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January 13, 2010

Fine 2010 wine

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The beautiful Vergelegen wine estate. Photo courtesy slack12

Watching the sun set over the Cape’s fabulous beaches is an experience incomplete without a glass or two of one of the many fine vintages produced by the region’s renowned wine farms. Be it with a woody Chardonnay, or a spicy Shiraz, visitors to the breezy shores of South Africa’s premier wine region will find their holiday immeasurably improved by homegrown sundowners, to accompany tans and windswept hair.
If you need help choosing your tipple, The John Platter South African Wine Guide’s five-star wines for 2010 number in the 40s; plenty to keep you in your cups. 

Wines on the list include a number from wine farms quite close to Cape Town itself; try the Vergelegen Bordeaux White 2008 blend on the farm on the Somerset West wine route, just 15 minutes from Cape Town International Airport. If you’re in the mood for a red blend, try the Spiers Frans K. Smith 2005, on the Spiers estate, just 45 minutes’ drive north of Cape Town. And if you don’t fancy driving back to the city, simply book into the four-star Spier Hotel for the night. 

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