The latest outstanding release from one of South Africa's top white wine producers is this crackling, live-wire Sauvignon, with textbook gooseberry, grass, lime and mineral flavors on a racy frame. Pure and long, with great acidity rippling beneath it all —James Molesworth
From Spain comes this entrancing red. The texture is at once velvet and gossamer, rich yet delicate, and the flavors are intense and balanced, with blueberry, blackberry, vanilla, toast and spice notes that dance on the finish. Drink now through 2012. 2,7 —Thomas Matthews
Racy Sauvignon, with distinct chalk, lime, herb and chive flavors, and hints of white peach and honeysuckle emerging on the finish. Deceptively concentrated, this should develop nicely in the cellar. Drink now through 2004. 10,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Molesworth
From Spain comes this version of the Albariño grape. It's rich and deep, structured and austere, offering melon, smoke, mineral and honey flavors and a long, smoky finish. Better with food than as an aperitif. Drink now through 2005. 15,000 cases made. —Thomas Matthews
There's plenty of raspberry, chocolate and toast notes in this South African Cabernet, with hints of mocha and spice emerging on the finish. Has an herbal edge, but it stretches out nicely while maintaining its drive. Drink now through 2007. 4,000 cases m —James Molesworth
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