Not the cheapest nor the most expensive, but wines that Wine Master Allan Mullins really enjoys and would happily serve to discerning friends at dinner.
SADIE FAMILY WINES COLUMELLA 2008
Visionary winemaker, Eben Sadie, makes this internationally acclaimed Rhône-style blend from Shiraz and Mourvedre. Having tasted the barrels, I predict 2008 will be his best yet. But royalty doesn’t come cheap.
RUSTENBERG JOHN X MERRIMAN 2007
An irresistible Merlot-driven blend from Simon Barlow’s highly respected Stellenbosch winery. A juicy palate with a mellow berry and oak harmony.
THELEMA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2007
With characteristic mint and blackcurrant fruit on the nose and palate, Gyles Webb’s Cabernet Sauvignon has been a South African benchmark since its first release in 1988.
BOUCHARD-FINLAYSON GALPIN PEAK PINOT NOIR 2008
2008 was a great vintage for Peter Finlayson and his Pinot Noir. Well-ripened grapes have given this wine a deep, intense colour and the nose and palate shine with vibrant red berry fruit.
BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF SYRAH 2007
A five-star winner since Marc Kent’s legendary 1997 maiden release, this wine is often compared to the famous Côte-Rôtie reds from the Northern Rhône – high praise indeed.
WATERFORD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2007
Kevin Arnold’s charming Stellenbosch red offers mouthwatering black fruits, a sensuous palate and generous oaking, all in perfect balance.
KANONKOP PAUL SAUER 2007
With the 65 percent Cabernet Sauvignon laying a solid foundation and Cabernet Franc and Merlot adding richness and complexity, this is an iconic South African red blend.
MEERLUST RUBICON 2006
Another iconic wine – one of South Africa’s best-known
internationally. A similar blend to the Kanonkop, it drinks with a velvety sophistication.