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Simonsig Tiara 2010

Simonsig Tiara 2010

A smoldering Bordeaux-blend, the 2010 Simonsig Tiara is a gripping tale—with rising, writhing notes of singed black cherries, mulberries, and blackberries couched in gamey, meatier tones of bacon fat, creosote, scorched earth, and wind-blown dust. It's terroir-driven, an expression that can only be South African—that captivating wildness that explodes and yet, has a kind of pent-up and dignified restraint that holds on, till it crests in a spice-laden finish. 14.7% ABV | Sample Simonsig 9.3 Points...

Quinta Essentia Chenin Blanc 2015

Quinta Essentia Chenin Blanc 2015

A surprise wine, tasted while visiting Betz Family Winery—sold in 2011 to Steve and Bridgit Griessel, a South African couple. In light of the unique partnership between the two families, such a collaboration is possible. The Quinta Essentia Chenin Blanc quivers with decadent aromas of baked yellow apple, banana chips, dried pineapple, lemon curd, orange blossom and honeycomb. There is glycerol and body on the palate, and yet, there is an ethereal aspect to it too, made lighter by a spine of lively acid. 13.9% ABV | Sample Quinta Essentia Winery 9.2 Points...