Wine Review

by Liv
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Savanha Sauvignon Blanc

The Wine Gallery sent over a mix of two classics(Vina Maipo Cabernet Sauvignon and Spier Rose) and a new baby, the Savanna Sauvignon Blanc for review. And I had the pleasure of working with a photographer to create visuals of the bottles as I indulged.

The Vina Maipo winery was founded in 1948 in the Maipo Valley (Chile)which is a benchmark for growing Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah worldwide. In its various product lines, Viña Maipo seeks to capture the essence of the New World with wines of captivating aromas and flavors, and expressive of their origin.

First up, the Cabernet Sauvignon. Now, I hadn’t had a dry red in a while. I lean towards the richer, sweet reds. This one surprised me in the most pleasant way. It sneaks up on you when you don’t expect it so best pair it with something meaty.

Tasting Notes

This is an irresistible Cabernet Sauvignon of deep red color, with aromas of black cherry, currant and cedar flavors. Taste its kind texture and discover its delicate range of flavors.

Enjoy it with red meats, lamb, pasta, paella and cheese.


Next was the Spier Chardonnay/ Pinot Noir. Think of this wine as the accompaniment to a perfectly sunny afternoon or a Sunday brunch with a light breeze and something juicy on the grill as you chill with your faves(post rona of course).

Spier is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms with a recorded history dating back to 1692. It has a good reputation from wine enthusiasts for both variety and accessibility in the local market (Kenya).

Chardonnay from Stellenbosch and Pinot Noir from Durbanville with an average age of 14 years yielded the grapes for this wine.

Tasting Notes
Aromas of strawberries and yellow apple, with a crisp fruit finish.
Enjoy well-chilled at the pool or in the garden on a warm summers day. Seafood salad, avocado, smoked salmon or egg canapés is best paired with this wine.


And the last an most definitely my favorite the Savanha Sauvignon Blanc.

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Trellised and bush vine yielded the grapes for this wine. The vines are 11-20 years old.

It’s empty because that’s how good this baby was. Earthy, moderate acidity and a well balanced, it leans to the dry side of wine but it’s lovely, I can’t recommend it enough for those days you want something light without breaking the bank.

Tasting Notes

An elegant fruit driven wine with grassy and tropical fruit aromas with hints of citrus. The use of oak adds complexity to the wine.
Serve with Poached or fried fish with citrus sauces, risottos and roasted chicken / Smoked salmon, grilled seafood, green salads and goat’s cheese / Serve well-chilled.

PS. Wine Gallery is going to be hosting a virtual wine tasting soon because the rona came through and we can’t outside. Sign up here.

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