Black currant, red berry, tobacco and spice give this robust wine a masculine edge. Luscious berry combined with savory spice and leather is backed by rich, sturdy tannins and a long, serious finish. Can age, but is excellent to drink now.
Powerful spice, cigar, cinnamon and lead pencil join bright raspberry aromas in this assertive Cab from Ernie Els and Jean Engelbrecht. Nutty spice typifies the palate; buttery toast on the finish. A hearty, enjoyable wine that could age comfortably for five more years.
A gorgeous nose of plums, chocolate and red fruit leads on this affordable Shiraz from the Cape. In the mouth, the wine is a combination of savory spice and tobacco, plum and chocolate. Mouthfilling and full of dimension, the wine has enough structure to age, and will pair well with smoked meats, stews and heartier fare.
This has a lovely nose of cocoa, endive and black plum, and upon palate entry, the acidity is almost spritzy. The flavors are where the gratification is, with blackberries, allspice, black plums, baking chocolate, raisins and dried herbs, all with measure of rich sweetness. Charry herbs and black fruit combine on the finish.
Start to finish, this is a pleasure: char, endive, anise and buttered toast aromas couple with ripe black plums, blueberries and blackberries. Finishes with some beef bouillon and greens. An interesting blend of Old World simplicity and fruit-forward New Worldliness. Best Buy. —K.F.
Big, bold and in the style of a Napa Cabernet, this offering has a no-nonsense nose of raspberry and spice that jumps out of the glass. On the palate, the wine is powerful but smooth, with flavors of toasted oak, cinnamon and bright berry, and the finish is impressive. Hold for 2–5 years. Imported by Terlato Wines International.
This wine has a rich, velvety character that gives it solo sipping appeal. Pepper and mocha on the nose flow into dark fruit and mocha flavors on the palate. Paired with a good structure and long finish, the wine is both elegant and intriguing.
A balanced and well-structured wine, this Merlot expresses attractive aromas of black plum, soft sweet licorice and delicate spice. The mouth is lush and round with soft tannins and a chocolaty finish. Drink now.