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A Wine Lover's Near Weekly Review Of $15 Wines - Another South African Merlot

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A Wine Lover's Near Weekly Review Of $15 Wines - Another South African Merlot

Author : Levi Reiss   Top Author

Submitted : 2013-12-26 18:50:00    Word Count : 544    Popularity:   Not Rated

Tags:   wine, bargain wine, food pairing, tasting, red wine, white wine, buy wine, Kosher wine, review, wineries

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I don't really feel like counting the number of South African wines or the number of Merlots that I have reviewed over the years. As the title indicates, this is not my first South African Merlot. This week I don't have a $10 wine. A few years ago Backsberg Cellars was chosen as one of the Top 100 Wineries of the Year by Wine and Spirits Magazine (New York). Its founder, C. L. Back, was a Lithuanian refugee who settled in South Africa early in last century. His family-run winery is located only a few miles (about 10 kilometers) from Paarl in the Western Cape region. They produce kosher and organic wine and some brandy. They run a culinary school, a tasting room, and a restaurant. Our companion wine is an Israeli Shiraz-Merlot blend at more than twice the price. It too is Kosher.

OUR WINE REVIEW POLICY All wines that we taste and review are purchased at the full retail price.

Wine Reviewed Backsberg Merlot Kosher For Passover Mevushal 2011 14 % alcohol $15.

In the absence of marketing materials we quote the back label "The wine display aromas of raspberry and red plums. Succulent sweet fruit flavours and finely coated tannins. This Kosher Mevushal Wine has been made under the strict supervision of the Cape Town Beth Din, South Africa, and the OU.

Backsberg Cellars boasts over 80 years of winemaking history under single ownership. 3rd Generation proprietor, Michael Back, and his team are taking Backsberg Cellars to new levels of excellence, to further cement the existing reputation for innovation and quality set by his forebears." And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was sweet and provided stewed fruits and round tannins. Japanese Wasabi rice crackers slightly pushed back its sweetness and raspberries emerged. The initial meal centered on cheeseless beef lasagna made with salsa and some spinach noodles that abated the sweetness in my glass, which was still excessive. I also noted some oak. A yummy side dish of kale and mushrooms rounded and somewhat softened the libation. Fresh strawberries gave this Merlot lots of oak and some raspberries.

My next meal started with a homemade vegetable soup. In response Red was sweet and displayed balanced acidity. The main dish of sauteed homemade chicken beast nuggets rather diminished the Merlot's sweetness and brought forward the taste of dark cherries. The side dish of zucchinis and mushrooms augmented the drink's dark cherries while decreasing its tannins. Fresh blueberries took away the acidity and the sweetness from our South African friend.

The third meal kicked off with potato knishes that rendered the libation long and sweet offering some plums. The main dish was a beef chili made with spicy salsa. Now the liquid came up with light tannins and acidity. It was too sweet. Zesty guacamole muted this libation to some extent but failed to mute the sweetness enough. Fresh raspberries just about erased everything but that unpleasant sugar from my glass.

Final verdict. I definitely will not be buying this wine again. I don't like sweet red wine and this bottle did absolutely nothing to make me change my mind.

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Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, and likes drinking fine wine with friends. He teaches computers at an Ontario French-language community college. His global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com features a weekly review of $10 wines. Visit his wine, nutrition, and health website www.wineinyourdiet.com.

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