"The real story of Champagne is based on the quality of the nonvintage. "
Never one to mince words, W. Blake Gray visited South Africa this year and in this and a companion piece on his own site, explored the effect of wind on terroir and wondered how much progress has been made in South African wine post-apartheid.
There's really only one county in the U.S. where most Americans care about appellations: Napa. And to Napa Valley's credit, its appellations actually make more sense than almost anywhere else.
Like all the best fine-wine regions, South Africa can give you some things you can't get anywhere else.
"The estates are very big, but the vineyards here are very small."