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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
The accessible, global style of this wine shows why KWV is a smart bet for everyday dining and casual entertaining. This vintage is no exception, displaying a lovely nose of toast, cinnamon and vanilla with intriguing notes of cardamom, black olives and baking chocolate. The deep currant flavors mix with pepper notes and firm tannins. This will suit a range of…
The unexpectedly complex nose of this Chardonnay value shows tangerine and white peach, toast and nut accents. Pineapple, cinnnamon-clove and roasted cashew flavors show on the full, ripe and oaky palate. Finishes with good length and toasted-oatmeal flavors. Editors’ Choice.