Tag Archives: South African wine

Weekly Wine – Nederberg

8 Mar

The Nederberg Winemasters Cabernet Sauvignon
2014
South Africa
750ml
14.5% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

This wine is corked – at first one feels rather posh opening it up.
But then after scrambling around looking for a corkscrew – one gets a distinct and vigorous pop as the cork leaves the confines of the bottle.
Then the pour.
Then the sip.
This wine is rather sour – at first quite unpleasantly. It is a bit harsh and acidic.
Yet the sourness mellows after two or more tastes.
It also is mellowed with a few “just this side of stale” tortilla chips – plain without salsa.
The wine looks nice – classy label, a cork, it looks very elegant. Perhaps this is why the experience of drinking it is a bit of a let-down. It is a dry acidic wine. It is OK but I would pass on it – unless I want to impress someone with a fancy bottle.

Weekly Wine – Vinecrafter

18 Jan

vinecraftsKWV The Vinecrafter Chemin Blanc
2015
South Africa
750ml
13.0% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

Not sure if I’m going to get to the bottom of this.
This meaning the bottle of this South African wine.
The first sips were rather brutal – the wine was at room temperature so the bottle ended up in the freezer to get down to a more suitable temperature.
That didn’t help much.
I started to think I should chill my lips so the wine doesn’t warm up before it hits my taste buds – but that’s too much work.
The wine is very acidic. Too acidic. I have never had a wine so acidic that it hides the flavour completely. It is like those children sour candies that have some sour stuff over a sugary candy. But there is no candy here. There is no discernible flavour that I can pick out with my acid infested palate.
Perhaps this bottle is off?
I won’t buy another to try.

Weekly Wine – Stormy Bay

2 May

StormyStormy Bay Cabernet Sauvignon
2014
South Africa
750ml
14% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

I liked this wine.
It had a nice bite to it. It was crisp and to the point.
There was a bit of a strange aftertaste but this was easily overlooked.
The first thing that stood out is that the colour was very nice – a very nice ruby red. The first sips were crisp and gave me the well-rounded, full-bodied flavour. The strange aftertaste just lingered or a little while on the palate and then quickly dissipated.
This wine stacks up well to other wines in the price category. It has a nice flavour and no real bad characteristics. It does not really stand out, but its sharp delivery of flavour makes it a nice wine.
The label is pretty funky as well.

Weekly Wine –Two Oceans SB

2 Mar

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Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc
2015
South Africa
750ml
13% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

If you look closely at the label on this wine bottle you will notice that there are these printed squiggles on the scene of the land jutting into the sea. When the light hits the bottle just right they will jump out. Otherwise they are fairly muted.
I write this because I am really at a loss for words on this wine. It is a nice, light, classy white wine. It doesn’t really stand out though.
It is OK.
Just OK.
I am trying to muster the muscles and the senses that will give me something about this wine that but the simple OK. There are hints of fruits and berries but they are very muted and not meant to stand out or offend. The label recommends, “Great with: Thai dishes, chicken, grilled fish, shellfish and nuts.” I look in my kitchen and see I’m out of luck in these categories. Will a can of tuna do? Should I order Thai?
This wine is OK, spectacularly OK.

 

Weekly Wine – Obikwa

2 Sep

SONY DSCObikwa Shiraz
2014
South Africa
750ml
13.5% ABV
$9.45 (LCBO)

There is a bite to this wine that troubles me.
It is there with every sip. It is there even after I nosh on something.
This bite, which hits me back in the throat, distracts me from enjoying this wine.
It is fruity, but what fruits do I taste? There’s that bite!
It is dry but a bit sweet. I don’t know. I can’t tell. There’s that bite!
Such a shame. Is it the sulphites? Is it the wine? I can’t tell, there’s that bite!
The wine in this pleasant looking bottle is disappointing because of that bite. It denotes cheapness and a lack of finesse.
However, the label proudly tells me that the container is a “eco-friendly lightweight bottle.”
Well at least that’s something.

 

 

Weekly Wine – Frisky Zebra

12 Aug

Frisky Zebra Seductive Shiraz
Year: N/A
South Africa
750ml
13.5% ABV
$9.00 (LCBO)

This wine hits all the right buttons.
What a cool label … and it’s South African!
It is fair trade wine – who knew … but great!
This wine is carbon neutral – how great is that.
Is it organic? Well it does not say so. Is this a mark against this wine.
No.
This wine is ordinary. And ordinary in a bad way. It had a bit of bitterness around it. Is it the sulphites that are in the wine? Are the sulphites free trade. Carbon neutral. The wine does not start or finish well. It is definitely not a frisky wine. It is a wine that one finds at the end of a rough night and mutter, “That’ll do.”
I don’t mind a good marketing campaign. And this will hit the buttons – a low price and “morally pure” wine. This wine is deceptive – promising much but delivering a subpar wine. It is drinkable – but only if you have to

 

Weekly Wine – Chenin Blanc

30 Apr

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KVW Chenin Blanc
2013
South Africa
750ml
12% ABV
$9.45 (LCBO)

This wine was an experiment, of sorts. My very significant other usually questions my obsession with the sub ten dollar wine world.
I had bought a rather more expensive wine to sample and it did not really suit us. So I opened this one.
Didn’t do it either.
So the score is really 0-0.

The wine is sour. The sourness hits early and sticks around to remind you that it is sour. The wine was chilled but obviously not enough. We put it in the fridge and go it down to refrigerator temperature. The wine was okay, but not spectacular. The sourness was gone because of the cold. When the glass was out for five minutes and the temperature rose a few degrees the sourness returned.
Lime many inexpensive white wines, this will be nice for making spritzers in the summer.
I’ll pass.