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Magnificent South Africa

Plum Market West Bloomfield
Event organized by Plum Market West Bloomfield

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Old World or New? Maybe both! Many would say that the best South African wines manage to capture both the rich fruit of the New World and the minerality of the Old World. In the 24 years post-apartheid, this stunningly beautiful country has evolved into the 8th largest wine-producing country in the world. With the oldest soils on the planet and the most biodiverse floral kingdom anywhere, grape growing excels in the gorgeous Cape Winelands of Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, and Swartland. We’ll get a high def snapshot of South African wine through a range of varietals: Chenin Blanc (a.k.a. Steen), their most widely planted white; Sauvignon Blanc (way different from either Loire or New Zealand); Syrah-based Rhône blends (a particular strength); classic Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon; and different expressions of Pinotage, the unique cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Our dear friend Anne Keller Klumpp from Vineyard Brands, fresh off a trip to South Africa, will be on hand with fun facts and pictures!