There is wine and then there is excellent wine! And, as everybody knows, an excellent wine delivers palate luxury and unadulterated pleasure. Our friend, Cape Wine Master and Editor of WineStyle magazine, Jenny Ratcliffe-Wright, presents her Top 10 premium Afropolitan wine list, which is available in South Africa now. So, whether you are stocking a quality cellar or simply enjoying the good life, you aren’t living until you’re sipping one (or all) of the following …
Vilafonté Series C R399
Series C takes its name from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc which predominantly defines the style of this wine. The Cabernet comes from the most potent blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cabernet Franc and displays hints of violet flowers, while the Merlot component gives this wine a velvety texture. The Series C style is a firm, powerful and concentrated wine, rich in fruits and blended for a long ageing. Simply a delicious wine that will put a smile on your face.
There is wine and then there is excellent wine! And, as everybody knows, an excellent wine delivers palate luxury and unadulterated pleasure.
MvemveRaats De Compostella R594
This wine is an exquisite blend of five Bordeaux grapes; Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot harmoniously composed, with not one dominant. Together these grapes have produced a rich wine with a deep, and intense ruby colour, showing a consistent and linear flavour profile. This wine is muscular and rich in minerals, black berry fruit, dark chocolate on the finish and a hint of cinnamon on the nose.
Boekenhoutskloof Syrah R420
This is a fresh and concentrated spicy fruit wine with texture, complexity and purity. It has white pepper on the nose, with arguably the most intense floral and mineral notes in the history of this wine. This opaque ruby wine shows luscious aromas of spicy black cherry, chocolate, blueberry and vanilla on the nose. It is full-bodied on the palate, with low-to-medium acidity, big sweet tannins and well-integrated alcohol. It is solid and silky on the middle palate leading to a long and smooth finish.
Cape Chamonix Reserve Pinot
This is a sumptuous Pinot Noir and the one which represents exceptional value for money when compared with other Pinots from around the world. The wine is richly textured, brimming with red and black fruits, but at the same time it is silky and elegant. Its spicy red fruit bouquet is instantly beguiling but the real pleasure comes from the palate. To emphasise the quality of its fruity and the velvety texture, it is best served a little cooler than most red blends.
Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage
This is a very complex wine with hints of red fruit flavours which reflects some Pinot Noir style. The wine also has a big, bold and ripe tannin structure. It has sweet, pure, ripe, elegant blackberry and blackcurrant fruits on the nose. The palate is fine, ripe, smooth and well defined with elegant cherry and berry fruits. The wine is supple and stylish with good structure, great concentration and fine but firm tannins.
Sadie Family Columella
This is a balanced wine with clear sweet fruity taste upfront and soft tannins, but it is low in acidity. The nose has blackberries, cassis, chocolate, coffee, oak and some herbs. The oak in this wine performs well even on the palate and on the nose. Unlike other local wines, this Columella is free from dirt, burnt rubber and volcanic ash. This wine was made by one of South Africa’s most respect and high profile winegrower, Eben Sadie.
Shannon Mount Bullet Merlot
The textured richness of the tannins and beautiful balance between acid and fruit in this wine makes it more international in style. When tasting for the first time most people are amazed to find that it is 100% Merlot. The wine is juicy with good concentration, and it has black fruits, firm amount of good oak, some pleasant spices, a little sweetness, good acidity and soft tannins. Bullet Merlot is a nice wine with elegance and as well as complexity.
Chateau Naude Le Vin De Francois
This wine is a superb example of power and elegance with great maturation ability. It has a dark and intense ruby colour with a touch of purple on the rim and ripe juicy flavours. On the nose it has dark and red berries, black cherry and sweet spices, all intertwined with subtle cigar box notes. The palate is rich and concentrated with flavours of ripe plums, blackcurrant and stewed fruit, supported by firm ripe tannins that carry the wine into a long and lingering aftertaste.
Waterford the Jem
This is an intensively structured wine, expressing the depth and classic power of Cabernet Sauvignon. The high level of Shiraz and Malbec in this wine adds density and softens the taste, making its finish dry and refreshing on the palate due to Cabernet franc and Sangiovese. The Jem is an expression of the Helderberg - Stellenbosch terroir. The wine has been grown and crafted to show a combination of fruit and spices on aroma, with elegantly layered tannins to enhance the flavour and finish.
Rust en Vrede 1694
This wine shows beautiful weight and length, leaving you with a lasting impression. It is a powerful wine, offering intensity and its smooth, seamless integration with raspberry flavours filters through on the palate. It has coffee and dark chocolate aromas, dominated by hints of sweet vanilla. The wine has well integrated tannins that give it a full mouth feel with a lingering finish.