Archive for the Coastal Region Category

Nederburg Ingenuity Red 2008, Coastal Region, South Africa

I make no bones about it, I tend to like blended wines.  Like single varietals, blends can be good or bad, but I would like to give a good winemaker more options.  So here comes the Nederburg blend, this Coastal Region Red from 2008 modestly labelled Ingenuity. With the scent of spice, some alcohol, wood and red berries I was thinking this wine has potential. The gulp had plenty of backbone, it was smooth and didn't taste boozy like the scent.  Great berry medley as well. The wine had groove, Read more [...]

Le Bonheur Prima Red 2007, Coastal Region, South Africa

Le bonheur means happiness.  The Le Bonheur 2007 Prima red blend embodies that happiness by not getting stressed out.  Winemakers and or weather and geographic conditions will occasionally conspire to deliberately or accidentally stress vines by depriving them of water and forcing them to develop in a certain manner that concentrates flavour.  (This is not a how made wine is mad blog, so know-it-all geeks excuse my simplification!)  This wine, however, is not stressed and the results are great. The Read more [...]

Bellingham Wines, The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2010, Coastal Region, South Africa

Subtle in fragrance is the 2010 Bellingham Wines Bernard Serires Chenin Blanc.  Culled from 40 year old vines my glass offered a tease of apple and pineapple scent.  The gulp showed lush pinepple, citrusy lime, some hay and honey.  Also a sophisticated dusting of chalk garnished those flavours like icing sugar on nice dessert.  The flavour components are varied, but the wine does not seem scattered, merely wonderfully balanced and a delight to drink. I had a discussion with the winemaker, 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 [...]

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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