Ohene Pinotage 2016

IMG_0978 2.jpgLot 18 / The Tasting Room, $16/bottle

Aaron:  This is a GREAT South African bottle.  The front is earthy but then transforms in your mouth to a rush of berries and black fruits.  The smell is allspice with cinnamon and the body is full and rounded.  This is easily one of the best bottles we’ve gotten from Lot 18 and an excellent value, particularly for a 2016.  I’m excited to see how this ages.  92 points

Teri: I didn’t have a chance to drink much of this bottle but what I did have was delicious. I agree with Aaron, this is one of the best bottles we have received from Lot 18.


Abalone NV Espumante

Lot 18 / The Tasting Room, $16

Aaron:  This is a great bottle for those looking for something sweet; maybe not the best for experienced wine drinkers.  There’s lots of bright green apple on the nose with some Himalayan rock salt.  The flavor was super sweet, like liquid candy and featured syrupy honey.  88 points

Teri: This sparkling doesn’t have much smell on the nose but an explosion of honey and apricot on the flavor that lingers in your mouth. Good amount of bubbles and a semi-sweet (not dry) flavor. This bottle is a great choice for those who like sweeter wines or would be a great choice with juice for mimosas. 89 points 


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. 

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