Gemaak en Gebottle by Oorsprong: We’re not in Kansas Anymore! #WinePW

Gemaak en Gebottle by Oorsprong
Gemaak en Gebottle by Oorsprong is Afrikaans for “Made and Bottled at Origin”. Have you had wine from South Africa? Your taste buds and your wallet will be pleasantly surprised! South Africa has been producing wine for over 350 years, however their physical isolation as well as that related to the time of Apartheid left the region relatively unknown for wine. However, over the last twenty or so years, small producers have flourished and have spent much effort increasing quality of the grapes as well as the level of winemaking. Today, you can find many very nice wines from the region, often at modest prices for the level of care and quality of what’s in the bottle. Not necessarily cheap, but good value. Typical grape varieties you might see on the bottle include: Chenin Blanc (locally called Steen), Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinotage (a cross of Cinsault and Pinot Noir). If you see a sparkling wine labeled “Cap Classique”, buy it! It’s South African traditional method sparkling wine. Every one I ever tried has been an excellent value and delicious.

Wine Pairing Weekend Group Explores South African Wines
This month, our Wine Pairing Weekend blogging group is exploring wines from South Africa paired with dishes to match. Take a look toward the bottom of this post to see all the great wines and foods to go with them!

South Africa wine map courtesy of

Longridge Wine Estate
Longridge Wine Estate, one of the leading estates in organic and biodynamic winemaking in South Africa, is situated in the Stellenbosch region (bright red area on the map above) on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain range. The estate is 50 hectares in size, with 25 ha (55 acres) under vine. The climate is Mediterranean, with cooling breezes from the ocean in the afternoon and from the mountains at night. They farm using organic and biodynamic processes, meaning grapes are grown without the use of artificial pesticides or herbicides. Geese and cattle are on the farm to provide natural pest and weed control and organic material for compost. In the winery, they use less sulphur dioxide and no commercial yeast, enzymes, fining agents, stabilizing agents, filtration etc.

I’ve never been to South Africa. If you get there before I do, put Longridge Estate on your visit list. They have tours, tastings and a restaurant on site!

Longridge Chenin Blanc 2015 ($20 at France 44 or online here) 13.5%abv
The Longridge Chenin Blanc was fermented and aged in French oak barrels. Native yeasts were used with no additions or other adjustments.

Eye: Clear, pale lemon-green. Slow to form legs.
Nose: Clean, medium intensity. Initial impression is citrus, lemon pith. Barely ripe pear, beeswax. A bit of mineral, wet sidewalk after a rain.
Mouth: Dry, medium intensity. Medium+ acidity, medium body with a nice creamy texture. Medium alcohol. Flavors echo the aromas with citrus – lemon, pear, beeswax and a bit of mineral. Pear and beeswax linger in a nice medium+ finish. Ready to drink now, but will continue to improve for 3-5 more years. The wine was nicely matched to our Shrimp with Turmeric Mojo Sauce, with clean flavors and bright acidity, it was a nice partner but let the food flavors shine.

Grilled Shrimp with Turmeric Mojo Sauce and Longridge Chenin Blanc
I used a recipe from the current Bon Appetit, here.  Being a mild mannered Minnesotan, I substituted jalapeno for the habanero pepper called for in the recipe. In addition, the jalapeno peppers available were on the large side, and I find they are less intensely spicy. The marinade gave an impression of intense freshness with just a bit of spice, perfect for our Chenin Blanc.  The meal was simple to prepare, and worthy of making for company. We’ll be using this one again!

Wine Pairing Weekend South Africa Wines and Pairings

Take a look below at all the great ideas for food pairings with your South African wine. We’d love for you to join our chat on Saturday June 8 at 10am CDT. Just look for #WinePW on Twitter and join in!





23 Responses to “Gemaak en Gebottle by Oorsprong: We’re not in Kansas Anymore! #WinePW”
  1. culinarycam says:

    Cap Classique? That’s a new one on me, Jeff. But I’ll be looking! As always, your post is making me hungry.

  2. wendyklik says:

    We can’t do Habanero peppers either. Just too much heat and I think switching it to Jalapenos was the right choice for the pairing as well.

  3. On my list is to find a sparkling South African Cap Classique, thanks for the heads up!
    I like the sound of the turmeric mojo sauce with the shrimp, also on my list😊

  4. I’ll be on the look out for sparkling wine labeled “Cap Classique”! As well as other South African wines! This recipe sounds fabulous too, and while I’m form CA I’m not always a fan of green chiles and peppers.

  5. Love the concept of the mild mannered Minnesotan! This wine looks like one to follow.

    • Yes the wine was very good. I’ve been impressed to see the scale of more environmental responsibility in South Africa. Is there similar concern in China?

      • There’s definitely a big conversation in China (beyond wine) about environmental issues (meaningful efforts to reduce the very high dependence on coal for example). Some wine producers talk about sustainability, but no major organized labeling initiatives yet. Also, water scarcity is a huge deal in the dry northwest and we really wonder what this will mean for wine.

  6. Pinny Tam says:

    Learned a new phrase “Gemaak en Gebottle by Oorsprong” today. Reading all the Chenin Blancs from this month’s #WinePW making me want to get a bottle and try it myself!

    • South African Chenin Blanc is definitely worth a try. If you can, go up from the bottom shelf examples; like most regions, they are pretty generic. For only a few $ more, you can find a very nice bottle of wine.

  7. beautiful photos (as always!) and I didn’t know that Chenin went by Steen. Interesting!

  8. Thanks for teaching me a fun phrase. Your pairing, as always, looks great.

  9. Deanna says:

    Funny, I’ve been thinking about mojo sauce and have a ton of IQF shrimp to use up, so I just might have to try this recipe! As a mild Californian, I would also substitute jalapeno for habanero, but the recipe looks great otherwise! Alas, I don’t know if I can recreate those perfectly charred grill marks, but I may muster the courage to buy another South African Chenin Blanc. Nice pairing!

  10. That looks scrumptious! Interesting about the cap classique. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Nicole Ruiz Hudson says:

    I’m definitely going to have to look out for these wines. The food looks delicious as always!

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