Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Born in Malta but in Canada since age 5. Has written three books and presently does several columns about wine and food for various magazines.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

South Africa, Burgundy and Prosecco ---------a nice mix of wines!

South Africa
South Africa has the perfect climate for viticulture. Warm with dry cool breezes that hamper vine diseases and a reputation for making excellent wine. In addition there is a tendency to come up with some very interesting names.
Bombinate:  Ruby Red, clear with no particles, brilliant. Shiraz/Grenache blend 
Nose:  Cherry, touch of ripe strawberry, dark fruit such as plum and black raspberry
Palate: Medium to Full, berry flavours with pepper on the finish.
Rating: A nice wine with a nice future. 95/100   $34.00    


Pandiculation: Ruby Red, clear and brilliant Another Shiraz/Grenache blend.
Nose: Intense ripe cherry, pepper, raspberry, some flora notes.   
Palate: Full, round and integrated.  Nicely balanced. Pepper on finish.
Rating: Truly liked this one that comes with a good price $21.95 and a good example of a Rhone style wine.             94/100

Aquiver:  Lemon Yellow White, clear and brilliant
Nose: Clean, fresh citrus, passion fruit, peach and herbal/floral notes
Palate: Medium body, well balanced wine giving a nice round mouthfeel.
Rating: While the major part of this is comprised of Chenin Blanc, the Sauvignon Blanc (10%) is what impressed me and it certainly shows itself.   
At $19.95 a good buy!          93/100

Susurrous: Yellow White with green tinge, brilliant
Nose: Clean and fresh with peach and white fruit. Once again, herbal qualities of Sauvignon Blanc comes through. The Grenache adds its own lemony presence but even with its 10% the Sauvignon does demand its presence. Interesting wine.
Palate: light to Medium with refreshing acidity.   $32.00             92/100    


Monthelie: Ruby Red, clear and brilliant     2016          *(Tasted Previously)
Nose: Pinot Noir all the way with floral notes, tobacco, red fruit
Palate: Medium, with accessible tannin and a bit of refreshing acid on finish
Rating: When I first tasted this wine. I found it a great example of a reasonably priced Burgundy and rated it 91/100. This wine has seemed to improve since. $34.95          95/100

ERA Prosecco White Sparkling, Small Bubbles Vintages  #13835 
Nose: Floral nose with citrus, green apple and pear
Palate: Light and easy with refreshing acidity---somewhat reflective of the Botter Prosecco tasted at an earlier period. Pleasing finish.
Rating: I loved this wine since the price ($17.95) makes a well-crafted wine that does not burn the pocket book.  Great value for summer sipping!   95/100