This is an attractive but focused wine with loads of juicy red plum guts, mashed raspberry and blackberry preserve flavors framing licorice and sweet spice backnotes. Robust and spicy with a strong cocoa flavored finish.
Fermented in French oak using only wild yeasts, this is a lavish and spicy Chenin for a reasonable price. Wood-driven notes of honeyed almonds, toasted challah and Honeycomb cereal dominate the overall character, though flavors of pineapple and juicy peach appear in the mouth.
Austrians Paul and Anna Kretzel co-own this winery with the Stephan family from Germany. The best fruit from their 600-ton production launches a fleet of proprietary wines. This flagship white is barrel- fermented in French oak, which produces a strong whiff of buttered wheat toast at the start. The flavors of dried pineapple, sweet basil and white pepper are…
This Swartland red offers aromas of spice and red cherry/berry aromas, followed by vanilla, cherry and pepper flavors. Soft and smooth, the wine is a good everyday red sip that will pair well with myriad meat and game dishes.
A blend of 48% Chenin Blanc, 41% Chardonnay and 11% Viognier, this is an interesting white with slightly oxidized but rich notes of honeycomb, toasted hazelnut and baked apple thoughout. Medium weight with a touch of heat coming through on the long finish.
An interesting, medium-weight red and a sort of Cape-o-neuf de Pape--comprised of four Rhone grapes. It's ripe and juicy, with dark berry fruit accented by menthol and mint notes. The close of this nicely-fruited blend shows classy drier, slightly metallic Grenache notes.
This wine has pleasant aromas of apple, pear and dusty vanilla, which carry through to the mouth. A bit soft, this wine nevertheless finishes with a citric tang. Imported by Southern Oceans Trading System, Inc.
This 60% Shiraz/40% Carignan blend shows a decidedly Rhônish profile with a (challenging?) mix of sweet lavender and vanilla with some very gamy notes accenting the dry red fruits. Medium weight, with decent acidity, this is no juiceball or fruitbomb, but shows a reserved slight tartness throughout, with even a traditional bitter herb touch at the close.