Recommendation: A good value and a “not bad” red from South Africa.
Winery/Producer: Rickety Bridge Winery; Franschhoek, South Africa.
Grape Variety: Rhône-style blend: 38% Shiraz, 23% Cinsaut, 20% Mourvèdre, 9% Tannat, 8% Grenache and 2% Viognier.
Geographic Region, Appellation: Western Cape, South Africa.
Price: $11.89 ($6.70 in South Africa)
Purchased From: Wine Merchant, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: Sipping with pretzels.
He said: Dark Ruby red color. Damp earth, leather and dark fruit aromas. Rich, full body, with lots of mouth filling taste. Lots of fruit and leather flavors in the finish. A tad sweet, fantastic bouquet, powerful flavors and a slightly harsh finish…it’s a “Not Bad” bargain red from South Africa. Recently we’ve been drinking “Red blends from California” that retail for about the same price and compared to those; this is MUCH better. Not fine wine, but a good value and a “not bad” red from South Africa. It’s drinking experience would be greatly improved if we were sitting at the vineyard in the spectacular South African landscape!!!
She said: We had this as a sipping wine which signaled to me that it was not a fine wine so I was delightfully surprised. The wine was dark red, opaque, and had thin closely space zippy legs. The bouquet is complex with flavors of leather, smokiness and fruit blending in a lovely mix. On the palate the wine is very fruity, a bit sweet, slightly harsh, and full bodied. The finish is long but too sweet for my taste. At $11 it is a bargain wine and considerably better than the sweet California reds.
Comments: We had this wine at a Rickety Bridge Winery tasting at the Wine Merchant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and picked this as the one we thought was the “Best Red”. See also the one we selected as the “Best White” (Rickety Bridge Chenin Blanc 2014).
Bar code: 6 007738 000078
Imported by: Rickety Bridge Winery; High Point, North Carolina.