Savory, luscious and aromatic, with waves of dark chocolate, spice and wild berries, this wine is meaty and rich in character with a spin of smoke. Blended with a touch of Mourvèdre and Viognier for added depth, it’s smooth but sturdy and has aging potential.— S.K.
Red berry fruit, cloves and pepper lead on this sultry Cabernet from winemaker Marc Kent. On the palate, complex but easy-to-drink layers of chocolate, tobacco, subtle smoke and red berry dominate. Tannin structure allows for aging.— S.K.
This is a structured, balanced white with aromas of gooseberry, flint and spice on the nose, and flavors of fresh citrus and fruit on the palate. Clean and crisp but offering complexity, this wine marries rich fruit and cracking acid very successfully. Pair with spicy Indian cuisine, grilled seafood.— S.K.
This is an impressive blend of luscious berry and spice elements. The nose is all luscious blackberry and pepper, and the flavors, juicy fruit backed by tobacco and cinnamon, are memorable. Age or drink now—it’s ready.— S.K.
A nose of plum and dark cherry, blended with a touch of oak and smoke typify this stylish Cabernet from master winemaker Adi Badenhorst. The flavors are ripe and fruity, but a subtle, elegant minerality and fine but sturdy tannins give it class. Finishes with a touch of sweetness.— S.K.
Rustenberg’s second label, Brampton, enclosed in screwcap, shines because of its focus on fruit. This Shiraz glows with aromas of cola, sour cherry, lemon and spice. Underneath the veneer are layers of red berry and blueberry flavors, tempered with coffee, lemon, and just the right amount of oak. Full but silky…— M.D.
An easy and approachable Cab with bright notes of black cherry, cassis and plum laced with hints of fruitcake spice. Rich and mouthwatering with a slightly creamy texture and medium-length finish. Drink now.— L.B.
Minerally slate and sultry apricot and peach start this elegant white. A waxy palate and soft, feminine flavors of honeysuckle and flowers—as well as a burst of fruit—give the wine a rich but pretty character.— S.K.