Melanie's Wine Reviews

Melanie’s Wednesday Wines ~ June 20, 2007

Melanie Hoffman

2007 Bob’s, African Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape – South Africa ~ Wonderfully fruity nose of fresh fig and pear. A generous dose of grassy aromas with a touch of flint. Palate features bright citrus notes upfront with hints of pineapple mid-palate, and a long lingering finish of blood oranges. This wine has grilled chicken and grilled pineapple all over it, serve over wild rice. Try cooking your rice with half a package of dry Italian salad dressing seasoning. ~ $9.99

2007 Bob’s, African Chardonnay, Western Cape – South Africa ~ This chardonnay opens with an enjoyable green apple fragrance that leads way to a honey quality. A fragrant jasmine floral aroma and rose hips emanate pleasantly the more you swirl and sniff. The palate is streamlined with the bouquet, with a nice apricot finish that has a touch of a smoky attribute. Very clean and refreshing, not one of those over malolactic butter bombs. This Chardonnay paired with seared salmon topped with savory mango salsa will make your taste buds dance. ~ $9.99

2005 Bob’s, African Shiraz, Western Cape – South Africa ~ After a good swirl and sniff my initial response was “Oh! That’s a nice Shiraz.” Creamy, leathery, smoky nose with plenty of jammy raspberry fruit. A touch of maple brown sugar fragrance at the back end of the bouquet with hints of white pepper. The white pepper and raspberry qualities carry through to the easily approachable palate. Toasty oak and cocoa powder finish this tasty wine. Try braising your short ribs with this Shiraz, sip it while you cook and with the Shiraz braised short ribs, just make sure you get two bottles, you won’t want to run out. ~ $9.99

2006 Bob’s, African Pinotage, Western Cape – South Africa ~ If an aroma had a color, this one would be purple. Mulberry, cedar and toasty oak entice the senses. And you won’t be disappointed when you take your first sip. Rich, jammy blackberry fruit showcases itself in the soft accessible quaffer. Easy tannins and soft oak make this wine ever so much more enjoyable. The lingering finish leaves you longing for another taste. Try tonight with a hearty lamb and Yukon Gold potato stew, I’m salivating just thinking about it! ~ $9.99

2007 Bob’s, African Cabernet Sauvignon-Shriaz, Western Cape – South Africa ~ The jammy nose of this wine is intriguing, expressing smoky bacon and freshly ground espresso beans with a touch of sweet cream. The nicely exercised palate features juicy plums, cassis and a spicy black pepper quality. The finish rounds out with black cherry, soft oak and smooth coffee flavors. Savor this wine with a slow roasted pork loin topped with Portobello mushroom gravy. ~ $9.99


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