December 2015 - South Africa

This month's Wine feature is South African Wines
South Africa Reviews
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Smirk
2015 Moscatel
Pale yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of orange blossoms, mango chutney, and peach pastry with a satiny, soft, fruity medium body and a captivating, cheery clementines, crunchy apples and pears, and melon finish with no oak. A tasty, relaxing, fruity white wine.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213373
Nederburg
2014 Lyric Western Cape
Straw green color. Delicate, creamy aromas and flavors of vanilla nougat bar, apple custard, and meringue with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, breezy lemon ice, starfruit, and lightly smoky minerals finish. A nice lightly smoky white wine.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213372
Nederburg
2013 Winemaster's Reserve Pinotage
Deep purple color. Bright, smoky aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, grilled fruits, and mole chocolate with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, crisp berry tart, charcoal, apple, and smoky minerals finish with firm, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice smoky red for bbq.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213375
Two Oceans
2014 Cabernet & Merlot
Dusty garnet color. Delicate, smoky, savory aromas and flavors of olives and campfire embers with a silky, bright, dry medium body and a sleek, swift dried mulberries, dolmades, and forest floor finish with soft, fine tannins. A nice and dry, savory red that will be great with grilled game.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213376
Two Oceans
2014 Shiraz
Deep purple color. Delicate, smoky, savory aromas of dark roasted nuts, white cigar ash, and marinated olives with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, breezy vanilla yogurt nuts, nuts, roasted root vegetables, and cedar finish with fine, dusty tannins. A nice, dry savory shiraz with appealing smokiness for the table.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213377
Durbanville Hills
2014 Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc
Bright medium gold color. Lively, citrusy, fruity earthy grassy aromas of ripe lemons, lemon pepper, lemon grass, and gravel with an lively, dry full body and a peppery, interesting, brisk finish with fruit tannins.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212989
Burl
2014 Pinotage
Violet color. Bright, fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled berries, roasted nuts, and charcoal with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy pomegranate, melon rind, nutskin, and vanilla milk finish with light oak. A nice tangy red for the table.
85 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213374
Nederburg
2013 Late Harvest Chenin Blanc
Yellow straw color. Delicate, smoky, rubbery aromas and flavors of roasted apples and lemons, honey cream, and rubber with a satiny, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, chalk, fruit rind, nutshell, and moss finish with dusty tannins. A pleasant, rather dry late harvest white.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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