Understanding South African labels
6 Sep 2008 by Jancis Robinson

Understanding South African labels

Estate wine, this may appear only on wines bottled on the farm on which all the grapes were grown and vinified.

Méthode Cap Classique, South Africa's own term for the traditional champagne method of making wine sparkle.

Noble Late Harvest, sweet wine made from botrytised grapes.

Wine of Origin, South Africa's answer to France's appellation contrôlée system, authenticates the grape variety specified on the label, the vintage and the wine's provenance. Geographical unit, region, ward and district are the official terms for the areas of origin, in descending order of size.