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The Bernard Series – Basket Press Syrah (Episode 194 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we taste another Shiraz or Syrah from the Cape of South Africa.

This time we try The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah.

Compared to the wine we tasted in part one we really enjoyed this one full of flavour, just the right balance of alcohol tannins and fruit – thoroughly recommended!

In terms of price this wine cost £14.25 at the time of writing and is available from Sainsbury’s.

 

 

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Stella Organics Star Catcher Shiraz (Episode 194 Part 1)

In this episode, we taste Shiraz wine from South Africa.

In this, the first part of the episode, we taste an organic Shiraz, the Stella Organics Star Catcher.

Grown on the semi-arid landscape of the Western Cape the grapes are subjected to the hot midday sun followed by chilly nights helping to give the wine it’s taste profile.

The wine has a little purple in it’s colour.

On the nose, it smells of Cherries and John M detected some blackcurrant.

On the taste, the blackcurrant was not so obvious but the cherry was still very much there.

John M felt the wine was slightly light which made it “juicy” but not a wine to sit down to and enjoy, more of a wine to enjoy while chatting to friends.

 


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BeefSteak South African Wellington Malbec (Episode 151)

In this episode, we taste a South African Malbec from the BeefSteak Stable of wines selected for their compatibility with, you guessed it, Steak!

This wine has a very promising nose but whilst a very nice wine, it doesn’t have that wow factor. It has a great instant taste but is disappointing in terms of the length or put another way time that the tastes lasts.

 

 

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Nederburg South African Cabernet Sauvignon (Episode 119 Part 3)

In the last part of this episode where we taste three Cabernet Sauvignon wines from South Africa, we taste a Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon.

First impressions on the eye are good although on the nose it did not quite seem like a Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, we thought it has a nose more akin to Pinot Noir.

The taste, however, was much more representative of a Cabernet Sauvignon. certainly the best of the trio!

The price is £5.75

 

 

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Stormhoek South African Cabernet Sauvignon (Episode 119 Part 2)

We taste another Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa, this time a Stormhoek.

This second wine has much more to it and has much more length.

This wine is easily recognised as a Cabernet Sauvignon, if slightly light in taste.

The price for this wine is £7.50.

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Morrisons South African Cabernet Sauvignon (Episode 119 Part 1)

In this first part of this of three tastings of Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa, we taste an own brand from the supermarket Morrisons.

So what did we think of it?

Slightly disappointing for its price of £7.00

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South African Budget Pinot Noir (Episode 116 Part 2)

In the 2nd part of this episode, we taste a budget Pinot Noir from South Africa.

This wine, 56 Hundred 2017 Pinot Noir. The 56 Hundred name honours the founder of the vineyard, Philippus Wolvaart who paid 5,600 Guilders for the land that was to become his vineyard.

A very refreshing Pinot Noir and exception value at £4.30!

 


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Tasting a Helderberg Winery – Sauvignon Blanc (Episode 94 Part 3)

In the last part of this Episode where we are tasting Sauvignon Blancs from South Africa, we taste a wine produced by Helderberg Winery available from M&S in the UK.

The taste of this wine was a delicious example of a Sauvignon Blanc and could certainly be drunk on it’s own,

We gave this one a great score of 80!

 

This wine nudged the quality we experienced in the Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand which can be found at: –

Introduction:- https://youtu.be/neLUkkJekFQ

Part 1 : – https://youtu.be/6slRJ6Jsrgw

Part 2:- https://youtu.be/F_EDbLeUeHQ

Part 3: – https://youtu.be/k0XGyKFl_6s

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Tasting Porcupine Ridge, South African Sauvignon Blanc (Episode 94 Part 2)

In the 2nd part of this episode, where we are tasting South African Sauvignon.

In this part, we taste a Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, which is available at several retail outlets in the UK including Sainsburys

This Sauvignon Blanc smelt (had the nose – if you prefer) more like you would expect a Sauvignon Blanc to smell and indeed the taste was more what John would expect from Sauvignon Blanc.

In fact, this wine was good enough to just enjoy it on its own without food.

 

 

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