Cape White Wines
Chardonnay (White) [shar-dun-NAY] Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make a white varietal wine. Also used in blends, Chardonnay is often heavily wooded which affects the quality and price.
Chenin Blanc (White) [SHEN'N BLAHNK] This native of the Loire valley has two personalities: at home it's the basis of such famous, long-lived whites as Vouvray and Anjou, Quarts de Chaume and Saumer, but on other soils it becomes just a very good blending grape. It is South Africa's most-planted grape.
(white) [greh-NAHSH] Grenache blanc is a variety of white wine grape that is related to the red grape Grenache. It is mostly found in Rhône wine blends and in northeast Spain. Its wines are characterized by high alcohol and low acidity, with citrus and or herbaceous notes. Its vigor can lead to overproduction and flabbiness. However, if yields are controlled, it can contribute flavor and length to blends, particularly with Roussanne. Since the 1980s, it has been the fifth most widely planted white wine grape in France after Ugni blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Sauvignon blanc.
Grenache blanc is thought to have originated as a mutation of the red version of Grenache in Spain. It then spread across the Pyrenees to France, finding a second home in the Rhône.
Weisser Riesling Confusing to most comsumers, Weisser Riesling is of German origin and is refered to Cape riesling or SA riesling.
Considered a grape of great finesse, yet seldom appearing on its own. Roussanne is a white wine grape grown originally in the Rhône wine region in France, where it is often blended with Marsanne.is a white wine grape grown originally in the Rhône wine region in France, where it is often blended with Marsanne.
Sauvignon Blanc (White) [SO-vin-yon BLAHNK] Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety which probably originates from the Bordeaux region of France. It is now planted in much of the world's winelands, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine.
Sémillon (White) [SEM-ih-yon] Sémillon is a golden-skinned grape used to make dry and sweet white wines, most notably in France and Australia. In France, the Sémillon grape is grown mostly in Bordeaux. There, it is blended with Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle. When dry, it is referred to as Bordeaux blanc and is permitted to be made in the appellations of Pessac-Léognan, Entre-deux-mers and other less renown regions. In this form, Sémillon is generally a minor constituent in the blend.
By definition, blending wine simply means you are combining two or more wines to create a new one. To enhance aroma, improve the colour, add or minimize flavours and tastes, adjust the pH of a wine, lower or raise acidity, raise or lower alcohol levels, adjust the sweetness of a wine, correct a wine with too much oak flavour and to raise or lower levels of tannin.
Viognier (White) [vee-oh-NYAY] Viognier is a white wine grape. It was once a fairly common, and then rare white grape grown almost exclusively in the northern Rhône regions of France. Viognier (pronounced vee-own-YAY) has been planted much more extensively around the world since the early 1990s. Both California and Australia now have significant amounts of land devoted to the Viognier grape. There are also notable increases in planting in other states of the United States and in other countries.
Pinot gris is a white wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. Thought to be a mutant clone of the Pinot noir variety, it normally has a grayish-blue fruit, accounting for its name (gris meaning "gray" in French) but the grapes can have a brownish pink to black and even white appearance. The word pinot, which comes from the word meaning "pine cone" in French, could have been given to it because the grapes grow in small pine cone-shaped clusters. The wines produced from this grape also vary in color from a deep golden yellow to copper and even a light shade of pink, and it is one of the more popular grapes for orange wine. The clone of Pinot gris grown in Italy is known as Pinot grigio.