Western Cape, South Africa
From the bottle
Style - This rich, supple red displays flavours and aromas of spicy red and black berry fruits, together with a touch of vanilla oak, to give a vibrant red wine with a long, smooth finish
Serve - This deeply fruity wine is soft enough to enjoy on its own or...(with)...steaks, chops, sausages and other grilled meats
Price £9.99 brought on offer for £4.99. (Available from Budgens)
With a little elephant on the label this wine seems quiet fun on the shelf and urges me to pick it up. I do, and on the back I find that it is South African. Regular readers will know that I am not a big fan of SA wines, they just feel a little unrefined or something, but I am on a self proclaimed mission to find at least one bottle I like, and as such off to the till I pop.
Once safe at home, and poured this wine gives off aromas of black fruit, spicy pepper and oak. So far so good. I take a sip and am disappointed with the lack of fruit. It feels as if the grapes were picked a tad too early and therefore not given enough time to fully develop in flavour. Smooth tannins are observed however the mouthfeel is thin, and it is slightly too hot (i.e. you can notice the alcohol)
Rating Wouldn't turn down a free glass
Western Cape of South Africa
From the bottle
Mellow red wine made from South Africa's best known red grape varieties, bursting with ripe berry fruit flavours and a soft finish
Price £6.50 (Available from Co-op)
Now, I have to be honest and say that I am not a fan of South African wines. Rationally I think to myself that it is on a similar latitude as Australia, Argentina and Chile (all known for making some great wines) and therefore I always open a bottle with apprehension and hope that this will be the bottle to change my mind. Maybe (I think to myself) I have just been unlucky and found some less than great bottles before, but unfortunately this bottle confirmed my thoughts once more.
The aroma consists of black fruits, a spice I cant quite put my finger on -possibly cloves or star anise and strongly of alcohol. On the palate it feels soft and ripe but seems somewhat unrefined with its unpleasant after-taste. I tried, I really tried, to like this wine so that I could finally say I like a SA wine (especially as this is fairtrade) but this isn't going to be the one.
Rating - Would cry more over spilt milk.
Wine of Western Cape, South Africa
From the bottle
This quirky blend of Chenin Blanc, Semillon and Muscat is soft fruity with masses of apricot and peach flavours. Our Quirky Birds don't like being cellared so drink while young, with friends and whatever spicy food you enjoy the most.
Price 5.49 (Available from Tesco)
I love a good label and this bottle just looked so fun and friendly on the shelf that I just had to take it home, but unfortunately, it was not meant to be a new friend. Very pale in the glass and the aroma - peach with a hint of pineapple, is a little pale too. On to the taste it is a little peachy but has quite heavy citrus notes. Although the acidity isn't too overpowering it would definitely work better with food. A soft, medium dry wine with a taste that leaves the mouth quickly.
Rating - Wouldn't turn down a free glass