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South African WineTraditionally, South African wine was known for two varietals - Chenin Blanc (known there as Steen) and Pinotage, a less than successful try at making a hardier, higher yielding Pinot Noir (by crossing it with Cinsault, which grows like a weed).
Their Chenin Blanc is still top notch, and Pinotage still has its devotees. But South Africa is now known for much more.
They are now making excellent wines from many varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Syrah (Shiraz) and Sauvignon Blanc can stand with the top ranks of those varieties from around the world.
Ideal with game meat and birds. A perfect accompaniment to hearty stews, strong-flavoured herbs and cheeses, as well as grilled red meats.... more
A powerful nose of guava, lime zest and ripe pear braced by honeysuckle and orange blossoms. A juicy palate with opulent passion-fruit, following through from the nose and finishing off with tart grapefruit characteristics. The refreshing acidity is more
A youthful fresh wine with quince and pear drop flavours. Earlier picked freshness shows on palate with crunchy green apple and grapefruit flavours. Good mouthfeel and appetisingly tangy finish.
Style: Fresh and ... more
The 2008 Rubicon is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc that is raised in French oak for 20 months (65% new). It has a well-defined bouquet of blackberry, black truffle and tar. The palate is well balanced with supple ... more
2008: 90 Points
- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
: "Solidly ripe, but stylish, with a whiff of mint running through the red currant, blackberry and tobacco notes. A sanguine edge checks in on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, ... more
The object with the Langtafel range is pleasant drinking with good value. 2010 Was a good vintage for reds, producing wines with intense colour and fine berry
flavors. Oak staves were added after blending to enhance complexity, without losing sight more
The object with the Langtafel range is pleasant drinking with good value. In this blend the Chenin Blanc contributes to fullness and length on the palate with more tropical flavors, while the Sauvignon adds zip and freshness, resulting in a clean, ... more
24% discount on 12 bottles for $213.48
The Malan family's winemaking history dates back to 1688 when Jacques Malan arrived in South Africa. In 1953, one of his descendants, Frans Malan planted vineyards on De Hoop, in the foothills of the Simonsbert Mountain outside Stellenbosch. 1968 ... more
24% discount on 6 bottles for $202.14
In 2005, Domaine Michel Laroche acquired L’Avenir Wine Estate. Located in Stellenbosch, South Africa, L’Avenir is a 158 acre estate with 72 acres planted to vine. The L’Avenir vineyards have a significant number of Pinotage and ... more
24% discount on 12 bottles for $692.28
Dense but silky, with stylish red and black cherry, plum and currant fruit stitched with notes of black tea, singed bay leaf and pepper. A mesquite note ties up the finish. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2015.óJ.M.... more