The House Wine Please

The House Wine Please

Posted on Sep, 16. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

Today’s wine is an inexpensive South African dynamic duo. These wines hit the C-ville market pretty hard and I don’t think there is a shop in town that is not currently carrying or featuring them. I have even stocked them at Rev Soup.

I have been slow to offer them out here because of the magic that crazy French wine has for me. I had to get a few out over the last week and I hope everyone who picked up on the Red Basque Wine and The Besson Burgundy feel as strongly as I do about the necessity of having these wines.

And yet there is a large place in my heart for the well made, inexpensive, everyday drinking bargain wine that are really just delicious all the way through to the last glass of the bottle. There is nothing more exciting really, especially in these times, than an under $6 wine that truly excites you.

Fran Kysela of Kysela Pere & Fils came by a few weeks ago on a meet and great of all his Charlotteville clientele. He had a large line up of wines which a large group of us were here to taste. Of all the Rhones, the high end New Zealand and S. African wines these little babies really offered out the best QPR. More than that, I think they left the strongest impression on all of us not only because of the price point they hit but they really are outstandingly well made wines.

There are two in the line up, a Chenin Blanc and a Shriaz/Cab blend, one white and one red. The winery is called The Royal:

Royal is produced at Riebeek Cellars, established in 1941 and situated in Riebeek Kasteel at the foot of Bothma’s Kloof Pass. This medium-sized winery on the western coast of the Cape Province of South Africa sources its grapes from the fertile Riebeek Valley and the slopes of the mountain where the climate is very similar to the Mediterranean. Through the years as vineyard practices developed, cultivars were planted in soil and at slopes best suited to them. These well-tended vineyards enable the production of high quality wines which makes Riebeek Cellars the choice of wine buyers internationally. Well-known both in South Africa and abroad, Riebeek Cellars manages a variety of brands for various countries.

The Chenin Blanc is not really what I would identify as Chenin Blanc but as I enjoy more and more South African Chenin I am learning not to compare them to French Chenin at all for it truly is a different flavor and wine really. This one is much more similar to the Morgenhoff Chenin that so many of you loved recently. A fuller body with good fruit, no oak, crisp and balanced and not over done. Generally speaking I would say it had the body and dryness of a Chardonnay with a flavor profile all of its own.

The Shiraz/Cab was restrained which is the first thing I hope for in a Southern Hemisphere wine. It had good solid, varietal fruit (ie. you could tell what it was by the flavor) and a good tannic back bone. Medium in body but masculine in flavor this was a great Red to have for any occasion.

There is little more I can say, I would have been happy with these wines up to $12 a bottle. I highly recommend this to any one for the Holidays, large gatherings, gifts, office parties. Heck look at the price, it is just a goods wine to have for anything that requires large amounts of wine, for me that is my dinner table. Bon Appetite!

2009 The Royal, Chenin Blanc
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $5.50 • Premier Cru: $5.75 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $7.99
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2009 The Royal, Shiraz/Cab
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $5.50 • Premier Cru: $5.75 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $7.99
Buy Now!

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