An inviting nose of plums, prunes, blackberry, mocha, vanilla and smoky-peppery notes. The black fruits are generous on the palate and bolstered by baking spices and pepper. It’s a nicely aged Shiraz with a smooth delivery.
A pretty good bargain sparkler from South Africa with a nose of sweet grapefruit, cut grass, lime and toast. On the palate look for tropical fruits, crisp citrus and a soft bead of bubbles. Pair with oysters, sushi or grilled fish.
Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s signature white grape (also formerly known as Steen). Currently at the LCBO, this bargain-priced Chenin is a highly versatile food wine. It’s light straw in colour and offers a minerally nose of pear with a floral top note. It’s medium-bodied, clean and dry with pear and peach flavours. A well-made wine and good value.
A bold, sassy and spicy offering from South Africa that shows blackberry-mulberry fruits on the nose with savoury-peppery notes and a touch of mint. It’s very nice on the palate with substantive and ripe currants, liquorice, tar, cracked black pepper and spice. Big, bold and beautiful! It would pair well with braised lamb shank or oxtail stew.
Sometimes an inexpensive little white fits the occasion. This is a crowd-pleaser with friendly peach, tropical fruits and fresh, forward citrus notes on the nose that carry through to the palate. A white that will appeal to just about everyone at your party. Serve with grilled scallops.
If you like the fruit-forward Australian Shiraz-style wines, you’ll find a good bargain from South Africa. It’s a deeply coloured wine with a smoky, savoury nose. The initial flavour of sweet blackberries mellows to an earthy, herbal dryness. A lot of flavour and complexity for the price.