Archive for the Western Cape Category

Two Oceans Shiraz 2009, W.O. Western Cape 375ml

Shiraz... ahhh the darling grape of inexpensive New World red wines.  The 2009 Two Oceans Shiraz doesn't jump out as South African wine, it is a pretty generic Shiraz.   Where the Indian and the Pacific Oceans meat in South Africa's cape area, you get all sorts of micro climates, born from temperate winds and intense sun, rising cliffs, rolling hills and elegant plateaus.  Too bad none of those shape this wine.   On the nose you have raspberry and muted strawberry, which carry Read more [...]

Morgenster Red 2001 2003 & 2005 Flight, Western Cape, South Africa

The Morgenster Red 2001 is an ageing rock band who refuses to grow up.  Still lots of banging, thumping soaring high notes.  Ten years after, from the grapevine, the cellar and into my tasting glass this bottle wafts notes of cassis and light leather.  The gulp features that cassis range of fruits with some black pepper and a GREAT mouthfeel. The flavours come together seemlessly, like a tight veteran band who have spent years getting their chops down on the road – to the point where you forget Read more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier, Western Cape, South Africa

The 2009 triple blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and a drop of the white grape Viognier is a whirling,  young Tasmanian Devil of a wine. Just like the popular cartoon character Tasmanian Devil is simply referred to as Taz, I am happy that I can cut Boekenhoutskloof down to the “Wolftrap” for us English speakers. Still very young, this 2009 vintage flavour bomb wine is juicy and earthy. The smell is complex with floral notes, bacon, leather and something familiar to health-nuts: flax seed oil. Read more [...]
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