Full Review

Frisky Zebras

Frisky Zebras
NV "Whispering White", Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Pasta

Category: Other South African White

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12% RS: .66%
Fair Trade Certified
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$7.95

Frisky Zebras
NV "Whispering White", Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Pasta

Category: Other South African White

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12% RS: .66%
Yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit, straw mat, and crabapple with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, breezy finish with nuances of lemon with no oak flavor. A dry, dainty white.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: grapefruit, straw mat, and crabapple
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of lemon
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Fish & Chips, Tuna Casserole, Chicken Piccata
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry, dainty white.

The Importer

United Nations of Wine

The Importer
8 Royal Ascot Lane
Sandown, Sandton 2196
South Africa
27 11-884-3304

Other South African White

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
White wine is produced in slightly higher numbers in South Africa as opposed to red wines (55% to 45%). The leading white wine is Chenin Blanc, which is produced in a dry to off-dry style with good natural acidity and very good depth of fruit. Chardonnay is next, followed by Sauvignon Blanc; examples of the latter, especially from Stellenbosch in the Coastal Region, have received notable critical praise.

Other whites, produced in smaller quantities, include Viognier, Colombard, Grenache Blanc and Weisser Riesling (Rhine Riesling). Examples of these wines are generally rather light and meant for early consumption; Weisser Riesling has shown some promise.

Though thought of as distinctly New World, South Africa's wine industry is actually over 300 years old. With recent governmental changes, South Africa has left its long period of international isolation. Wine drinkers in the US are beginning to see more and more of the fabled "Cape" wines on the domestic market. These wines actually share more in common with Old World styles than with their New World counterparts.

Produced in a cooler climate with a distinct maritime influence, South African wines are generally a couple of degrees lower in alcohol than those from Australia or California, and have higher levels of acidity with relatively firm structures. All in all, the national style shares much in common with that of France. Balance and moderation are the buzzwords, making these wines exceptionally friendly at the table. South African wines do have some unique signatures, however. Fans note a distinctive minerally flavor, present particularly in the reds, that we usually described as tar-like.