Archive for the Africa Category

Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Western Cape, South Africa

I have been sampling a lot of South African wines recently.  This 2010 Western Cape Sauvignon Blanc by Porcupine Ridge has some pretty familiar traits and at least one interesting twist. Pouring into the glass quite clear, the nose is points more towards flower than the fruit.  The fruit comes through stronger in the taste.  Typical peach and tropical fruit swim around in with something new: instead of a chalky effect when the wine is low on acid, the wine showed a farinaceous background that Read more [...]

Robertson Winery 2010 Chenin Blanc, Robertson, South Africa

Wouldn't any wine marketer love to have a region named after their winery?  Robertson Wines from the Robertson district in the Breede River Valley wine region of South Africa have earned that distinction from by being recognized pioneers of wine industry in that country.  Much of that burgeoning country's wine industry is pinning it's hopes on Chenin Blanc becoming their exporting calling card, much like Sauvignon Blanc did for New Zealand. Looking quite light in the glass, the 2010 Robertson Read more [...]

Constantia Glen Red, Coastal Region, South Africa

Note: This is the third and final wine and music matching for the product of this winemaker.  I really enjoyed this trio of wines and encourage you to seek them out – they are not easy to find but well worth the effort.  I don't usually focus in on one winemaker like this – and as always I have not received any special consideration beyond samples of these wines. This wine poured dark with oxblood highlights.  The 2007 Constantia Glen smells of intense raspberry and blackberry, with a whiff Read more [...]

Goats Do Roam, Western Cape Wine of Origin, South Africa

This red wine has a pun name that goads folks like me into mentioning it sounds an awful bit like Côtes du Rhône. The 2009 Goats do Roam has a strong nose, with smoked wood, plum and even a tiny bit eucalyptus floating in the background.  That nose influences the way you taste the wine as it rolls in quite dry, probably from the wood cues and gets juicy and finally has a pleasant finish that is not necessarily sweet, but sweeter than some of the green pepper bitter farewells you get from a number Read more [...]

Constantia Glen Saddle, Coastal Region, South Africa

The 2007 Constantia Glen Saddle has a unique component: this red wine I smells like very good, dry cured Hungarian sausage.  Being a lover of good charcuterie myself, the salivation that set in between smell and gulp helped me get a get every bit of flavour out of the ensuing nectar.  And what a gulp.  The juice produced a punch of berry that was both intense and genuine; i.e. no fake new world characteristics.  The dryness came through as earthy more than woody. Of course the cured sausage Read more [...]

Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia, Coastal Region, South Africa

Note: This is one of three wine and music matchings for this producer, Constantia Glen. The 2008 Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc looks light and clean in the glass, but that is the only thing about this wine that can be described as light. The wine wafts an attractive bouquet of concentrated tropical and citrus notes. Nothing unexpected in terms of specific fragrances, but really intense without going overboard. And the taste picks it up another notch. The fruit is uncommonly concentrated with Read more [...]
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