Sebeka Shiraz Blend Shiraz Pinotage Cape Blend 2006
The grapes used to create the 2006 Sebeka South Africa Shiraz-Pinotage “Cape Blend” were grown in a number of South Africa’s finest vineyard districts located across the Western Cape. The cooler districts benefit from the fog created by the cold ocean currents coming north from Antarctica, as well as the vigorous “Cape Doctor” cross winds coming from the Indian ocean. The warmer districts take advantage of the bright South Africa sunshine and produce grapes with deep, rich colors and ripe fruit flavors. By marrying grapes from such diverse areas, Andries was able to produce a finished wine of great character and complexity. The Shiraz and Pinotage grapes were carefully hand harvested and gently de-stemmed. They were then crushed, pressed and fermented separately in upright stainless steel tanks to retain the bold fruit flavors of the wines. The juice was allowed ten days of fermentation at 22-25°C, and afterwards spent seven days macerating on the skins in order to intensify the colors and flavors. Each of the lots underwent malolactic fermentation. Andries tasted the finished wines and blended 60% Shiraz with 40% Pinotage to create this complex and layered wine-our signature “Cape Blend.”
Sebeka is a line of South African wines produced for Gallo by the Swartland Winery in the Western Cape province. Sporting yet another critter label, Sebeka wines are adorned with the image of a Cheetah in full flight. There are two whites and three reds, but the pick of the litter is the Sebeka Cape Blend Shiraz-Pinotage 2006. It's easy to drink, with plenty of body and jammy fruit from the Shiraz and a distinctly smoky component on the nose and palate from the Pinotage. Attractively priced at $7, this is a good wine to take to a barbeque, particularly if there's going to be lamb on the grill.
Not the greatest taste by itself, but actually pretty good with a spicy italian sausage dish.
One of the better discount reds I've had. The flavor is a lot more complex than usual, I suppose because of its blended nature.
"Animal Wines" are usually a red flag to wine drinkers. When I opened the capsule to reveal a synthetic cork, I knew Sebeka was no exception. Run with this cat and you WILL get bit. 66 points.
Verry good taste