Wednesday, September 06, 2006
2005 Cederberg Bukettraube
Bukettraube is an somewhat unusual varietal the pretty much only comes out of South Africa. At $15 a bottle, it came with a strong recommendation, so I decided to pick up a bottle and give it a shot.
Fran and I both sipped our wines at about the same time and our reaction were pretty much the same—we wrinkled our brows and both let out a “huh.”
This tastes like a funky blend...a bit Gewurtztraminer, a bit Sauvignon Blanc, a bit Riesling, and perhaps a hint of Chardonnay.
There’s plenty of interesting spicy flavors going on, a fair amount of tropical fruit (pineapple, apricots), lots of grapefruit, and just a bit of cream on the finish, a bit of sweetness and a lot of acid...it’s unusual but more in the combination rather than the individual flavors.
If you’re a fan of whites, especially the non-oaked varietals, I’d say this is worth a shot