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Reviews for 2021

June 2021 - South Africa

June 2021 - South Africa
This month's Wine feature is South African Wines

South Africa Reviews

Kershaw 2017 Clonal Selection Syrah
94 points
$64
Medium dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black olive, leather, black tea, soil, violets, dried sage, dried blueberry, and fresh blackberry with a silky, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, very long finish conveying notes of vanilla and espresso with fine, well-integrated, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A delicious Syrah that balances the bright and the brooding - full of dark fruit and coastal brush notes.
Awards: 2021 Best Syrah
Never Look Back 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$16
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of black currant, underbrush, terra cotta, red clay, and allspice with a round, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, long finish with overtones of black plum, espresso bean, dark chocolate, tea, and lavender with fine, well-integrated, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A precisely balanced, delicious and easy drinking Cabernet that boosts subtle complexities of flavor; drink now or cellar for 3 to 6 years.
91 points $16 Best Buy
La Motte 2019 La Motte Merlot
90 points
$19
Medium garnet color. Aromas and flavors of smoked meat, toast, leather, grilled plum, baked cherry tart, cracked black pepper, and myrrh with a round, lively, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of chocolate-covered pecans with well-integrated, fine, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A savory and juicy Merlot with a strong sense of place; try with most meat dishes.
Riebeek Cellars 2019  Pinotage
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Light ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of fresh turned soil, sautéed shitake, dried cherries, dates, vanilla, coffee, and grilled plum with a satiny, lively, dry medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long finish manifesting overtones of olives, herbs, and rhubarb with fine, well-integrated, coating tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A delightful red that manages to be both bright and rich, fruity and savory.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Indwe 2020  Pinotage
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Aromas of black plum, black raspberry, leather, rooibos tea, black olive, fruit leather, and vanilla with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long olive, beets, clove, and thyme finish with well-integrated, fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright, food friendly wine with complex savory and fruit flavors; try with otherwise hard to pair game dishes.
88 points $15 Best Buy
State Room 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$16
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of plum, cherry fruit leather, dried herbs, marjoram, fennel, and coffee with a supple, lively, dry medium-full body and a tingling, captivating, breezy finish with overtones of raspberry coulis, cedar, and sage with fine, well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A balanced, full-bodied Cabernet that can stand on its own or complement many dishes.
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