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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 Nederburg Pinotage – Western Cape, South Africa

Hoist Nederburg's Winemaster's Reserve Pinotage in salute to the South African's efforts at the World Cup. There is a lot to like in a full-flavored, yet simple, and enjoyable glass of red wine. It's well balanced and spends some time with stainless steel and oak. Therefore, the wine is smooth enough for any wine newbie yet just enough tannin structure to be taken seriously. The fruit is really rich and maybe even mildly sweet. This wine would pair well with simple pasta and pizza. It has a modest 13.8 percent alcohol.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week- Lions Drift Pinotage

Clear, bright ruby red with purple. Clean nose with fresh strawberry, blueberry, black cherry, and licorice. Dry, medium tannin, medium-full body, medium alcohol and acidity; cooked raspberries and blueberries, cherry, strawberry. A long finish that’s like blueberry pie with cinnamon. This is honestly one of the better South African wines I’ve had—I love trying new ones, though many of them come across lacking something. This totally makes me happy that I’ve kept trying. I would definitely drink this again!