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More South African wines to try

I just finished my article on South African wines, which will appear in the Winter, 2007, edition of Pennsylvania's Wine Spirits Quarterly. Here are the reviews for the wines I tried for the article, along with the retail price in PA:

2004 Pecan Stream Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch ($10.99): This light-bodied white has a floral nose, along with crisp apples on the palate. Try it with pasta or chicken with cream sauce, or with soft cheeses and a fruit tray.

2004 Fairview Sauvignon Blanc ($11.49): A somewhat herbaceous aroma gives way to flavors of lime zest and gooseberry, along with good acidity and a mineral finish. Pair with a mixed greens salad with goat cheese and a light vinaigrette.

2004 Robertson Winery Pinotage ($9.99): Red berries are apparent on the nose, along with flavors of blackberry, smoke and a hint of nail polish. Goes well with beef, lamb and game dishes.

2003 Kanonkop Kadette ($13.99): This blend of Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (in roughly equal amounts) has a smoky, berry nose, and notes of rubber tires and blackberry on the palate. Try it with smoked meats or cheeses.

2002 Bilton Merlot ($20.99): A typical jammy Merlot aroma, with sour cherries and plums on the palate, along with a tart finish. Drink with chicken or tomato-based dishes.