South Africa wines. Do you know much about them? Are you like most of us who feel blurry and a little off-balance and out-of-focus when the subject of South African wine is mentioned? The wines of South Africa are more than just the classic chenin blanc and pinotage. Way more. Whole Foods and Wines of South Africa have teamed up to educate and promote the wines of the Southern Hemisphere and what a better way to learn about South African wines than a trip to South Africa? Whole Foods Wines of South Africa Win a Trip to South Africa contest runs until September 18th, get your entries in for the opportunity to spend 10 days in South Africa touring wine country.
Tonight Whole Foods is having a Wines of South Africa event on Twitter. Join in at 5pm Pacific/7pm Central/8pm Eastern to learn about South African wines. Join in, or follow along with the hastag #WFMwine. If you have the opportunity, pick up a bottle or two to taste along, here’s the line-up, and the Whole Foods pricing and tasting notes.
Protea Chenin Blanc $15
With fresh bursts of pear and vanilla on the nose, this light white greets the palate with lemon meringue and peach blossoms.
Indaba Sauvignon Blanc $10
These white has zippy flavors of grapefruit, lime and mango and a racy acidity while green fig shows in the grassy, mineral-tinged finish. A portion of the proceeds from sales goes to the Indaba scholarship, awarded to financially disadvantaged and academically deserving students to pursue wine-related studies.
DMZ Chardonnay $17
With aromas of citrus and tropical fruit, this clean and balanced white has nice minerals with a bright acidity and peach, pineapple and honeysuckle flavors. This well-balanced, creamy chardonnay is elegant and a little sassy with delicate hints of vanilla, caramel, nuts and toast. Fun fact: Speakers placed throughout the vineyards pipe baroque music to the vines 24 hours a day; the winemakers feel this encourages healthier, more robust fruit.
The Wolftrap Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier $11
With pepper, blackberry and floral notes up front, this red blend is smooth, soft and approachable with a lovely dense, silky finish.
Robertson Winery Cabernet Sauvignon $10
Rich with notes of ripe plum, mulberry and subtle cassis, soft tannins round out the smooth lingering finish.
Flagstone Dragon Tree $17
This cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and pinotage blend has a complex, heavenly nose of rich dark fruit and cigar box. This new-to-the-market red is well balanced on the palate and shows fresh, crisp acidity with a lingering finish of sweet and spicy undertones.
Bellingham Small Barrel S.M.V. $30
An alluring mosaic of berry, dark chocolate and violet notes, intense fruit shows in the long, graceful, velvety finish. To experience its true character, open at least an hour before drinking or store for years to come.
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