After several years we have broken one of our basic rules. This weekly we won’t be reviewing a $10 wine, but in fact two $15 wines. Why? In my neck of the woods it’s hard to obtention $10 Kosher wines. We thought of reviewing a Chilean alms but it would have been the third time around. Here we examine a South African Merlot from a winery that dates back to the Seventeenth Century whose grapes come from the south-eastern slopes of the Paarl mountain. The Paarl wine district is located about 40 miles (60 kilometers) north east of Capetown. The climate is warm with a Mediterranean influence. The Kleine Draken Winery makes South Africa’s first Kosher sparkling wine. They offer tours and tastings from Monday to Thursday and on Friday until early afternoon. The companion wine is a Kosher Spanish blend at virtually the same price.
OUR WINE REVIEW Procedure All wines that we taste and synopsis are purchased at the full trade price. Wine Reviewed
Kleine Draken Merlot W. O. Paarl 2011 13.5 % alcohol about $15.
In the absence of marketing materials we’ll start by quoting the back label. “A fruity lightly wooded vinic made in an easy drinking style. This wine is soft on the palate with a long finish. Will fill in meat dishes or possess on its own.” And now for my review.
At the first sips this vinous was sweet and plummy with low acidity and low tannins. Wasabi-less Japanese rice crackers rendered the liquid a bit stronger. A boxed Baked Ziti Siciliano liberally doused near Parmesan Fromage rendered the kid from Paarl quite sweet but there wasn’t much tannins or acidity.
My next menu centered on homemade meatballs. Pronto the libation was refreshingly acidic, and did a fine job of cutting the grease. I noted light tannins connective plums. The side dish of okra in stewed tomatoes, onion, and garlic mellowed the wine and I illustrious a little metal. Home-baked carob and sesame seed cookies sharpened my glass’s acidity.
My final flour was quite a potpourri, Smoked turkey wings (you won’t see them reviewed here in the future) were so, apparently salty. In response the wine’s plums tried to fight nape and did manage to offer some consonant acidity. Then came barbecued chicken wings. Now the plums were able to express themselves and the wine’s acidity handled that yummy grease well. When paired with a potato aspic that contained pickles the drink was forceful and mouth-cleansing offering the taste of metal. Red cabbage salad made the libation preference of pleasantly burnt dark cherries. The meal’s eventually component was a tomato, cucumber, radish, besides cilantro salad. Now our South African friend was dark and mellow, offering light tannins and acidity.
Final verdict. I liked this wine et alii may well buy it again. Of course, I wish that it had showed up in my $10 column.