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An exotic nose of spicy fine berry fruits leads to a concentrated palate, showing seductive, rich chocolatey fruit. Intense ruby red. Complex flavors with fruit and well-integrated peppery, spicy toasted oak flavors. A full-bodied wine with pleasant ripe tannins and a smooth lingering aftertaste.
Gold, Best Buy, 2010 World Wine Competition:
"Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of cherry creme brulee, nuts, minerals, and delicate herbs follow through on a supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with very good depth and smoothness. Finishes with a hint of roasted pepper, spice, and chewy balanced tannins. Very nicely styled; pair with pork tenderloins." (4/15/2010)
South Africa may seem like a new player in the wine world, but don’t be fooled. Because of apartheid, South African wines were unavailable throughout much of the rest of the world until trade sanctions were lifted in 1991.
However, with its perfect terroir (growing conditions), the country is capable of producing a wide range of wines. In a stunning turnaround, South Africa’s wine industry is one of the primary beneficiaries of the multi-racial democracy that has prevailed since 1994, so that it is now amongst the world’s top 10 wine producers.
Up until the early 1990's, red wines here were dominated by Bordeaux varietals. However, Shiraz is fast becoming one of South Africa's leading red wines. This Mediterranean varietal is incredibly well-suited to the Robertson region of South Africa, as it likes warm climates.
This South African red derives from one of the oldest wine farms in the Robertson region. Many excellent estates are located in this hot, dry region in the West Cape—including Rietvallei, a family-owned estate that has been crafting outstanding wines since 1864. Today the fifth and sixth generations of the Burger family actively run the estate.