Region 'Red South Africa' - Year 1996

Rating Drinkability Style
starstarstarstarstar drink soon An unexciting vintage with few wines of note

Weather Conditions

An unusually cool season, interspersed with showers, ending with record yields and, generally, a dip in fruit quality, specially for reds harvested mid- to late-season, such as Cabernet. Lighter, quicker maturing wines.

Best Appellations

Stellenbosch, Swartland, Paarl, Durbanville, Walker Bay, Franschhoek.

Best Producers

Stellenbosch: J.P. Bredell (Shiraz, Pinotage); Saxenburg PC (Shiraz & Cab. & Pinotage); Stellenzicht (Shiraz); Beyerskloof (Bordeaux blend & Cab. & Pinotage); Cordoba (Bordeaux blend, Crescendo & Merlot); Kanonkop (Bordeaux blend, Paul Sauer); L'Avenir (Cab. & Pinotage); Rustenberg (Cab. Peter Barlow & Bordeaux blend Rustenberg Estate); Uiterwyk (Bordeaux blend); Kaapzicht (Cab.); Le Bonheur (Cab. & Bordeaux blend Prima); Neil Ellis (Cab.); Thelema (Cab.) Jordan (Merlot); Hartenberg (Merlot); Overgaauw (Merlot) Uitkyk (Pinotage).Hidden Valley (Pinotage); Kaapzicht (Pinotage); Meerlust (Bordeaux blend, Merlot, Pinot Noir Res.); Le Riche Wines (Cab. Res.); Eikendal (Cab. Res.); Fleur du Cap (Cab.& Merlot, Unfiltered Collection); Middelvlei (Shiraz, Pinotage); Morgenhof (Merlot, Bordeaux blend, Première Selection); Neethlingshof (Bordeaux blend, Lord Neethling). Rust-en-Vrede (Shiraz & Cab.- dominated blend); Warwick (Pinotage, Old Bush Vine). Durbanville: Bloemendal (Merlot). Swartland: Allesverloren (Shiraz); Swartland Co-op (Shiraz). Paarl: KWV Cathedral Cellar (Shiraz & Pinotage & Cab. & Cab. Franc & Bordeaux blend Tripych); Glen Carlou (Bordeaux blend Grande Classique & Pinot Noir); Villiera (Bordeaux blend, Cru Monro). Franschhoek: Bellingham (Pinotage & Cab. Franc); La Motte (Shiraz). Paarl: Wellington - Veenwouden (Bordeaux blend Classic). Walker Bay: Hamilton Russell Vineyard (Pinot Noir); Whalehaven (Pinot Noir); Bouchard-Finlayson (Galpin Peak Pinot Noir).