Cloof 2007 Inkspot Vin Noir ($14.00) – a red blend of Pinotage / Shiraz / Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% of the wine aged in small French oak barrels; there’s nice fruit here with coffee and mocha notes backing it up. (****)
Graham Beck 2009 GB Chardonnay/Viognier ($11.95) – an 80/20 blend of Chard to Vio creates this tropical fruit monster, with good balancing acidity, refreshing and tasty, crisp and delicious. Buy it by the case and open a bottle for any and all occasions this summer. Great before dinner all on its own. (****½)
Juno 2007 Arthouse Shiraz / Mourvedre ($14.95) – 14 months of age goes into making this 85/15 Shiraz to Mourvedre. Lots of sweet dark fruit, easy on the palate.
Slent Farms 2008 Ayama Cabernet Sauvignon ($13.95) – this unoaked Cab could fool even the most astute wine drinker into believing a barrel or two was used. 3 months on lees has added great complexity and intensity to this wine, then it is further aged in stainless steel for 1 year. Rich red fruit with chocolate and mocha – tannins are fairly gritty and intense. Outstanding value. (****½)
Tokara 2007 White ($24.95) – not the best value of the bunch but quite a tasty wine. This Sauvignon Blanc (85%) and Semillon (15%) aged in oak is creamy smooth with tropical, vanilla and citrus notes.
The Winery of Good Hope 2009 Pinot Noir ($14.95) – another excellent value and a tasty specimen to boot. Nice raspberry and vanilla notes on the nose; this Pinot is more Californian (fruity) than Burgundian (earthy) with a South Africa twist to it. (****½)
Vinimark Boekenhoutskloof 2009 Porcupine Ridge Syrah ($14.95) – a nice peppery chocolate number with black fruit nuances. (****)
Keep your eyes open for …
Lammershoek has a new blend on the horizon, a Chenin / Viognier summer sipper with fresh fruit flavours that has the potential to blow you away both on the nose and palate. Now, I did say ‘summer sipper’, but you’ll have to wait till summer 2011 … I know I’ll be looking for it.