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From complex Cabernet Sauvignon and superb Syrah, from charming Chenin Blanc to vivid, expressive Sauvignon Blanc, the best of South African wines draw their flavors from the country’s various terroirs. Combine a moderate Mediterranean-like climate and distinctive and varied topography with the oldest soils of any winegrowing region, and you have the conditions in which to create such wines of unique character and complexity. South African wines seemingly effortlessly bridge the gap between the elegance and restraint of the old world and fruit-driven character of the new.

 
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2010 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon South Africa 2010 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon South Africa
Excelsior’s vineyards are characterized by calcareous clay soils. These limestone-rich soils are well drained, which allows the vines to stress, resulting in small, concentrated berries. Fermented in stainless steel, just over ⅓ of the wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak for 18 months before bottling. Crimson red in color; lovely aromas suggestive of cassis and violet and fleshy ripe grape; medium-bodied with a nice polished palate feel, this one holds it shape on the tongue, at once both fresh and vibrant, toothsome and satisfying. And, by all means, note the price. This is simply superb value!
$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case

2011 Indaba Chenin Blanc Western Cape 2011 Indaba Chenin Blanc Western Cape
Grapes were sourced from select vineyard sites in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Swartland, characterized by soils of Table Mountain sandstone and decomposed Dolomite granite. Approximately 70% of the vines are low-yielding dry farmed bush vines, with an average age of 20+ years. A small component hails from 54 year old bush vines. Come hither aromas suggestive of ripe pear, crisp apple flesh and apple peel and honeycomb oozing with apple blossom honey; juicy and round on the tongue with excellent intensity of flavor of ultra fresh, vibrant fruit in perfect balance with bright acidity.
$7.99 the bottle  $81.48 the case


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