December 2014 - South Africa - All Wines

This month's Wine feature is South African - All Wines
South Africa - All Wines Reviews
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Arabella
2013 Shiraz
Bright dark garnet blue violet color. Attractive, smoky aromas and flavors of ripe black fruits, penetrating smoky black berries, black olives, and black pepper with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208671
Arabella
2013 Merlot
Bright dark violet garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of black plums, black currants, and fruitcake roasted nuts with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a polished, involved, long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208671
Arabella
2013 Merlot
Bright dark violet garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of black plums, black currants, and fruitcake roasted nuts with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a polished, involved, long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208670
Arabella
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark garnet violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of dark fruits, roasted black currants, black olives, and nice toasty oak with a tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a mildly astringent, complex, medium-long finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208678
Leatherwood
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark garnet violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of cassis, red flowers and spring water, charcoal wood smoke, and silly putty - clay with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208676
Arabella
2014 Viognier
Bright medium golden straw color. Complex aromas and flavors of musky peach, quince, and lemon custard with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long finish with fine tannins and light oak.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208677
Arabella
2013 Chardonnay
Bright clear straw emerald color. Complex aromas and flavors of tangy apples, toasted bread crust, kiwi fruit, and turned earth with a chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a mildly astringent, complex, medium-long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A rich, warm white that is very non confrontational and could work with a broad range of rich cuisine.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208679
Leatherwood
2012 Shiraz
Bright dark garnet violet color. Smoky, complex aromas and flavors of smoky blackberries, mocha, pomegranate, and toasty oak with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a mildly astringent, intricate, medium-long finish with fine tannins.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208674
Arabella
2014 Chenin Blanc
Bright light straw emerald color. Complex aromas and flavors of honey suckle, stone fruit, bubble gum dust, and potters clay with a lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a mildly astringent finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208672
Arabella
2013 Pinotage
Bright medium ruby blue violet color. Aromas and flavors of baked cherry tart, tree bark, red rhubarb custard, and potters clay with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry full body and a mildly astringent, complex, medium-length finish with firm tannins and light oak.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208675
Arabella
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw emerald color. Attractive aromas and flavors of lemon curd, crenshaw melon, and dusty bamboo with a chewy, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a captivating finish.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208680
Leatherwood
2013 Viognier
Bright medium straw emerald color. Aromas and flavors of quince, grilled peaches, turned earth, and steamed green bamboo with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity body and a warming, complex finish with fine tannins and light oak.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208529
Smirk
2014 Moscatel
Pale silver color. Aromas and flavors of orange blossoms, lychee, and honey with a soft, bright, fruity body and a seamless, stimulating, breezy finish displaying notes of potpourri and earth. A nice floral white sipper.
85 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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