A Wine Lover’s Weekly Guide To $10 Wine – Another Cabernet Sauvignon Signed South Africa

I have been reviewing $10 wines for over four years. I have not amassed any formal statistics on the countries whose wines are most likely to pass muster. I do believe that South Africa has the best track record. So here comes another one. The Obikwa winery is named for one of the nation’s earliest peoples. It was founded in 2002 and has made a commitment to sustainability and the environment. Their wines include several whites and reds from international grapes and that South African standby, Pinotage, as well as one rose and two sparklers. This wine carries the Wine of Origin Western Cape Appelation, which encompasses most vineyards in South Africa. The companion wine is a Lebanese Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon blend costing about half again as much.

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Wine Reviewed
Obikwa Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 13.5% alcohol about $9.

We can start with the marketing materials. “Tasting Note : Deep red violet colour; aromas and flavors of strawberry jam, with hints of leather, blueberry and plum; dry, full bodied and softly textured. Serving Suggestion : Spicy bbq’d meats.” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was rather sweet, and presented well-balanced tannins and acidity. I nibbled on Japanese rice crackers and dark cherries surfaced in the mix. This meal consisted of ground beef with salsa sitting on a bed of whole-wheat pasta. In response the libation picked up power and length but was excessively sweet. A generous portion of Chinese hot sauce made the juice taste peppery. Dessert of fresh blueberries made this Cab dark and almost brooding.

The next meal focused on homemade chicken breast nuggets sauteed in a mixture of black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and chilies. Now our South African friend was plummy, offering light acidity. When paired with the side dish of eggplant and mushrooms in tomato sauce over mashed potatoes, this libation’s acidity picked up. I sensed some tobacco.

The final meal came out of a box. It was Eggplant Rolatini, including a sweet tomato sauce and several cheeses. Red emerged from this brief encounter almost pleasantly sweet providing the taste of tobacco and dark plums. But it lost most of its flavor when imbibed with fresh strawberries.

Final verdict. I might well buy this borderline wine again. And I intend to try this winery’s other available offerings in the future.

Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, but definitely prefers drinking fine wine. He teaches computer classes at an Ontario French-language community college. His global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com features a weekly review of $10 wines. Visit his Italian wine website www.theitalianwineconnection.com .

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