This post features some wineries I have tried for the first time.
Straw coloured with medium-light intensity. Oak slightly dominates the nose (I like this style) followed by tropical fruit, citrus, butter and toast. Good balance with good mouthfeel. The flavours echo the nose. Pleasing flavours linger on the finish. Perfect glass of wine to have while cooking dinner.
2014 Pinotage (Rock Opera)
Garnet red with medium-deep intensity. Aromas of plum, spice, dark berries and vanilla on the nose. Good balance with soft ripe tannins (helped by 15 months in barrel). The palate shows bright red fruit, berries, cherries and plum followed by a medium-plus finish.
2013 Pinot Noir (Shadow Mountain)
Garnet red with deep intensity. Spice, earth, plum, ripe dark cherries and cocoa powder on the nose. Good balance. The flavours follow the nose. A medium-plus finish with slightly grippy tannins. This wine has a lot of extraction and depth reminiscent of a California style pinot noir.
Garnet red with medium-deep intensity. The nose shows aromas of spice, dark berries, plum, vanilla, toast, earth and smoke. Good balance with medium-plus body and smooth ripe tannins. Ripe dark berries, vanilla, spice and smoke on the palate followed by a medium finish.
$22.60 (at the time of purchase)
Garnet/black with deep intensity. Aromas of plum, dark berries, smoke, leather, cedar and cocoa on the nose. Well balanced with smooth ripe tannins. The flavours mirror the nose followed by a medium-plus finish. Nicely aged and good for another 3+ years.
(All photos, except as noted – Sam Hauck)