The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Day #15 – Karoo Red (S. Africa)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #15

Karoo Red – Porcupine Quill Brewing Co., 5.5% ABV – 330ml., (South Africa)

  • Style: Amber Ale
  • Taste: Tangy light roast dark fruit barley malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados:

Visual: Pours jatoba reddish-brown with minimal dissipating head, micro ringed retention, lots of varied speed streams.

Nose: sweet heavy malted barley, fig/date. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-watery thin

Mid-palate: fizzy-micro tingyly, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) light roasted tangy barley malt, almost woody, chestnut -> sourness

Finish: burpy, lingering malty sweet, subtle bitter hopped finish.

Summary: A drinkable brew of mainly tangy sweet barley malt with some dark fruit. I found the entry watery and the sourness threw me off a bit. Just average.

Pomegranate-Marula Wine Spritz – Pomula (Wellington, South Africa)

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  • My Rating: C+

Pomula Exotic Pomegranate and Marula Fruit Spritz, 5.5% ABV – 750ml., (Wellington, South Africa)

on the back label:

“POMULA Wine Spritz is a  blend of wine, fruit juice, and Pomegranate and Marulu [sic] fruit flavours. This perfect balance of exotic fruit flavours offer a celebration in every glass.”

Ingredients: wine, fruit juice, water, grape concentrate, flavours, carbon dioxide.

  • Style: (pomegranate, marula) Flavoured White Wine
  • Taste: Fruity crisp tingly grape-pomegranate
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot @ Cambie
  • How much: $10 – 750ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: no, but it does drink easy

Visual: Screw cap for your convenience. Pours light rosé pink with quickly dissipating bubbles, and tiny bubbles hugging the perimeter.

Nose: Very fruity pomegranate-grape-raspberry. Lovely and enticing. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: ultra crisp, tingly bubbles, incoming sugars

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) red grape, faint pomegranate

Finish: light tart, light wine alcohol bitterness, light burpy, fruity manageable sugary finish

Summary: A very approachable and drinkable spritz. Good texture, easy-going flavour and friendly on the wallet. I doubt there’s any actual marula or pomegranate in there but I didn’t expect so.

 

Passion Fruit Wine Spritz – Pomula (Wellington, South Africa)

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  • My Rating: C-

Pomula Passion Fruit Wine Spritz, 5.5% ABV – 750ml., (Wellington, South Africa)

on the back label:

“POMULA Wine Spritz is a  blend of crisp white wine, fruit juice and yellow passion fruit flavours. This intriguing combination results in a delightfully aromatic wine with juicy citrus and tropical fruit flavours, that is perfect for any occasion”

Ingredients: wine, fruit juice, water, grape concentrate, flavours, carbon dioxide.

  • Style: (passion fruit) Flavoured White Wine
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot @ Cambie
  • How much: $10 – 750ml., January 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: no, it’s more for casual drinkers

Visual: The back label is almost illegible with its white font on a bright green label. Screw-top cap. Pours light golden yellow with spread out bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Nose: A clean tropical fruit Riesling nose, with extra bright passion fruit (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: incoming dense fruitiness with some sugar

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-fruity sweetness, (MAIN) white grape, club soda, *hint* passion fruit (quickly dissipates), apple

Finish: watery-thin mouthfeel, off-dry club soda palate tingly finish.

Summary: This drinks like a cheap white wine + club soda mixed spritz with some flavouring, which it is at $10. It’s extremely drinkable at 5.5% ABV but you don’t get much in terms of depth or complexity.

Wide River Reserve Noble Late Harvest Riesling – Robertson Winery (South Africa)

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  • My Rating: B-

Wide River Reserve Noble Late Harvest Almond Grove Weisser Riesling 2001 – Robertson Winery, 9.5% ABV – 375ml., (South Africa)

  • Style: (Riesling, vintage) Late Harvest
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Liberty Wines, Park Royal
  • How much: $20 – 375ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: no

Visual: 2001, with unique certification numbered sticker on the neck. Pours cola brown, clear with sediment and bits of the old cork that disintegrated while removing it.

Nose: Plum wine, prune juice, caramel sweetness, red grape. (9/10-pungency)

Attack: sweet & sour-acidic, watery mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (9/10)-sweetness, full-bodied sour-tanginess, (MAIN) plum, apple, red grape

Finish: sharp acidity, apple exhale, medium-sweet, light cloying fruity finish.

Summary: Not bad at all for the price. It drinks more like a naturally flavoured, no sugar added plum wine instead of a late harvest Riesling.