2013 Mulderbosch Faithful Hound, South Africa, Stellenbosch, Wine Review

39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, 14% Malbec and 9% Petit Verdot.  This is a Bordeaux styled wine from South Africa.  It sells for under $20 making it a very nice buy.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is very nice; dusty and complex with cassis, tobacco, some bell pepper.  On the palate, this has a chewy texture.  Nice complexity.  Cassis, dark cherries with enough acid.  Good finish.  Drinking well now and won't get better but should hold for another five years at least.  

2009 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance, South Africa, Wine Review

This is history in a bottle.  One of the great wines from South Africa and still a great dessert wine.  Light golden in color.  The nose is honeyed with apricots and peach.  On the palate, this is sweet without being cloying.  Honey and apricots.  A bit of acidity.  Worked well with food.  A little goes a long way but it is delicious.  

NV Graham Beck Brut Rosé, South Africa, Western Cape, Wine Review

Salmon orange in color.  A nice mousse with small to medium bubbles.   The nose is very nice with strawberries and light lemon notes.  There is a nice depth to this wine although it turns a bit flabby on the palate.  Given that this sells for under $20, that isn't the worst thing in the world.  It is tasty and makes a nice inexpensive but festive sparkler.  

NV Graham Beck Brut Rosé, South Africa, Western Cape - Wine Review

Even better than the regular Brut.  Another great value in sparkling wine from South Africa.  This has a pale silvery pink color.  The nose is elegant with slight cherries and minerals.  Nice mousse.  On the palate, very crisp acidity.  It begs for food but it fine on its own.  Light cherries and minerals.  Crisp finish.  Lovely wine.  

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