Wine – Wines of the World

Wine – Wines of the World

Books Etc South Africa ratings :

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The Vivino ratings are a guide only as the rating for a particular wine may be for a different vintage

A

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422/VE Prosecco NV

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Astoria | Prosecco NV

B

Baglio del Conte Nero d'Avola 2014 A

Baglio del Conte Nero d’Avola 2014 | Vivino 3.5*

C

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Casillero del Diablo | Merlot 2008 |

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Chiaro | Prosecco

Coleccion Santa Julia Shiraz Malbec 2011 A

Coleccion Santa Julia Shiraz Malbec 2011 | Vivino 3.9*

Coleccion Santa Julia Shiraz Malbec 2012 A

Coleccion Santa Julia Shiraz Malbec 2012 | Vivino 3.9

Best drunk with food!

Concha y Toro Frontera Merlot 2013 A

Concha y Toro Frontera Merlot 2013 | Vivino 3.1* Emoticon smiley

When Checkers first started selling their Wines of the World  the Frontera probably deserved two smiley emojis but with the collapse of the rand in December 2015 it may not be too long before this excellent (but far from perfect!) wine loses its single smiley emoji.

The appeal of the Frontera is its reliability. For consistency, quality and price South African merlots simply do not compete.

Concha y Toro Frontera Merlot 2014 A

Concha y Toro Frontera Merlot 2014 | Vivino 3.1* 

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Concha y Torro Frontera Shiraz 2014 | 

D

Domaine Grier French Grenache 2012 A

Domaine Grier 1789 | French Grenache 2012 | Vivino 3.3*

E

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Eira | Sao Miguel Alicante Bouschet Arragonez Touriga Nacional Trincadeira 2015

F

Fantini Farnese Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012 A

Fantini Farnese Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2012 | Vivino 3.5

M

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Mont Baudile Blanc Grenache 2014 |

P

Pick n Pay Italian Prosecco NV 2015 A

Pick n Pay Italian Prosecco NV [2015]

The contents significantly better than the labelling!

S

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Sensi | Toscana Rossi 2014 | 

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Sensi | Toscana Rossi 2015 |

V

Vina Temprana Old Vines Garnacha 2012 A

Vina Temprana Old Vines Garnacha 2012 | Vivino 2.8* Emoticon smiley 

Costing a little more than the Tempranillo (see below) and by no means a great wine, very pleasant for the price. It’s puzzling why it seems that South African wines of a similar quality are not available at this price (R35.00 (Oct 2014)).

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Vina Temprana | Old Vines Garnacha 2014 | 

Vina Temprana Old Vines Tempranillo 2011 A

Vina Temprana Old Vines Tempranillo 2011 | Vivino 3.2* Emoticon smiley

Could be softer on the palate but with a block or two of ice (!!) and for the price (R27.00 (Oct 2014)), great value. From our experience, South African wines of this ‘modest but drinkable’ quality are no longer available at this price.

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Woolworths Astoria Prosecco Doc NV [2015]

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