July 2016 - South Africa

This month's Wine feature is South African Wines
South Africa Reviews
215835
Leatherwood
2015 Viognier
Bright light yellow straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of tropical fruit custard tart, spiced peaches and pears, and nougat with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length citrus marmalade on scone, white toffee, lime-melon sorbet, and minerals finish with earthy, firm tannins. A delicious, varietally correct viognier with precise flavors and pinpoint acidity.
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215926
Leopard Frog
2011 "Tendré" Proprietor's Limited Release Red Blend Stellenbosch
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Bright, complex, savory aromas of grilled peppers and tomatoes, blackberry tart, delicate herbs, and bouillon with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long pomegranate, nuts, and mossy volcanic rocks finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, savory red blend that drinks like a mature old world claret.
93 points $19.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215922
Leopard Frog
2012 "Sharpeville" Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark garnet black color. Bright, savory aromas and flavors of roasted peppers and berries, olive tapenade, wet cedar and clay, and hint of iodine with an even, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-length black currants, cocoa-dusted lime, earth, and toasted cedar finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A lively and engaging cabernet with a great blend of savory and fruity flavors and a real sense of place.
93 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215836
Arabella
2015 Shiraz
Bright dark opaque violet color. Bright, nutty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, dried berries, bacon, and blonde tobacco with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-length vanilla custard, berry pie, and toasty cedar finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak. A smooth and juicy shiraz that is sure to please.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215927
Leopard Frog
NV "Titillation" Cuvée Prestige Pinotage Stellenbosch
Pale brassy amber color. Lively, toasty aromas and flavors of tropical citrus tart, delicate spice, dark caramelized nuts, and hint of balloon dust with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length spiced peaches and lemons, chalk, marinated carrot, and wheatgrass finish with chewy, earthy tannins and no oak. A wonderfully chewy, savory and enticing bubbly that will shine at the table.
90 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215929
Leopard Frog
"Singularity" Viognier
Bright medium golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of baked peaches and tropical citrus, pickled melon rind, green figs, and flowers with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long spiced sultans and nuts, mango creme brulee, and lemon curd finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A rich, almost late harvest style viognier with lots going on.
90 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215838
Arabella
2015 Merlot
Nearly opaque bright dark garnet color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of smoked berries and nuts, marinated beets and olives, white cigar ash, and hint of raw meat with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, involved, medium-long boysenberry compote, cocoa, and smoked peppercorns finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak. A smooth, precisely balanced merlot with great table appeal.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215928
Leopard Frog
2011 "Ingénue" Cabernet Sauvignon Rose Stellenbosch
Dark khaki orange color. Bright, fruity, roasted aromas of grilled peaches, lemons, and berries, smores, and hint of rubber with a soft, lively, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long roasted nut brittle, pickled melon, and blood orange finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins. A very lively and refreshment rosé with distinctive layers of flavor.
89 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215923
Leopard Frog
2014 "Sonance" Chenin Blanc - Viognier
Bright light straw green color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of peach cobbler and lemon with a soft, bright, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length spiced apple and pear, lime meringue pie, and grass finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and tasty, palate refreshing white.
89 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215867
Frisky Zebras
2015 "Ravishing Rosé" Western Cape
Bright salmon pink color. Lively, fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of baked cherries and berries, white ash, and smoked nuts with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, complex, medium-length balsamic on watermelon, grilled blood orange, toasted herbs, and hint of tar finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak. A tangy, smoky rose that will pair well with grilled foods.
88 points $7.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215834
Leatherwood
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium dark dusty garnet color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of mocha, dark roasted chestnuts, cigar, and herbs with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length pomegranate and currant chutney, dark roasted peppers, creme brulee, and basalt finish with earthy, woody, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A savory, well-balanced cabernet with attractive layers of smokiness.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215921
Leopard Frog
2010 "Diva" Pinot Noir
Dull burnt sienna color. Delicate, earthy, smoky aromas of farm mud, smoked cherries, and tar with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, charming, breezy mulberries, aloe leaf, and nutskins finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak. A very savory, earthy and lightly smoky pinot noir with firm tannins for the table.
88 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215833
Leatherwood
2014 The Red Blend Western Cape
Dusty garnet color. Roasted aromas of coffee, boysenberry pie crust, and nuts with a supple, bright, medium body and a tingling, breezy cranberries, bark, and earth finish with firm, barky tannins and heavy oak. An oaky red blend that will shine at the table.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215866
Frisky Zebras
2015 Provocative Pinotage
Violet color. Bright aromas of char roasted nuts, melted chocolate, wild berries, and raw meat with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, carefree plums, volcanic ash, and nutshells finish with earthy, woody tannins. An earthy, lightly smoky pinotage with nice structure for the table.
84 points $7.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215837
Arabella
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Nearly opaque bright dark violet color. Bright, interesting aromas and flavors of nutshell, corkboard, and roasted tomato with an even, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy craisin and cedar bark finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy, oak red for the table.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215924
Leopard Frog
2013 "Southern Sirens" 13 Cultivar White Blend Stellenbosch
Bright medium golden yellow color. Lively, earthy aromas and flavors of wet clay, overripe fruits, fruit leather, and jasmine rice with an even, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, carefree Greek yogurt, melon rind, peach pit, and gravel finish with fine tannins and no oak. A funky, earthy, dry white for the table.
81 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215925
Leopard Frog
2013 "Tantrum" Cuvée Prestige Pinotage Stellenbosch
Bright light salmon orange color. Lively, fruity, rustic aromas and flavors of wild berries, sweet cream, aloe, and olive pit with an even, tangy, effervescent, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, brisk barnyard hay, nutshell, starfruit vinaigrette, and parchment finish with papery, chewy tannins and no oak.
81 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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