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 Epikur, Main Line Today and Main Line Magazine. As a a Snooth mentor, Mike shares 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.
Average price: $21.29 from 1 store
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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: $17.69 from 2 stores
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7 Vilafonté Red Bordeaux Blend Series C (2008)
Average price: $57.70 from 1 store
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8 Warwick Estate Pinotage Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Old Bush Vines (2009)
Average price: $42.99 from 4 stores
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9 Vilafonté Red Blend Series M (2003)
Average price: $33.50 from 1 store
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