Can you believe we are already up to the 6th installement of Lenn's Wine Blogging Wednesdays? And who better to host a WBW#6: South African Reds than our very own Jeanne of Cook Sister!, a South African herself.
Although I've drank plenty of good Pinotage in the past I could not locate my tasting notes in any of my wine journals. So, after a refresher on South Africa's wines regions and researching a few of my wine books I went shopping for something new, just for Jeanne.
The challenge was finding South African reds in my area that followed Jeanne's guidelines and did not have critters on the label. Thankfully, after hitting a couple stores and choosing between a few wine makers I could use, I found one bottle to take home with me to supplement something I already had at hand.
Just as expected, this particular wine was not meant to impress me. I'm afraid Leonetti and Northstar have forever spoiled me for Merlot and the only place I could think of for this juice was in a slow cooked Boeuf à la Bourguignonne with Kumquats and Persimmon that we had for dinner yesterday.
Normally, I go for a lush Bordeaux--or even a meaty and peppery Shiraz, but since the bottle was opened it had to be used up.
Sure, it was semi-quaffable for very little moolah ($10.99) but it just did not move me the way only a very few and far superior Merlots can do. It was thin, showing some chocolate and cherry flavors with a slightly hot and smoky backbone. No real finish.
This wine is a standard offering vintage after vintage at local wine departments and even though I am sure it is pretty popular with some it is just not something I would want to recommend if only because life is to short for average wine and there are so many, better wines out there to try, from South Africa and the rest of the world.