South Africa

Cape Heights

Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Very nice wine at this price point! Had at Tinto VB. Very balanced wine with decent structure. Fruit from South Africa. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Despite some poor reviews of earlier vintages I encourage you to give the 2016 a try. Great QPR! — 7 days ago

Fred Barranger
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Roodeberg

Red Blend 2017

I love this wine.
14% ALC
Smooth flavor that has a sweet linger effect.
Medium body
and only $14
— a day ago

Wagner Family of Wines

Voyage 2 Red Schooner Malbec

A little sweet but delicious with the perfect amount of spice — 3 days ago

Beyond Ordinary

Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Unexplainably wonderful! Dark berry notes. — a day ago

Amarula

Wild Fruit Cream Liqueur

Sweet creamy and endlessly entertaining like all Valentines activities should be — 5 days ago

Neil, Severn and 10 others liked this
Severn Goodwin

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Wild fruit? Interesting.
Ellen Clifford

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@Severn Goodwin the marula fruit! Nabbed this for an upcoming column—sneak preview it’s my spirit to drink while watching Black Panther...

Momento

Bot River Tinta Barocca 2017

Ännu ett av Marelise van Rensburgs viner, som jag plockade upp nere i Sydafrika. Gamla stockar, vinifierat till 25% med hela klasar. Doftar nyponbuske, järn, gurkskal, söt frukt och söt tobak. Smakmässigt är den bärig och lätt. Ljusa bär som mogna jordgubbar och friska lingon i samspel med lakrits och viol. Finkornig tannin och farligt klunkvänlig. — 3 days ago

Iona

Elgin Pinot Noir 2015

Delectable Wine
9.0

The 2015 Pinot Noir from Iona has a delightful red cherry, cranberry and bergamot scented bouquet that seems inspired by Pommard. The palate is fresh and full of tension, clearly sculpted by Elgin’s cool climate, with lovely balance of fruit concentration and weightlessness. $25.00 (Neal Martin, Vinous, February 2019) — 14 hours ago

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Alheit Vineyards

Fire By Night Chenin Blanc 2017

Honey comb, bees wax, minerality and good acidity — 6 days ago

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Beeslaar

Stellenbosch Pinotage 2016

David T
9.4

We have been working on our South Africa and Egypt trip for months. Diligently doing research and taking about it daily.

One of our stops will be a week on the Western Cape or as many define it, Stellenbosch. It has always been on my wine region bucket list for its wines and beauty. One of my goals was to find some excellent producers of Pinotage.

This Beeslaar is the private label of the Winemaker at Kanonkop, Abrie Beeslaar. Abrie makes a black label Kanonkop that sells retail at $200. That’s right, $200! It must be deliriously good if they can get $200 for it.

I found this 2016 Beeslaar at K&L for just under $37. It’s the 1st Pinotage that has my eyes wide open as to what can’t be done with this difficult varietal in the right hands. If his private label is this good, I hope to visit Kanonkop and taste their black label.

The nose reveals; dark chocolate raisins, dark eastern spices, plum and black cherry, blueberries, baked strawberries, blackberries, black raspberries, black raisin currants, smokiness and grilled meats, black pepper and a touch of white, some green vegetal notes, cinnamon, dark chocolate mocha bar, dark fruit steeped tea, gravely schist, touch of coffee grounds, dark fruit roll-ups, leather, tobacco with ash with fresh, dark red & blue florals.

The body is full, thick and rich. There is a dark, tarry, dusty tannin structure. This will benefit from 3-5 years plus in bottle but, it is crazy good. Sound, firm; structure, big tension, long length and very good balance. Dark chocolate raisins, smokiness and grilled meats, dark eastern spices that brings pronounced heat to the palate, black plum, plum and black cherry, blueberries, baked strawberries, blackberries, black raspberries, raspberries, black raisin currants, dark berry bubblegum, black pepper and a touch of white, tree bark with a touch of sap, some green vegetal notes, cinnamon, dark chocolate mocha bar, dark fruit steeped tea, gravely schist, dry stones, touch of coffee grounds, dark fruit roll-ups, new un-smoothed leather, tobacco with ash with fresh, dark red & blue florals. The acidity is round and splendid. The elegant, rich finish runs ripe fruits to dry tannins with dusty earth and shows an even tug of war with its fruits and earthiness.

It drinks like a combination of; Grand Cru Gamay, Shiraz and Northern Rhône.

I will be getting more of this and forgetting about it for 5 more years. Can’t wait for that moment and noting the changes.

This wine raises my excitement level for our trip with each sip.

Pinotage is a grape variety made from a cross of Pinot Noir & Cinsaut that was created in South Africa in 1925 by Abraham Izak Perold, the first Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University...making it one of the youngest grape varietals.

Photos of; a shot of just how beautiful Cape vineyards can be, Winemaker-Abrie Beeslaar, Pinotage fruit near harvest and field-hands harvesting their very tall vines. Beeslaar has no Cellar Door currently.
— 2 days ago

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@David T I hope you make the drive up the Yellow Brick Road to Ernie Els. No expense spared by the Golfing great when we visited in 2012. Also enjoyed Verglegen Rustenberg Rust en Verde, de Trafford and some round Franschoek. A beautiful place to live and have vineyards.
David T

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@Bob McDonald Thank you for your recommendations. It’s still a work in progress. These market trips are like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. We’ll see how it all comes together and how much I can fit in. Cheers! 🍷

Naudé

Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2015

Sauv-like and textural without quite straying into the territory of full blown Sauvignon. A bit more weight and texture without the capsicum and a bit less tropical fruit. — a day ago

Laura Cacciatore
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