The Beach House Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010

Most people aren’t fans of either Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon, this wine won’t change their minds.
Made from 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon in South Africa (Cape Coastal Region)
Tip: chill well
At a Glance
Taste gooseberry, lemongrass, bitter citrus
Smell green apple, gooseberry, lemongrass
Food sushi, crab, shrimp
Sweetness off dry
Price $9.95
LCBO# 122390

KWV Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Well there isn’t a huge story behind this bottle but it is a good easy drinking wine for a weekday evening.
Put this bottle in the fridge for 20 minutes before opening
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste cherry, cedar, cigar
Smell cedar, cherry, plum
Food grilled red meats, medium cheeses
Sweetness dry
Price $10.00
LCBO# 22004

Two Oceans Pinot Noir 2007

This value pinot from Two Oceans from South Africa is a pretty good find as far as value pinots go.  The medium to light body is a nice change from the typical big reds we often find ourselves drinking by default.
You may taste some subtle spice such as cinnamon/clove.
Tip: tulip glass, chilled
At a Glance
Taste smoky, cedar, ripe red berry
Smell strawberry, smoky, cherry
Food pasta primavera, hamburgers
Sweetness dry
Price $9.95
LCBO# 61598

Ubuntu Shiraz 2006

I’m trying to work out if this wine is popular to younger buyers due to it’s price point or the high alcohol content…maybe (probably) both.  Still, the wine is not a bad buy. It doesn’t however stick to the main characteristics of shiraz and I’m finding that new world wines (especially from South Africa) aren’t a fan of abiding by old (good/proper) standards. 2 stars as the night’s first bottle, 2.5 stars as the night’s second bottle.
What does Ubuntu mean? Ubuntu is an African word meaning ‘Humanity to others’, or ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste black cherry, tangy oak, light spice
Smell raspberry jam, cedar, vanilla
Food bbq ribs
Sweetness dry
Price $9.45
LCBO# 665281

Obikwa Shiraz 2007

Let this value priced shiraz open up for about 20 minutes before drinking. Once mellowed, you’ll find it quite palatable and very food friendly.
Not a whole lot to report back about, this bottle is your run of the mill – not bad – decent value – South African shiraz. If you’re running in and out of the wine shop to pickup a picnic red, give it an extra half star.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste plum, spice, blackberry
Smell red fruit, spice, cassis
Food vegetarian lasagna
Sweetness dry
Price $9.50
LCBO# 527499

KWV Chenin Blanc

This wine gets it high score for two main reasons.  1. Value 2. It’s not Chardonnay!  Whoa, hold your angry emails until you read the rest. As we’ve stated many times sometimes you want a white wine that doesn’t carry the typical big bad Chardonnay character, overwhelming your meal at every sip.
This dark horse out of Sourth Africa is a very pleasant, easy drinking white on a hot summer day.  Excellent fruit and floral balance.  Clean and crisp on the palate and amiable to most foods.  So far this summer it has become the white house wine, and at under $10 a bottle, how can you go wrong?
Tip: Keep and eye out for value priced South African white wines – you’ll be pleasantly surprised (most of the time)
At a Glance
Taste green apple, pear, melon
Smell grass, straw, candied pineapple
Food light summer salad
Sweetness dry
Price $7.95
LCBO# 18689
Chenin Blanc

Goats Do Roam Goat-Roti 2005

Alright, I think these guys are taking the whole goat theme a bit too far, considering they already tapped that well with the Goats do Roam bottle. I picked up this bottle because the aforementioned wine wasn’t a bad value, this generation did not follow suit as well as I’d hoped.
For a new world wine, especially from South Africa, I almost expect a lesson on the back label about the varietal (shiraz, viognier), but rather find myself reading a novel about…what else….elder goats.
Tip: chill more than usual for a shiraz.  If you have this bottle, drink it in 2010 (it should be at least a 2.5 by then)
At a Glance
Taste plum, tar, licorice
Smell plum, blueberry, licorice
Food anything bbq
Sweetness extra dry
Price $19.80
LCBO# 943175

Kumala Chenin Blanc Chardonnay 2007

Being deep in the summer heat means looking for something smooth and refreshing. Exploring whites under the $10 mark is always interesting. While I don’t usually gravitate to a chardonnay this blend offers something with a little more depth than the usual Chenin Blanc.
South Africa is really starting to show it’s potential in the table wine category as well as premium offerings. If your having a robust summer snack, grab a bottle with a little bit of body like this one.
Tip: chill really well
At a Glance
Taste honeydew, grass, citrus
Smell green apple, hint of citrus, straw
Food roasted garlic hummus
Sweetness dry
Price $8.70
LCBO# 572867
Kumala logo

Morgenhof Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2007 blind tasted this wine and admittedly, it gave us a little trouble. We poked around Chardonnay, Viognier but couldn’t nail it at first. Once the wine had warmed up a few degrees it was instantly clear that it was Sauvignon Blanc. Just another reminder to take your whites out of the fridge a few minutes before drinking to get the full effect.
This was a really well balanced Sauvignon from South Africa. Would have liked to tasted a little bit more of an edge like some others, but overall, great smells and flavors.
Tip: pull it out of the fridge 15 minutes before serving
At a Glance
Taste grapefruit, orange, grass
Smell grass, gooseberry, citrus
Food tapas
Sweetness dry
Price $12.95
LCBO# 18507
Mogenhof Bottle

Goats do Roam 2006

Before trying this wine, I’ve never seen a blend composed of so many different grapes before. The LCBO calls it a ‘very popular blend-o-rama’ and Fairview has made it work.
This vintage is a blend of primarily Shiraz (50%) and Pinotage (20%) with Cinsaut (10%), Mourvèdre (10%), Grenache (5%) and Carignan (5%)
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste red plum, pepper
Smell medium red fruit, light spice, oak
Food burgers
Sweetness dry
Price $13.85
LCBO# 718940