Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Star Tree Nouveau Blanc 2010

Northern Cape, South Africa (wine review and rating)

Star Tree Nouveau Blanc 2010

Origin: Northern Cape, South Africa
Blend: "A variety of white grape cultivars"
Alcohol Content: 9.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: September 2011
Purchase Price: $9.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Pale straw-gold in color, this wine has aromas of tropical fruit and honey, with notes of orange blossom. Quite sweet on the palate — but not overly so — the flavors are reminiscent of fresh cut pineapple, melon, even plum, with a hint of orange zest. The finish is surprisingly brisk and clean.

Our rating: Everything about this wine says "brunch" to us … as opposed to, say, "dessert". The label says it is a "natural sweet white wine", and by that we're assuming that the marketing folks are trying to imply that it doesn't have the cloying sweetness of some dessert wines (or Northwest Pacific Rieslings). And it doesn't. There's not much refinement to this wine, and we'd never serve it at or after dinner, but we think it perfectly appropriate — especially given its low alcohol content — for a midday breakfast/lunch buffet. We rate it about Average overall.

No taste profile from the winemaker found.

Winery website: Orange River Cellars.

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