Today I had a quick tasting of a few new vintages from S. Africa, plus a great inexpensive wine from Argentina.
Indaba Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape, 2009
Brand new arrival from the land below - second or third official 09 I have had. Pale as can be. Bright, clean aromatics on the nose with grassy, green pea notes typical of SA SBs. Fresh and minerally, almost chalky on the palate. Finishes dry and snappy with some good citrus and floral tones and more chalk.
Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rose Coastal Region, 2009
Really bright cherry red color. Fresh aromatics of cherry / strawberry fruit. Dry and tangy on the palate with a medium-long finish. Very tasty wine.
Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon Robertson, 2007
This wine is such a steal. Dark as can be. Bold, almost smoky dark fruits. Smooth and juicy across the palate with a medium-long finsh. At about a $7 retail this is one of the best buys going, period.
Rustenberg John X Meriman Stellenbosch, 2006
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec. A classic Cape Blend using the Bordeaux-five. Deep color with just a touch of fade on the edges indicating some time in wood (21 months in French, in fact). Bold aromas of plum and black fruits with some spice from the wood. Smooth on the palate with more blackberries and spice. Long-ish finish that is dry and balanced with some supple tannins.
Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza, 2007
For a $7 bottle this wine delivers. Smooth and soft across the palate, it has great dark fruits and a long-ish finish that really are usually found on much more expensive wines. Trumpeter makes very good wines across its line-up - look for them in Cab and other flavors, too.