Mike Madaio

Location: Paoli, PA

Mike is a food & drink writer based in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. His work has appeared in publications such as Wine Enthusiast, Palate Press and Philly Beer Scene. On Snooth, join Mike in his love and passion for Italian wine discoveries.

South of the Border

Been loving the wines of South Africa lately - they're surprisingly good for such a "new" region. The winemakers do a good job of blending the traditional European styles with the juiciness of New World wines. Here are a few good ones I've recently tried.

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Glen Carlou Syrah (2005)
Comments: This syrah is freaking awesome! Huge meaty notes, dark fruits, yet somehow manages bright acidity. Great example of South Africa blending old and new world styles brilliantly.
Previously available for $21.29
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2 Goats Do Roam Goat Roti South Africa (2007)
Comments: I don't usually go for wines with funny names, but this one, which is a play on Cote Rotie, is quite good for the price ($16), especially when compared with the $50+ prices of the actual Cote Rotie. Nice balance of funky Syrah aromas and juiciness.
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3 Ken Forrester Merlot Stellenbosch (2007)
Comments: One of the more interesting Merlots I've come across. A ton of weird, wacky stuff here. The 15% Cab Franc really comes across on the nose, with lots of veggies in the bouquet. There's an intriguing minty aspect across the mid-palate, and an intense, lingering smokiness on the finish.
Previously available for $7.99
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4 Neil Ellis Chardonnay Stellenbosch (2009)
Previously available for $15.49
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5 Badenhorst Red "Secateurs" (2010)
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6 Warwick Estate Cabernet Sauvignon the First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon South Africa (2009)
Average price: $14.25 from 2 stores
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7 Vilafonté Red Bordeaux Blend Series C (2008)
Previously available for $78.89
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8 Warwick Estate Pinotage Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Old Bush Vines (2009)
Previously available for $35.99
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9 Vilafonté Red Blend Series M (2003)
Average price: $70.00 from 1 store
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