Three budget-priced wines from the southern hemisphere:
- Simonsig Estate Pinotage 2000
- Bellingham Shiraz 2001
- Jindalee Chardonnay 2000
Simonsig Estate Pinotage 2000 (South Africa)
Pinotage is a signature wine for South Africa – a crossing of Cinsault
(a Rhône variety) and Pinot Noir (Burgundy). Usually the Rhône
characteristics predominate, as in this wine. Dense purple black colour;
one the nose blackberry and iodine; on the palate, intense, smoky blackberry
with a medicinal note and lively acidity. Full-bodied with a warm finish.
Food match: game cassoulet, blue cheese
Bellingham Shiraz 2001 (South Africa)
South African Shiraz/Syrah will soon be a force to be reckoned with on
the international market. Less costly than its equivalent Australian counterpart.
Dense purple-black colour; smoky blackberry and coconut nose (American
oak); full-bodied, firmly structured with juicy fruit and an interesting
floral note. Soft tannins.
Food match: pepper steak, venison pie.
Jindalee Chardonnay 2000 (Australia)
The grapes for this wine come from the Murray Darling vineyards, which
are located in close proximity to Mildura. They don't come any better
than this at under $10. Yellow straw colour; spicy pineapple nose; sweet
pineapple flavour, full-bodied, soft, easy drinking.
Food match: roast chicken with sweet potatoes, baked ham.