Thursday, April 16, 2009
SEBEKA CAPE BLEND 2007
Every now and again, I manage to find a KILLER value in wine. Usually, I find those values in some fairly uncommon regions, but this time, I find one from a place not so uncommon to me, and after you taste it, it shouldn't be uncommon to you anymore. The place is South Africa's Western Cape, and the wine is the Sebeka Shiraz Pinotage "Cape Blend" 2007. This blending of South Africa's signature grape, Pinotage, with Shiraz, actually creates a red blend that marries the best that both have to offer separately, yet deletes all the negatives, yielding a wine that is serious about its fruit character, with juicy black cherry and jammy blackberry notes, along with hints of white pepper, hickory smoke, red currant and slight minerality that gives you balance, velvety presence on the palate, and a smooth finish that would lend itself to any type of cuisine. The Grade: OUTSTANDING. The Mojo: This wine is a serious best buy, clocking in under $6 a bottle (on sale here for $5.98) - that is ridiculous. I highly recommend buying this by the case.