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December 2015 - South Africa

December 2015 - South Africa
This month's Wine feature is South African Wines

South Africa Reviews

Smirk 2015  Moscatel
88 points
$15.99
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
Nederburg 2014 Lyric Western Cape
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Nederburg 2013 Winemasters Reserve Pinotage
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Two Oceans 2014  Cabernet & Merlot
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
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
Two Oceans 2014  Shiraz
85 points
$8.99
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
Durbanville Hills 2014 Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$14.99
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
Burl 2014  Pinotage
85 points
$15.99
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
Nederburg 2013 Late Harvest Chenin Blanc
83 points
$9.99
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
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