One similarity with New Zealand is new popularity of Sauvignon Blanc. This wine from South Africa has been getting an increasing amount of attention, but it is not the most widely planted white grape, that honor goes to Chenin Blanc. Some of the Sauvignon from South Africa is delicious. Most of the best comes from the Coastal Region, and particularly from the districts of Constantia, Stellenbosch and Paarl.
Less favored wines come from high-yielding vines infected with viruses that can prevent full maturation, leaving both red and white wines with vegetal, green and unripe flavors and aromas. Lesser regions include the Breede River Valley, containing the Worcester and Robertson regions, Olifants River Valley and Klein Karoo.
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