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February 2018 - South Africa

February 2018 - South Africa
This month's Wine feature is South African Wines

South Africa Reviews

Braai 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate and toasted coconut with an vibrant, fruity medium-full body and an intricate, long blackberry preserve, bramble thicket, and peppery spice finish with chewy, earthy, silky tannins and moderate oak. A regal Bordeaux style blend from the Western cape; lay some down for later if you can resist not drinking it now.
Awards: 2017 Best South African Red Wine
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Indaba 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas of dried gooseberry and desert grasses with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, relaxed fresh orange, black pepper, and sunflower seed finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A subtle Sauvignon Blanc with food-friendly acidity; can become a weeknight favorite.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
State Room 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$17.99
Dull ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry, green banana leaf, graphite, and fruit punch with a dryish medium-to-full body and a short papaya and tar finish with fruit, papery tannins and light oak. A very fruity yet balanced South African Cab with a great sense of place.
89 points $17.99
Beyond 2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dull dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry preserves, green pepper, and match head with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An herbal cab for roast pairings.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Indaba 2016  Merlot
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Aromas of blackberry and dandelion stems with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a buoyant blackberry jam and wild mint finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. An approachable & berry-forward Merlot; sip alone or enhance a meal.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Indaba 2017 Mosaic Red Blend Western Cape
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Fruity aromas of blackberry pie and fresh peppermint with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, relaxed vanilla gelato and buttery pie crusts finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. An unabashedly fruity wine that will be real crowd pleaser.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Marula 2015  Pinotage
88 points
$15.99
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas of blackberry cobbler and chocolate petite fours with raspberry filling with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long slate, tar, dry roasted almonds, and sea salt finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A velvety, fruity wine with ample South African flair.
88 points $15.99
Excelsior 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, peppermint, and leather with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a cheery spiced plum and sweet tobacco finish with fruit, soft tannins and moderate oak. A juicy and fruit-forward cab able to please a variety of your guests.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Jam Jar 2016 Sweet Shiraz Western Cape
84 points
$11.99
Violet color. Earthy aromas of baked plums, tar, and weathered oak with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a polished, brisk prunes, red apple, and minerals finish with moderate oak. An easy-going shiraz for sweet tooths.
84 points $11.99
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