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Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Rousillon. Reviews beers.

Wines from Western Cape

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Goats do Roam Wine Co. 2006 The Goatfather Red (Western Cape)

  • Best Buy
  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 Mourvèdre 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)

  • Editors' Choice
  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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Engelbrecht Els Vineyards 2004 Proprietor's Blend Red (Western Cape)

  1. $44
A collaboration between Rust en Vrede’s Jean Engelbrecht and golf star Ernie Els, this blend is a balance of fruity, spicy Shiraz and earthy Bordeaux—a testament to the two styles the winemaking partners enjoy. On the nose are hints of mint and spice, and on the palate, heavy oak adds a woody element. Ample structure but still smooth.  — S.K.  (3/1/2007)
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Flagstone 2004 Dark Horse Shiraz (Western Cape)

  1. $40
Don’t let the screwcap fool you: this wine has quality written all over it. Twelve months in mostly American oak yields graham cracker and lemon aromas, with young blackberry and herbs supporting. Oak again shows in the mouth, supporting dark fruit flavors. It will be interesting to see how the big tannins age under screwcap, as this wine has years to go. Imported…  — M.D.  (7/1/2006)
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Engelbrecht Els Vineyards 2003 Red (Western Cape)

  1. $45
A collaboration between Rust en Vrede’s Jean Engelbrecht and golf star Ernie Els, this blend shows off Shiraz’s spicy, peppery nose and Bordeaux’s classic dry, earthy feel. Oak plays an integral part, offering woody flavors and big tannins. Warm throughout, this wine could use cellar time to integrate, but don’t wait too long. Imported by Vineyard Brands.  — M.D.  (7/1/2006)
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