An unusual blend of 86% Pinotage and 3.5% each of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Mature ruby in colour, the nose is redolent with the fragrance of cedar, blackcurrant and cherries with a floral grace note. Medium-bodied, dry and elegant with surprisingly youthful flavours of red- and blackcurrants. Firmly structured with great length.
This blend of 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot is dense purple-ruby in colour. It has a cedary, red- and blackcurrant nose with an oaky note. Medium-bodied and dry, it’s firmly structured and well-balanced with blackcurrant and cherry flavours.
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2016, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay ($55) Seamless, harmonious and seductive. Bright, rich and vibrant with fresh acidity, great length and complexity. Refined with a refreshing minerality and a long, lifted finish. A benchmark for the region.
Yellow straw in colour with a lime tint, showing a nose of spicy apple, green nuts and a touch of barnyard. Medium- to full-bodied, dry, spicy and rich on the palate with a toasty, apple flavour and great length.
A punning label from Fairview winery that uses only Rhône grape varieties. This is a blend of Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. Light straw in colour, it offers a minerally, peachy nose. It’s medium- to full-bodied, dry with peach and lemon flavours and a thread of minerality. Really good value.
New World wine? Fairview Cellars was established in 1693. That’s right. This is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Petit Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault from Paarl, aged in tanks and barrels. Ripe, juicy and smooth, this medium-bodied, easy-drinking red carries smoked meats, cherries and stewed cassis to a short, clipped finish. There’s a driving level of VA and some reduction brewing underneath the surface of this screw-capped wine that detract. That said, a partnership with smokey beef ribs will mitigate.
Shows dark berry fruit with a whiff of menthol on the nose and juicy blackberry and blackcurrant flavours, with solid, well-balanced structure, finishing firm and dry.