July 2017 - South Africa

This month's Wine feature is South African Wines
South Africa Reviews
220178
Sonance
NV Pinot Grigio
Pale straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and lemon zest with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a complex, breezy dried apricot and mango, starfruit, sage, and limestone and diesel finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A snappy and silky Pinot Grigio with complex minerality not unlike a fine German Riesling.
91 points $9.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220113
Lubanzi
2015 Red Blend Coastal Region
Opaque black garnet color. Aromas of dried berries, dry earth, and dried white flowers with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity full body and an interesting, medium-length tar, dark chocolate, mixed berry pie, and parsley finish with coarse tannins and heavy oak. A sturdy red for the table.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220112
Lubanzi
2016 Chenin Blanc
Bright yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of crisp apple and pear, lemon yogurt, cantaloupe rind, and ginger with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a swift nougat finish with fine, fruit tannins. An easy-going and versatile wine.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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