Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvée Brut

LCBO#: 556654
Price: $18.95
Made in: Tulbagh, South Africa
By: Twee Jonge Gezellen
Year: 2016

This South African bubbly gives out freshly crushed apple aromas and hints of honey. After breathing, raisin notes come out with hints of brown sugar and yeast. The dried raisins really show in the taste, over the apple notes. The yeast is well-hidden, and the mouthfeel a little dry, a slight wet. Does not linger too, too long. Nothing offensive, but if you are not into the raisin butter tarts, you might not like this one. If you are into something different, this is for you.

Rating: 3.7/5

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KWV The Vinecrafter Chenin Blanc

LCBO#: 18689
Price: $9.95
Made in: Western Cape, South Africa
By: KWV
Year: 2016

We always love to find a new KWV product at the LCBO, as it is always inexpensive, but worth so much more. This Chenin Blanc smells sweet with some tropical fruit hints. The grapes are sweet as well in the taste, but not syrupy at all, with some mild sourness. Nice crisp mouthfeel with a decent dry finish. Very easy to drink as always. Another great KWV product that helps the wallet and has no cheap problems.

Rating: 3.7/5

KWV Cathedral Cellar Brut

imageLCBO#: 296426
Price: $16.95
Made in: Western Cape, South Africa
By: KWV
Year: 2010

When we had the 2009 edition last year, it was full of oranges. It was good, but not great. This 2010 edition does not have the loads of oranges and seems better balanced. Citrus and honey in both aromas and taste. The nose also has sweet yeast, probably sugars and nice dry grapes, hints of apples. The mouth has a nice blend of sweet, sour and a dry bite. Much better balanced for sure than the last edition. Nothing too complex, but well worth the price.

Rating: 3.7/5

Rib Shack Red Vintage Blend

imageLCBO#: 392761
Price: $12.85
Made in: Western Cape, South Africa
By: DGB Wines
Year: 2014

Holy Moly this smells like candy ! Not complaining, but smells like those good bonbon that have a swirl of vanilla and berries. With time, this fake smell disappears and a blend of aromas of the wood chips, vanilla, burnt wood, berries and leather. The taste is mild at first, but gets stronger after breathing a while. A little dry and small tannins. Not as vanilla, not as fake. Lots of berries, lots of grapes. Seemed like an Australian wine at first, but finishes like a decent South African wine that is always good for the price. Just does not have a label like one.

Rating: 3.3/5

Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

imageLCBO#: 111526
Price: $11.95
Made in: Paarl, South Africa
By: Nederburg Wines

Debating between two inexpensive reds tonight (this one and the Radio Boka) found at the LCBO, and on special. Which one to buy more of to have on hand for the next year. This one being a Cabernet Sauvignon starts off with some tobacco scents and hints of leather over the red grapes. After breathing, this calms down and plums come out. This is the same for the taste. Decent sweetness with a little dryness in the finish. Both wines we will get more for the price, but this one is a notch up in ways of better wines. Will get even more of this one.

Rating: 3.8/5

Krone Vintage Rosé Cuvée Brut

20140209-161723.jpgLCBO#: 130047
Price: $22.95
Made in: Tulbagh, South Africa
By: House of Krone

This South African bubbly Rosé has a creamy head. You can smell the strawberries and when you approach it, the yeast. Eventually, hints of cherry come out. The sourness in the taste helps this. Berries and yeast balance everything. Overall, nothing offensive but a little mild and a little too sour, over the berry flavours. If you like the sourness, you will love this one.

Rating: 3.3/5

Graham Beck Brut Rosé

20130922-151835.jpgLCBO#: 175588
Price: $19.95
Made in: Western Cape, South Africa
By: Graham Beck Wines

This Sparkling Rosé is a blend of 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir. It also contains sulphites, milk, eggs and fish. Mild yeast aromas with some slight sweetness of strawberries and raspberries. Nicely balanced with a sweet start, but leading into a little sourness. A wet mouthfeel going into a mild dryness. Small yeast lingering. Everything is pretty well-blended, but everything is on the light side of things. Nice to try, but would not buy again for the price and where it comes from.

Rating: 3.4/5