South African Cabernet Sauvignon is a type of red wine made from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety grown in South Africa. The grape variety was first introduced in South Africa in the 18th century, but it was not until the mid-20th century that it began to gain significant popularity.
South African Cabernet Sauvignon wines are known for their bold, full-bodied flavors with notes of blackcurrant, blackberry, and cassis. They typically have high tannin levels and a long finish. South African winemakers often use oak aging to add complexity and flavors of vanilla, toast, and spices to the wine.
The Stellenbosch region, located near Cape Town, is particularly well-known for producing high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon wines in South Africa. Other regions, including Paarl and Robertson, also produce excellent Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
South African Cabernet Sauvignon is often compared to wines from Bordeaux in France, where Cabernet Sauvignon is also a popular grape variety. However, South African Cabernet Sauvignon wines are often more affordable than their Bordeaux counterparts, making them an attractive option for wine enthusiasts looking for value.