Solms Koloni 2007, Western Cape South Africa 

Boys and Girls, Let’s Play “Stump the Wine Geek”! No matter how wine geeky your Brother in Law / Boss / Tasting Group buddies are THIS is probably going to be an eye opener for them: Riesling (73%) and two clones of Muscat are “strangled” on the vine by applying strong clamps which cut the bunches off from further nutrition and leaves them to desiccate before harvest. The result is a sort of Amarone like WHITE: It is hearty, very aromatic, BONE DRY and builds strong bodies twelve ways….cheers! VERY Limited…and a STEAL!

 

Solms Wijn de Caab Amalie 2006, Western Cape South Africa  

“Fragrant and slightly exotic?” Check! “Great value for money?” Double Check! With 55% fragrant Viognier for tropical aromatics and 45% Grenache Blanc for structure, this is extremely versatile. Made at a winery with roots back to the late 1600’s. Limited. There’s a nice Rhone variety red blend from this winery as well…try’em both!

 

Slent Farms Chardonnay Ayama 2006, Paarl South Africa 

Slent Farms Sauvignon Blanc Ayama 2006, Paarl South Africa 

This property was settled in 1685 by French immigrant Martin Pouisson, was a multipurpose farm for several centuries with his decendents. It was recognized as a game preserve in the 1990’s as quite a bit of the land is set aside to promote biodiversity and is home to grey duiker, grysbok, steenbok, porcupine, bat-eared and Cape foxes, caracal and scrub hares. In 2005 the property was acquired by a small group of Italian friends who now produce wine, olive oil and plums there.

The Chardonnay is VERY dry with good minerality perfect for Pacific Rim cuisine or any seafood dish. The Sauvignon Blanc is NOT grassy or herbal and has a softer finish…just the thing for Thai, Mariscos or other spicy dishes.