Wine Whore Review
Score = 7.4/10 Points
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For less than $10, this interesting South African blend of Cabernet and Pinotage not only tastes great but also always stocked at most local supermarkets, wine/liquor stores, and restaurants.

The golden yellow cheetah adorning the badge of Sebeka�s South Africa Cabernet-Pinotage makes this an easy bottle to spot amongst crowded shelves. Unlike its animated label, this wine is composed of a varietal that is often overlooked. To form this blend, Pinotage, first engineered as a cross between Pinot noir and Cinsaut in 1925, is married with cabernet, the familiar friend of many red wine lovers. Although not as well known in North America, Pinotage is suited to the harsh climate and terroir of South Africa making it the region�s signature red wine grape variety. Mated with other types of grapes, Pinotage creates a balanced blend of flavor and fragrance. Sebeka�s blend uses cabernet to expand upon these native characteristics while also incorporating �good tannins and a velvety finish of toasted oak.�

Recommended Food Pairing:
�As a full bodied wine rich in fruit flavors and tannins, Sebeka Cabernet/Pinotage pairs well with a wide variety of rich foods, such as pasta, fire-grilled meats, and vegetables.�

Vintage Info:
�2007 Sebeka South Africa Cabernet-Pinotage is a fruit-driven wine with subtle oak flavors of chocolate and mocha that features the blackberry, currant and herbal notes typical of Cabernet along with red fruit, acidity and smoky earth notes typical of Pinotage. Drink at time of purchase or age in the bottle for 2-3 years.�

Vintage: 2007
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage
Appellation: Western Cape, South Africa
Sugar: 0.6g/100ml
Total Acid: 6.0g/L
pH: N/A
Aging: N/A
Alcohol %: 13.8%

Wine Whore Score:

Sebeka Cabernet/Pinotage offers great value as a well crafted yet low cost wine. After tasting this wine for the first time at the ABC Wine Tasting, I no longer wonder why this wine was awarded prestigious accolades in nine wine competitions held in 2008. Enjoyable, inexpensive, and easy to purchase, this wine comes in with a total of 29.5/40 points and an average score of 7.4/10.

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Shelly said...

I've never heard of that one. It must not be readily available here in Va. I'll keep a look out for it though.

The Buddhist Conservative said...

I have seen the wine but passed it by since pinotage is not usually something I seek out unless recommended by someone else first.

We were at a tasting hosted by the South Africa Wine commission a couple years ago. Out of the 50 or so pinotages we tasted, most seemed like they had been filtered through a stack of used ash trays. This is the only grape I have run into this tasting note. There were a few standouts but these were on the high end.

So. Africa does make some knockout chennin blanc and sauvignon blanc at great prices.

Good review.

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you for the great comments! Pinotage definitely has a fair share of criticism and should be approached with caution. This one works well with the Cabernet blend and you can't beat the price.

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! Thank you LLnL, you made me laugh really hard! :)

Teh Lego said...

The entire Sebeka line has been a staple of my consumption for at least a year now. They are one of the few brands that are consistently good across the board.

Thier pure Pinotage is superb as well, and they recently released a Chenin Blanc vintage that is BEYOND fantastic!

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