Focused, lush aromas and flavors of ripe black plum, apple peel, star anise and woodsmoke are well-balanced and unwavering. Finishes with a cozy hint of fresh bread. Satisfies the senses and the budget.
The label declares this a “Pinotage dessert wine…fortified with Pinotage spirit.” The firm, plummy fruit has just a bit of eucalyptus running along the edges, and is completed with notes of cigar smoke and toast, wrapped in white pepper tannins. Though the varietal character is spot-on, the sweetness does not seem fully integrated.
A short note of bitters is overcome by the cedar, toast, pithy strawberry and light cherry notes on the palate. The slight presence of vanilla and cinnamon throughout is uplifting, and the strawberry notes carry through to the end. Without a doubt, a delicious starter sparkling rosé.
KWV purchased Laborie in 1972, and the estate and its restaurant have since become well-known Cape wine country destinations because of their proximity to Paarl Mountain. The plantings are primarily red varieties, but this Sauvignon Blanc is a light and easy offering, showcasing bright yellow stone fruit and clean lemon flavors tempered with grassiness. Zippy…
Sweet-tart, candied cherry and plum is wrapped in sweet, toasty oak. Notes of dried herbs, eucalyptus and coffee grounds are found throughout. The peppery tannins provide grip and firm support to the palate.
The KWV-owned estate in Paarl has produced an old-style Burgundian wine with animal aromas. These may wear off with age, but currently it still has charm, and certainly character, with its layers of spice and yeasty fruits.