Wine review: Goats do Roam Rose 2008

My relationship with South African wine has always been lukewarm. Many people I respect keep insisting that it is the world’s next great wine region, but save for a couple of sauvignon blancs and an occasional chenin blanc, I have not been impressed. Equally as important, most of the cheap wine that I have had from South Africa has been ordinary at best.

Which is why I’m happy to report that the Goats du Roam rose ($10, purchased, available at Central Market) is a knockout — $10 Hall of Fame quality wine. What more does one need from a $10 wine? It has a screw top, it’s dry with a bit of strawberry fruit, and there is not a flaw to be found. In this, it may be the best use of pinotage, the native South African grape, that I have ever tasted. Serve it chilled on its own, or with shellfish, roast chicken or gooey grilled cheese sandwiches.

Editorial note: The Federal Trade Commission has issued new rules for bloggers and product reviews. It’s mostly aimed at sites that take money to review items, which we don’t. I accept samples from wineries, but I also buy wine myself for review. But, because we believe in transparency, I’ll go the FTC one better. Starting today, each review will note whether the wine is a sample or whether I have purchased it.



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  • scott

    I second Jeff’s comments about the Goats do Roam Rose. I like South African whites and reds better than he seems to but I’m glad he’s found this one to compliment. It is not the stereotypical sweet rose (most roses aren’t any more anyway) and it will stand up to most foods.