Cape Mentelle


Lourens River Valley Cabernet Franc Blend 2010

Nose has distant baby diaper, wet lavender, moist garden soil, over-ripe black cherry and partially dried black currant. There is a trailing note of alcohol.

Palate has ripe blackcurrant, black raspberry, minor wood influence, faint leather, licorice and light green herbal notes. Medium level of tannins, this bottle has plenty of life ahead, likely better in several more years, 2023-2026.

This Bordeaux-style from South Africa had me at a crossroad, the nose is so distinctly different from the palate. When I first decanted it (~2 hours) it was much more stinky than it is now, I wasn't sure if it would live to enjoy this evening or be destined for tomorrow. But a corner had turned, nose mellowed and it's becoming quite enjoyable.

50% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot
— 4 days ago

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Alheit Vineyards

Magnetic North Mountain Makstok Chenin Blanc

Alheit Magnetic North. Born from own rooted vines cultivated at high altitude in the Skurfberg viticultural area in Olifants River Region, carefully nurtured by the critically acclaimed Chris and Suzaan Alheit of Alheit Vineyards. This Chenin Blanc is absolutely outstanding, tight at first but let it breath and it will sucks out the air of the room, pronounced and dense aromas with ripe fruit profile with a multifaceted complexity and a crushed stone foundation. A broad postured palate with a pulsing fatigue a fresh acidic spine and a long and evolving finish is bringing this treasure all the way to the end zone.
Another proof of the what the renaissance of South African Wine is all about.
— 23 days ago


The Beacon Shiraz 2009

Tuoksu on monivivahteinen, etenkin kukkean parfyyminen. Maku on täyteläinen, mustapippurinen, hennon nahkainen, tyylikkään tamminen. Maku päättyy maukkaaseen kuivattuun hedelmään. — 5 days ago

Unsung Hero Wines

Western Cape Shiraz 2017

Trader Joe's, ~$7

Dark and opaque and a pungent smoky nose with a hint of fruit. Smooth but fairly full bodied and syrupy, on the tart and dry side but not in a bad way, has a decent alcohol bite. Starts with a pleasant slightly tart red fruit flavor, and a noticable smokiness follows shortly after giving a nice complexity to keep it interesting. Loved the mix of smoke and tart fruit in the flavors, if it was a little less harsh and tart it would be amazing but can't complain at all for the price. One of my favorites at this price point.
— 8 days ago

Fleur du Cap

Essence du Cap Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Lovely summer Sauvignon blanc, nice fruit forward, citrusy touch — 9 days ago

Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Chardonnay

WS #11 of the year 2016. Solid with some moments of greatness but ultimately not out of the ordinary. — 12 days ago

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Carmen Stevens

Angel's Reserve Western Cape Chenin Blanc 2018

Pale-straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon, pear, melon, cream, vanilla, and grass. Medium-plus acidity with crisp minerality on the finish. Bright and satisfying. — 14 days ago

De Wetshof

Lesca Chardonnay 2018

For $14 nice creamy Chardonnay a touch low in acidity baked apple , butter , lees contact character,spice — 11 days ago

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Graham Beck

Méthode Cap Classique Brut Champagne Blend

Excellent flavor, reasonable price. — 4 days ago

Jordan Wines (Gary and Kathy Jordan)

Stellenbosch Riesling 2017

High quality non-German dry Riesling. Classic profile, with hints of lime and slate. Quite refined. If this ages well, it may merit an even higher score. — 2 days ago