A balanced and quite pleasing Chenin Blanc that offers both bright, fleshy fruit flavors and a delicately spicy, oak-driven backdrop. Ripe apple and pear notes mingle seamlessly with delicate almond and hazelnut toast accents, while hints of sweet baking spice remain through the lengthy finish.
Just a hint of wood from a small percentage of barrel aging gives this wine an open, buttery character. From vines on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain outside Stellenbosch, the wine lacks pure Chenin varietal character, but there are great, ripe flavors. Imported by Vinnovative Imports.
Dark red in the glass, this wine slowly reveals itself as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Hints of leather and barnyard lift to show dark berry aromas, while the entry is smooth and silky, a chocolate undercurrent leading towards more substantial cassis and mixed berry with cola and leather notes. Firm in the mouth, it has graceful tannins that will evolve over the…
Is Chenin experiencing a renaissance in South Africa? This wine would suggest so, with its taut, layered elegance and sophisticated overall style. The nose is complex, with varying degrees of crisp citrus, flowers and spice. On the palate, it unfolds subtly, with lime, spice and honeyed fruit all sparkling and in sync. It goes without saying that this wine is…
Strong oak-driven aromas of toasted brioche, vanilla cream and sweet spice dominate the nose. The lush, creamy palate is filled with more of the same, but is supported by peach and mushy pear fruit flavors. A decadent choice that’s a good match for salmon or rich seafood.
For $15, this is a good value wine with a solid structure and nice balance. Black currant flavors steal the show in the mouth, with supporting notes of whole star anise, cigar tobacco and cedary spice on the finish.
The nose on this wine impresses from the start, with its clean aromas of apples, spice and citrus. On the palate, an attractive balance of minerality and refreshing fruit triumphs. Not terribly complex, but fun and exciting.
Simple but solid, this Cab leads with a nose of smoked meat and pepper and follows it up with a balanced character of minerals, red fruit and wooded spice. Clean and well made, it will pair perfectly with smoked or grilled meats.