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February 2019 - South Africa

February 2019 - South Africa
This month's Wine feature is South African Wines

South Africa Reviews

Smate 2018  Shiraz
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Violet color. Baked aromas of blackberry coulis, baked orange, and dill with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, crisp creme fraiche and blackberry cobbler finish with moderate oak flavor. A silky shiraz that will play great at the table.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Nine Fields 2017  Chardonnay
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of lime, orange creamsicle, and mango lassi with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, relaxed finish with accents of gravel with a suggestion of oak flavor. A food-friendly chardonnay in an understated style.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Nine Fields 2018  Chenin Blanc
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of wool, flamed lemon zest, and sesame with a bright, dry medium body and a relaxed lemon bar, yellow flowers, and sesame oil finish. A savory and distinct South African Chenin for spicing up a weekday dinner party.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Nine Fields 2017  Merlot
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of volcanic rock, charred and grilled meats and root vegetables, and wild berries with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-long finish manifesting accents of cranberry relish, pickled beets, and hint of ash with dusty, woody tannins. A fun, smoky merlot that will be great with grilled fare, especially game.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Smate 2018  Pinotage
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Violet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark chocolate espresso beans and cherries and grilled zucchini bread with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long finish with notes of spicy cherry berry compote, pencil shavings, and honeycomb with well-integrated, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A chewy, lightly smoky and spicy pinot noir that will pair nicely with ethnic cuisine.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Nine Fields 2017  Shiraz
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of mulberry, island spices, and charcoal with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, engaging, medium-long black pepper, fudge and tar finish. A truly South African Shiraz that will be a natural with grilled meats.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Nine Fields 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$9.99
Violet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, singed chocolate, and grilled cherries with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish with nuances of slate and volcanic ash and berries and greens with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A crisp and refreshing red with a smoky backbone.
85 points $9.99
Nine Fields 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$9.99
Straw color. Aromas of soft papaya, tropical fruit jam on scones, pipi du chat, and golden beets with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, quick guanabana finish with no oak flavor. A solid Sauvignon Blanc for the table.
84 points $9.99
Smate 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$15
Silvery emerald straw color. Interesting, green aromas and flavors of smoked paprika on peppers, grilled papaya custard, and lanolin with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, crisp finish with accents of grapefruit and lime rind and flint with crunchy tannins and no oak flavor. A crisp, lightly smoky sauvignon blanc with a cheery food-friendly nature.
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