It is amazing how the perceptions are changing about wines from the Orange River region. Twenty years ago the area was seen to be a table grape and distilling wine producer. Now the wines are really impressing the market with quality and – more importantly – consistence. Take the Chenin Blanc, for example. There is no better Chenin in the country at this price, and it has not failed to impress over the past three vintages.

Refreshing, dry – yet fruity and sumptuous – it is difficult to believe such a great wine is being produced on the edge of the Kalahari desert! The reds are coming on in leaps and bounds, and I predict that in four years time Oranjerivier’s Shiraz, Pinotage and Cabernet are going to be serious competitors, punching above their weight in terms of price and quality.

I really hope this magnificent region gets the recognition it deserves. There is no wine region like it anywhere in the world.


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