though South Africa produces grapes known across the globe, the country’s diverse terroirs create nuanced wines that differ from their global counterparts and even their native brethren. Wine Spectator senior editor Alison Napjus’ tasting report on recent releases of South African wines highlights the quality and value of bottlings of Cabernet, Syrah, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and more from across the Cape. Get her full analysis, plus tasting notes and scores for top wines and values.

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