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30 Degree South Latitude Wines: Australia vs. South Africa

01/08/2016 - 3:00pm
We will have an apertif Viognier from Australia, a comparison of Sauvignon Blancs from both countries, and a chardonnay from one of the countries. We will also taste two red blends to compare, one from S. Africa and one from Barossa Valley Australia. We will finish with a South Africa Pinotage red blend
Tasting Results: 
The January "30 Degree Latitude South Wines from Australia and South Africa" tasting was held at the home of Chuck and Sally Zavadil with Steve and Linda Peirce as co-hosts. There were 34 members attending and no guests.

The following white wines from Australia that were tasted were the apertif 2014 Yalumba Viognier, the 2015 Lindemans Bin 95 Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 Jip Jip Rocks unoaked Chardonnay. White wines tasted from South Africa were 2015 Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 Riebeek Cellars Chardonnay.

The Yalumba Viognier and the Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc tied as favorites in whites and Lindemans Sauvignon Blanc was second.

The red wine tasted from Australia was 2013 Dandelion Vineyards Barossa Valley Red. South African red wines tasted were 2012 Chakalaka Spice Route Red and 2013 Neil Ellis Pinotage. The Chakalaka Spice Route Red was the favorite in reds and also the favorite wine overall.

Several persons asked for the link to the website for Morey's Fish and Seafood Market where I purchased the smoked salmon. The website for Morey's in Baxter, MN is The phone number is 800-548-9630.

All wines were purchased at either Church Street Wine Shoppe or The Wine Cellar on Whitesburg.

Wine Prices:
2014 Yalumba Viognier $12.99
2015 Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc $13.99
2015 Lindemans Bin 95 Sauvignon Blanc $10.95
2010 Riebeek Cellars Chardonnay $10.48
2010 Jip Jip Rocks unoaked Chardonnay $18.48
2012 Chakalaka Spice Route Red $18.99
2013 Dandelion Vineyards Barossa Valley Red $20.99
2013 Neil Ellis Pinotage $16.99