5 Wine Trends For 2018 That Every Wine Lover Should Get On Board With

The South African wine industry is experiencing one of its most exciting phases in history. Overall wine quality has increased dramatically over the last five years, international recognition is at an all-time high and the consumer is now spoilt for choice, with a wealth of new producers, varieties and styles. 

Though winery input costs have risen and the continued drought may mean a significant drop in yield, the battered Rand has helped exports and aid profitability. The South African wine offers tremendous value locally and abroad, but premium South African wines are surging in price, widening the gap to everyday beverage wines.

So what are some of the trends emerging in 2018? Roland Peens, Director of Wine Cellar, shares five top trends and predictions for the world of SA wine.

1. Premium Rosé
Rosé could not be more trendy and the growth of the Premium Rosé category continues around the world. It has however taken some time in South Africa as we have had to shake off the semi-sweet, poor quality, bright pink image.

Rosé can be a by-product of red winemaking in order to make reds more concentrated. It can also be a blend of left-over red and white wines. The category of premium Rosé is of course quality focused and when done well, Rosé can offer the freshness of fine white and depth of a light red. The South of France is famous for its Rosé from Bandol and Provence, some of which can age for decades.

Serious rosé is gaining popularity in South Africa and more producers are figuring out how to produce and market exciting wines. The talk of the town is the Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rosé 2016 from L’Ormarins. It’s a blend of various varieties including a large Cinsaut component from the Swartland. Light salmon in colour, there is a lovely depth of florals, citrus, and a savoury and textured finish. Well worth its R300 price tag!

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