Tag: South Africa

Clos Malverne Pinotage Reserve 2012 Stellenbosch, South Africa

Happy International Pinotage Day. Here is a gorgeous Pinotage to celebrate with.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Nice nose of black currants, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, chocolates, vanilla, violets, coffee, Mediterranean spices, peppercorn, herbs, earth and dark chocolates.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, black cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco leaf, coke, dark roast coffee, earth, light vegetables and pencil lead.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Pinotage from South Africa. Drinking very nicely now, with a great mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity and good by itself or with food.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show some tannins, so be patient.

This 8 year old is peaking now. I’ve had this vintage 5 years ago, and decided to let it mature for a while. What a great call, as it made such a big difference.

Rich and expressive. Tasty and interesting. Just Delicious.

I paired it with a cheese plate and crackers.

Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

The Inquisitor Wine Company Cabernet Franc 2016, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Earthy nose with black currants, bell pepper, green vegetables, wet leaves, wood, forest floor, smoke, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, bell pepper, oak, cloves, earth, vegetables, graphite, spices, peppercorn, tobacco and dark coffee.

Medium plus in finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting wine and a nice surprise. This Cabernet Franc is earthy with lots of vegetable and bell pepper notes.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (1 hour) and shows the tannins. Good by itself and better with food.

Interesting and tasty.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

Aged for 24 months in Oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$21.

1692 Spier Creative Block 5 Red Blend 2015, South Africa

Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, plums, bell pepper, oak, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, vegetables, tobacco, barnyard, graphite and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, vegetables, river rocks, spices, earth, wet leaves and herbs.

Medium plus in finish with fine tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This South African Bordeaux blend really surprised me. Drinking nicely now and will be better in a few years.

Not fully balanced, yet enjoyable by itself or with food. Exhibits new world characters with an old world feel. Tastes very much like a flashy Right Bank Bordeaux.

Changed every 20 minutes in the decanter, which I really liked. Needs 3 hours to open up properly.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, crackers and olives.

A blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit verdot and 3% Malbec.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.

Spier Vintage Selection Pinotage 2016 Stellenbosch, South Africa

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose, blueberries, sweet cherries, raspberries, wood, licorice, earth, spices, leather, tobacco, earth, green vegetables, beef jerky and black pepper.

Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, cherries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, cloves, tobacco, coffee, earth, bell pepper, vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Medium on the finish with round tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This South African Pinotage is nice and enjoyable. Not fully balanced, but has a great mouthfeel and mild complexity. Very tangy on the ending.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins.

100% Pinotage grapes aged in oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$20.

De Wet Family Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, South Africa

Dark ruby in color with medium intensity and a reddish rim.

Nice nose of blueberries, blackcurrants, sweet cherries, strawberry pie, coke, vanilla, vegetables, graphite, black pepper, spices, barnyard, wet leaves and tar.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark, coffee, vegetables, green herbs, tobacco leaf, cocoa and peppercorn.

Medium plus in length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Nice and balanced with a tangy finish.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins, but drinkable right out of the bottle too.

I really liked the nose, it is fruity and refreshing with red fruits and earth notes.

I paired it with a few different French Brie cheeses, nuts and crackers.

14% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$10.

Tussock Jumper Chenin Blanc 2017, South Africa

Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.

Strong Nose of green apples, citrus, grapefruits, gooseberry, spices, minerals and white pepper.

Medium in body with medium plus acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with citrus, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, almonds, vegetables and black pepper.

Medium plus in finish with limes and bitter almonds.

This is a simple Chenin Blanc from South Africa. Feels very much like an old world Sauvignon Blanc.

Needs to be very chilled and better after 20 minutes of airtime. A good food wine and good to sip by the pool.

I paired it with Brie cheese and crackers by the pool.

13% alcohol by volume.

83 points.

$10.

Rust En Vrede Estate Wine 2014 Stellenbosch, South Africa

A pretty color of dark ruby with a short reddish rim.

Earthy nose of blueberries, black currants, bell pepper, green vegetables, wet leaves, earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco leaf, licorice, leather, graphite, dark coffee and herbs.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, blackberries, coffee, earth, vegetables, graphite, spices, bitter herbs, black tea, oak, licorice, light vanilla, cloves, tobacco, pencil lead and black pepper.

Medium on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. A great South African red blend. Still young, but already enjoyable even by itself. A good food wine too.

Showing lots of earthy notes and vegetables with black fruits, great complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Feels very much like an old world wine with a teeth staining color. I loved smelling on it for a long time.

Needs 3 years in the bottle to mature properly and remove the vegetable notes.

Needed a couple of hours to open up properly, and I used the Vspin for 20 minutes.

Thank you David for sharing this delicious wine with me.

A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Shiraz and 7% Merlot. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14.5 % alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$50.

Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, South Africa

It’s time for my Friday’s Cabernet fix. This week it’s from South Africa.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn and vegetables.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, cranberries, plums, sweet strawberries, herbs, spices, vegetables, oak, licorice, earth, peppercorn and red chilli.

Medium plus on the finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This South African Cabernet always delivers. Inexpensive, but drinks very nicely. Nice and balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Has a nice tangy finish, which I liked.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly and show some tannins, but good right out of the bottle, and it has a screw top for the on the go wine drinker.

14% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$10.

Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2015, South Africa

Light ruby in color with medium intensity and a wide reddish rim.

Nice fruity nose with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, barnyard, vegetables, spices, earth, cloves, black pepper and celery.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and nice thick legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, red currants, tobacco leaf, licorice, spices, chocolates, vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium on the finish with fine grained tannins and tart raspberries.

This South African Cabernet is nice, but not very special. Showing mild complexity but not fully balanced. Needs a couple of years in the bottle to mature properly.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly, show some tannins, and remove some of the acidity.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

84 points.