Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Monthly Picks: August - WOSA

For August's monthly wine picks post we're showcasing a few wines from South Africa. If you're not familiar with the well-priced wines of the Rainbow Nation, look for in-store tastings and special discounts in 60 BC Liquor Stores throughout BC from August 5th to September 1st.



Nederburg Wines 2012 Winemaster's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - $13
Few Cabernet Sauvignon in the under $15 category produce as pleasant a nose as the Nederburg Winemaster's Reserve does. Vibrant blackberry, nibs candy and vanilla-coke aromas are supported by an even blanket of sweet, oak spice and blooming flowers.
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Thelema Mountain Vineyards 2011 Sutherland Sauvignon Blanc - $14
This South African Sauvignon Blanc opens with a generous nose of crab apple, honeydew and lemon curd aromas. Pleasantly rich, thanks to extended lees contact, coating your palate with juicy melon flavours before the tangy citrus fruit and cool mineral elements cut through, leaving the finish dry with lingering citrus peel and spice notes.
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Flagstone 2012 Longitude - $14
Vibrantly intense, dark and red fruit aromas and fresh, Chocolate Mint notes greet you on the nose of this well-priced, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec blend (50%, 30% and 20%, respectively) from the Western Cape.
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KWV Winery 2011 Roodeberg - $14
The middleweight palate offers an easy-drinking profile of ubiquitous 'dark red fruit' and sweet oak, licorice and light spice flavours. Not overly complex or long, but decent balance and good "drinkability", especially for the under $15 price-point.
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The Painted Wolf Wines 2012 The Den Cabernet Sauvignon - $15
Bursts out of the glass with attractive blackberry, cassis, cola, menthol and oak aromas. Palate offers similar, juicy flavours until a wave of wild berry acidity floods the fruit, lightening the body, creating more of a middleweight Cabernet, better suited for spicy stews and leaner meats, than for thick, marbled steaks.
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Graham Beck Wines 2011 The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - $19
Over-delivers for the price with a uniquely South African Cabernet Sauvignon blend of smoky incense, mocha and spicy plum fruit aromas on the feminine nose. Acid is quite fresh, keeping the mouth feel vibrant and alive, while graphite tannins help frame the fruit and add some structure. Finish is balanced, but moderate in length.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Try This, Cellar That - South African Cab Sauv

This week we feature Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa:

Try This...

Graham Beck Wines 2011 The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - $18
Over-delivers for the price with a uniquely South African Cabernet Sauvignon blend of smoky incense, mocha and spicy plum fruit aromas on the feminine nose. Acid is quite fresh, keeping the mouth feel vibrant and alive, while graphite tannins help frame the fruit and add some structure. 
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Nederburg Wines 2011 Manor House Cabernet Sauvignon - $19
Offers a pleasing mixture of ripe berry fruit, mocha, smoky oak and allspice aromas. The palate has a hint of residual sugar, thus, not truly 'dry', and the fruit from the nose takes a back seat to the smoky oak and mineral flavours on offer while smooth, mannered tannins mingle with wild berry acidity adding structure. A refreshingly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon for the under $20 price-point and one with which you can easily afford to experiment with mid-to-long term cellaring to reveal mature Cabernet flavours and further tannin integration.
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 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2014 IconWines.ca

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Try This, Cellar That - BC Cabernet Franc

This week we feature BC Cabernet Franc:

Try This...

Cassini Cellars 2011 Cabernet Franc - $29
Cabernet Franc opens with a perfumed, instantly enjoyable nose of blackberry, black plum, violet and Christmas cake aromas. The dry palate that follows is medium bodied with similar fruit and savoury flavours offering excellent continuity from the nose. Ready to go now with several years of enjoyment ahead.
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Cellar That...

Church and State Wines 2011 Cabernet Franc - $25
After 2 hrs of decanting, this youthful Cabernet Franc will begin to reveal sweetened pot-pourri and crushed fresh flower notes which float delicately above the blueberry, black cherry and vanilla aromas. Despite the brightness of the fruit, the finish is long and measured with lingering, grippy tannins and dusty cocoa powder. Another year+ of bottle age will do nicely.
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 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2014 IconWines.ca