Rich Sauvignon flavors here, the herbaceous element made weighty by the full-on apricot and green plum tastes. There is a tight, steely texture, with powerful acidity well integrated with the fruit.
Made by Carmen Stevens, one of South Africa’s first black female winemakers, this is a gorgeous blend with rich aromas and flavors of black currant leaf, licorice, cigar tobacco, boysenberry and black cherry. Lush and creamy in the mouth, the finish offers a hint of fresh mint sprig for a last minute lift.
This French-sounding brand has turned out a very good German Riesling, thanks to an assist from the folks at Selbach-Oster. It’s a light, dry wine with a fair amount of complexity, including hints of pear, melon, wet stone, petrol and peppery spice. Finishes long, with more minerals and spice.
Smoky, rubbery and lightly baked smelling, but also generous and full, with berry and vanilla aromas. Feels full and comfortable, with toast, vanilla, chocolate and core berry and plum flavors. Healthy and well made as a whole; drink now through 2014.
Opens with exotic, earthy aromas and lots of black fruit, but it turns more quiet and timid with airing. The palate shows plenty of bright acidity and some heft and grab, while the flavors of dark berries and plum are accented by light herbal notes and other common Ribera accents like thyme and oregano.
Lightly laced with wood, this attractive ripe wine shows pear and peach flavors and vivid acidity. It is well textured, with a streak of apple and pear skins. Fine grained wine, with attractive final acidity.
Rounded while still fresh, this is a full-bodied Sancerre, the Sauvignon Blanc herbal flavors given more character with touches of green apple, bold lime and grapefruit. Ready to drink over the next several months.
This is a briskly herbaceous wine that’s lush with citrusy flavors of pink grapefruit and lime. Sweet tasting red apples round out the palate, giving a fragrant, juicy character. With lively acidity at the end, it is ready to drink now.