Tag Archives: South Africa

Karma Lion NV Vinho Espumante

Lot 18, $18.49


Aaron: This isn’t super complex, but it tastes pretty good.  Honey and melon on the nose, followed by a sweet, syrupy flavor.  There is more honey, plus brown sugar on the palate with some peach, making this super easy drinking.  90 points

Teri: Sweet peach and red apple with an almost ‘sticky’ mouth feel. This sparkling wine is good but on the sweeter side. Not too complex. Fruity. 89 points. 

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Ngumu Western Cape Chenin Blanc South Africa 2014

Ngumu WinePurchased from Splash Wines

Vivino Profile


Aaron: Trippy name which took me a while to pronounce – I consider this foreshadowing because the wine took a while to grow on me.  This had a nutty nose with white and yellow butter however the flavor was harsh and bitter a first.  After this initial taste a wave of salty ocean water and oysters crashed over grapefruit and ultimately left a creamier, cantaloupe linger.  89 points

Teri: With a light peachy nose and more ‘industrial flavors’ on the finish, I think this wine goes better with some food then something to enjoy on its own. Extremely fruit forward with flavors of stone fruit, dried apricot, and a hint of must at the end including some rubber and mineral tastes. I couldn’t tell if this was better or the same after it had a little time to aerate, but nothing special stood out to me with this bottle. 88 points 

Radford Dale Chardonnay 2011

Radford Dale Chardonnay 2011The Winery of Good Hope Website

Purchased off of Splash Wines


Aaron:  I really liked this one.  Melon and beechwood along with sand and some banana made for a unique nose and the flavor was full and creamy.  White and yellow stone fruits are pleasant flavors while a hint of citrus sneaks in at the end.  The taste is mostly in the back, roof of your mouth and lingers for a good while.  91 points

Teri: South Africa is a great up and coming region for wines. This Chardonnay has a mixture of floral and vegetable flavors on the nose. The wine tastes quite different from the smell; flavors of green apple, lychee, and smooth butter and cream on the finish. A great blend of fruit and cream with a medium body and bright acidity but not overwhelming. 90 points 

 

Spier Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Total Wine & More, $8.99
Spier Winery Website

Aaron:  The Spier Sauvignon Blanc was noticeably creamy in my opinion.  Tropical fruits of mango overpowered a bright, sweet fruit smell.  Strawberries and pineapple rounded out the flavor and though a little tart this wasn’t bad; pair it with a white fish.  89 points

Teri: This Sauvignon Blanc carries the traditional crisp characteristics of this varietal. I smelled grapefruit and citrus with light flavors of lemon, herbs, and a slight hint of peach in the taste. The flavors evolve slowly in your mouth then dissipate slowly. South African wines are slowly earning their way into the American wine market and this one is a worthy competitor. 87 points 

Goats do Roam Red 2010

Cost Plus World Market, $7.48
Total Wine & More, $6.99
BevMo, 2008 Vintage $7.99

Aaron:  First off, I don’t know who came up with this name, but they’re a genius because goats actually do roam … (hopefully my sarcasm and lack of excitement about the name came through to the reader).  Skeptical though I was, I am glad we tried this South African wine.  It had a slightly earthy smell but plenty of fruit and a great body.  There was no spice (surprisingly) but moderate tannins and was pretty easy to drink.  91 points

Teri:  This bottle is a very interesting talking piece to bring to a party. A woody smell complements the slight spice and oak nodes on the finish. The body is smooth with a mix of black cherry, blackberry, and oak with silky tannins. Distinct flavors from the South African growing region. 90 points