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South Africa: Exploring Wines of the Rainbow Nation

Diversity is the ingredient that illuminates South Africa. Referred to as the “rainbow nation,” a title which reflects the country's multicultural spirit, South Africa is truly famous for its mixture of heritages and traditions. It is a place with 11 official languages and one of the world’s most diverse populations, and biologically speaking, it is ranked as the third most complex country in the world. Fulfilling its nature, the wines of the region also exemplify the immense diversity of South Africa in style and character.
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2007 Château Gaudrelle Vouvray Sec

Clear, light gold color. Clean, medium intensity nose with honey, floral, apple, and pear aromas. Dry, medium body, medium-high acidity, soft citrus, green apple, and stone fruit. Vouvray is produced in four levels of sweetness: Sec, Demi-Sec, Moelleux, Doux. In terms of residual sugar, that left in solution after the wine is finished with fermentation, they can range from 0 grams per litre up to 45 (4.5%). Though people might associate these smells, or even the tastes with "sugar" these wines are not always actually sweet. That said, they pair very well with richly flavored dishes with similarly concentrated characteristics. Read more wine reviews on my blog, oe•no•phile.