Wine Critic Stephen Tanzer Gives Fair Trade A Thumbs Up

Tanzer Gives Fair Trade Certified Wines from South Africa High Scores

03/28/2011 - 4:09 PM


Fair Trade wines are scoring high once again. Take a look at these reviews from Stephen Tanzer, one of the most well known wine critics in the world, for wines from Six Hats and the Bosman Family Vineyards in South Africa. These Fair Trade Certified wines are known not only for their high quality, but also for social and environmental responsibility.

2010 Bosman Family Vineyard Adama White Wine Western Cape: 91

(a blend of 60% chenin blanc, 20% chardonnay, 10% pinot gris, 6% viognier and 4% semillon):  Pale bright yellow. Pungent, complex nose melds grapefruit pith, peach, underripe pineapple and crushed stone.  Juicy and penetrating, with brisk citrus fruit and peach flavors lifted by a floral quality.  A leesy complexity gives the wine more texture to buffer its lively acidity.  Very pure, dry and classy wine with a cool, long finish.

2009 Bosman Family Vineyard Rose Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley: 88

(12% alcohol; includes 27 grape varieties!):  Orange with a pink tinge.  Strawberry, flowers and wild herbs on the nose.  Silky and round but quite dry, with a light underbrush quality complicating the subtle red fruit flavors. Lovely rose in a Provencal style, finishing with good grip.

2008 Bosman Family Vineyard Pinotage Wellington: 87

Deep red with ruby highlights.  Jammy blackberry, plum and chocolate on the nose, with some truffley, vegetal nuances.  Plump, soft and easy to drink, with fat berry fruit, truffle and tobacco flavors offering modest verve.  Plenty ofspicy oak and mocha throughout.  I'd drink this within the next year.

2007 Bosman Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Wellington: 89

Deep ruby-red.  Aromas of cassis, licorice, mint, bitter chocolate and wild herbs, plus some exotic oak spices. Densely packed and sweet, with minty lift to the slightly clenched black fruit flavors.  In a rather chunky style, but spreads out nicely on the finish, showing fairly fine-grained, building tannins.

2008 Bosman Family Vineyard Adama Red Wine Wellington: 88

(85% shiraz, 10% mourvedre, 3% primitivo and 2% viognier):  Good bright, dark red with ruby highlights.  High-pitched aromas of cherry, spices and pepper.  Juicy and intense, with darker black fruit and licorice flavors cut off on the back end by firm oak.  Tightly structured, persistent wine, but a bit dried by its oak element.  (A second bottle showed a distinct white fruit note on the nose and a chocolatey character on the palate--and less obvious oak.)

2009 Six Hats Shiraz Western Cape : 88

Good bright ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, pepper and chocolate. Dark berry, spice and pepper flavors are supple but also fresh,offering good cut and plenty of personality for the gentle price. Finishes with smooth tannins and a chocolatey nuance.

2010 Six Hats Pinotage Rose Western Cape - 88

Full deep orange-watermelon color. Aromas of strawberry and smoke. Sweet, supple red fruit flavors enlivened by firm acidity and wild herbs. Nicely fresh and persistent user-friendly rose.




03/28/2011 - 4:09 PM
03/28/2011 - 4:09 PM