Chenin, South Africa’s most widely planted grape, plays its role once again, this time in the lead with 48% Chardonnay supporting. Citrus on the nose, with strong vanilla accents, is followed by racy tropical fruits in the mouth giving life to the smooth, demure feel. Finishes with a bang, leaving grapefruit, papaya, vanilla, spice and a craving for another sip.
Pleasingly plump, this soft white grape blend shows pear and melon aromas and flavors. Definitely low-acid, but this vaguely Viognier-like wine finishes drier and longer than expected.
This intriguing blend shows plenty of individuality: leathery, slightly horsey aromas and dark berry and earth flavors. Hints of sour herbs and lemon on the finish give it enough bite to serve alongside burgers and the like. No need for additional age; drink it now.
Simple, yet with plenty of straightforward appeal, this attractive wine is a credible light red (read Beaujolais-style) alternative. Ample strawberry-raspberry aromas and flavors prevail, while a smooth feel and clean finish complete this modest yet attractive offering.
Chenin Blanc, aka Steen, has for years been South Africa’s workaday white. Paired here with Chardonnay, it shows a nice green-apple and floral bouquet, similar brisk flavors and finishes with a lemony tang. It’s a good white wine quaff that’s not overly soft or sweet.
The insubstantial nose of this wine is spotted with dried herbs, baking spices and a whiff of pickle jar. The palate is thin, the tannins are sheer, but the flavors are of sweet, fresh red plum and cinnamon.
This basic Bordeaux blend's solid, dry cherry fruit and herb-chalk accents are focused and attractive, if not very deep. The dry, slightly tart profile will compliment many foods and make for good sipping, as well. A good value red.
A good basic white blend offering apple hay and mild tropical fruit aromas and flavors. The feel is smooth and easy, the palate a touch sweet, but the wine closes neatly—crisper and drier than expected, nice to find in this price range.