Chenin Blanc is the most popular white wine variety in South Africa. It has crisp acidity and can be made into different styles, from sparkling and refreshing summer white wines to complex, barrel-fermented, food-friendly wines and sweet wines. Chenin Blanc is a Loire variety, although not many consumers are aware of this thanks to the ‘non-disclosure’ of grape varieties on most French labels, but it is in South Africa where the variety shows its true self. One-fifth of the vineyard planting in South Africa in Chenin Blanc, double what is planted in the Loire.
Unique to South Africa, Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault (called Hermitage, hence the name Pinotage). The easy-drinking style with moderate tannin appeals to inexperienced consumers and can be enjoyed on its own or with medium-flavoured dishes. The more serious style that shows depth and ageing capability is perfect with stronger-flavoured foods.
South Africa is also reputed for its international varieties: Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc from the cooler regions of Elgin and Hermanus, full-bodied Chardonnay and Bordeaux blends from Stellenbosch and Syrah- and Rhone-style wines, particularly from Swartland. Its wine is as diverse as its landscape and culture.
It’s not difficult to imagine that South African wine is a perfect partner across a wide spectrum of cuisines. Now you have the opportunity to try for yourself. Three creative chefs from renowned restaurants have come up with special South African menus during the month of April.
A six-course Chinese menu comprised of seafood and beef with four South African wines from Franschhoek, the ‘French corner’ of South Africa (enquiry: 2393 3933)
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A six-course Chinese menu featuring South African abalone paired with three Bouchard-Finlayson wines from Hemel-en-Aarde (meaning Heaven-and-Earth) in Western Cape (enquiry: 2731 2883)
A five-course meal featuring oyster, abalone, guinea fowl and lamb with four classic South African wines (enquiry: 2393 3812)
Check out the full list of participating restaurants for more South African wine offers.
And don’t forget to share your South African Wine Moment on Facebook or Instagram with hashtag #drinkSA before 5 May 2017. You’ll stand a chance to win a Vintec 18-bottle wine cabinet and other fabulous prizes.
Can’t get enough of South African wine? Join us at the annual Discover South Africa wine tasting on 20 April 2017 at Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel in Wanchai. 245 wines from over 50 wineries are waiting for you. Use Foodie promo code DrinkSAFoodie to get further discounts on tickets! www.ticketflap.com/discoversouthafrica