South of the Equator

By / Wine + Drinks / March 6th, 2014 / 2

With the Winter Olympics behind us and Rio’s Summer Games now in the spotlight, we’ve decided to feature some southern hemisphere gems this week. Brazil may not be known for its world-class wine but both Chile and South Africa produce wine of outstanding quality.


Aresti Estate Selection Gewürztraminer 2012

Reviewed by: Sean Wood

Editor Rating: Very Good


DO Central Valley, Chile

Review Summary:

Shows true varietal rose petal and lightly honeyed scents but in a less perfumed style. The crisp acidity and relatively dry finish, though, make for adaptable pairing with a variety of lighter dishes.


Franschhoek Vineyards La Cotte Mill Chenin Blanc 2011

Reviewed by: Quench

Editor Rating: Very Good


South Africa

Review Summary:

A nifty Chenin that’s typical of this South African staple white with an expressive nose of tropical fruits, grapefruit, peach and a touch of wild honey. It’s big (14% alcohol) and refreshingly dry on the palate with a creamy texture and loaded with pineapple and peach fruit goodness. It’s fresh and vibrant through the finish. Pair with cold chicken dishes, seafood or perfect with sushi.


KWV Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay 2012

Reviewed by: Evan Saviolidis

Editor Rating: Very Good


Western Cape, South Africa

Review Summary:

KWV’s Chardonnay offers serious bang for the buck! Peach, white flowers, honey, fig, anise and bubble gum/tutti frutti are all on the nose. The palate reveals more bubble gum as well as apple, pineapple and citrus. There is crisp acidity, very good length and a slight creaminess.


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