South Africa’s Western Cape serves as the Rainbow Nation’s cradle of vineyards as well as its celebrated wine-producing hub. Most notable is the Stellenbosch area near Cape Town, where vacationers stumble across endless rows of vines. The Mulderbosch vineyards, located in the hill country along Stellenbosch, have carved out a big presence on the South African wine scene in a very short period of time. Founded less than a quarter century ago, Mulderbosch Vineyards started flexing its muscle almost immediately with rave reviews from big name wine critics. The winery’s success started with well received bottlings of popular white varietals like Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc and has more recently evolved into stellar production of fabulous rosé. They’ve managed to do what only a handful of major South African wine exports have, namely, move beyond misconceptions about South African wines and the pigeonholed Pinotage variety that many Americans equate with the South African wine scene.
by Roger Killen | Knoxville News Sentinel