my first taste of south african rose

i’d never had south african wine before last month (my top 10 wine club featured quite a few south african wines in may), and i’ve been pleasantly surprised by every one that i’ve tasted.  my favorite, so far, has been the mulderbosch rose.  looking at the bottle, i thought this wine would be overpowering, but i was pleasantly surprised by the easy-to drink taste.  i really enjoyed the subtle strawberry flavor and crisp finish – totally refreshing for a nice summer day.  4 out of 5.  yum!

merlin’s barrow sauvignon blanc

someone recently told me that if you’re unsure of what type of wine to order at a divey bar, go with sauvignon blanc.  the rationale?  its usually pretty good no matter what the price point.  this particular sauvignon blanc is in the $12 range, and has a nice light, crisp taste.  according to the description, there are “flavors of gooseberry, tropical fruits, and zesty lime,” and while i don’t have the most advanced wine tasting pallet, i can definitely taste the fruitiness.  a great wine for a summer barbecue.

3.5 out of 5