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Wines from Western Cape

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Ataraxia 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Western Cape)

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This is a gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc with notes of sweet pea, honeydew, gooseberry and lemon rind citrus. Medium weight with assertive acidity and a vibrant, mouth-watering finish. Try with lemon roasted chicken or grilled swordfish.  — L.B.  (3/1/2011)
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Botanica 2009 Old Vine Chenin Blanc (Western Cape)

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Although this wine starts off a little closed and muted, with time it opens up to reveal a nuanced and refined Chenin. Hints of chalk, soft white florals and red apple unfold in the bouquet, with more dominant flavors of sweet tangerine, ripe melon and leesy richness flesh out the mouth. There’s a soft oakiness throughout, though it’s never overpowering or out of line.  — L.B.  (11/1/2010)
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Doolhof 2007 Cape Roan Red (Western Cape)

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Spicy plum and black currant aromas lead this stylish red blend. On the palate, savory black fruit and pepper flavors are poised and elegant, and not too big. Structured tannins and a spicy finish give it muscle, but overall it’s a mannered wine with a touch of mischief at the end.  — S.K.  (6/1/2010)
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Goats do Roam Wine Co. 2006 The Goatfather Red (Western Cape)

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  1. $13
The ever-creative Charles Back scores again with this blend of Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Barbera and Primitivo. The nose offers red currant, cinnamon, cherry and vanilla, and on the palate, friendly fruit flavors are finished with a blast of fiery spice. The wine can age but is good today with spicy ribs, beef and assertive flavors.  — S.K.  (12/31/2009)
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Boekenhoutskloof 2008 The Wolftrap Syrah-Mourvedre-Viognier Red (Western Cape)

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  1. $11
A nose of red fruit, spice and violet is followed by fresh but lush aromas of cherries, blackberries and a touch of smoke and dark chocolate. Smooth and integrated, with a pretty, aromatic character.  — S.K.  (11/1/2009)
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Brampton 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Western Cape)

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  1. $14
Red berry fruit, cloves and pepper lead on this sultry Cabernet from winemaker Marc Kent. On the palate, complex but easy-to-drink layers of chocolate, tobacco, subtle smoke and red berry dominate. Tannin structure allows for aging.  — S.K.  (11/1/2009)
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Brampton 2008 Sauvignon Blanc (Western Cape)

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  1. $11
This is a structured, balanced white with aromas of gooseberry, flint and spice on the nose, and flavors of fresh citrus and fruit on the palate. Clean and crisp but offering complexity, this wine marries rich fruit and cracking acid very successfully. Pair with spicy Indian cuisine, grilled seafood.  — S.K.  (6/1/2009)
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Guardian Peak 2006 Shiraz (Western Cape)

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  1. $15
A gorgeous nose of plums, chocolate and red fruit leads on this affordable Shiraz from the Cape. In the mouth, the wine is a combination of savory spice and tobacco, plum and chocolate. Mouthfilling and full of dimension, the wine has enough structure to age, and will pair well with smoked meats, stews and heartier fare.  — S.K.  (11/15/2008)
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