Owner Anthony Hamilton Russell oversees the production of one of South Africa's best Chardonnays (if not the best) in the cool-climate region of Walker Bay. The '02 version is loaded with toast, smoke and grilled nut aromas that are captivating, wi —James Molesworth
Brighter, livelier and juicier than most Australian Shiraz, a vibrant wine with crisp blackberry, plum and vaguely leafy-herbal flavors that persist beautifully on the harmonious finish. Drink now through 2010. 23,000 cases made. Smart Buys.
The pro golfer Greg Norman is running a pretty fine wine operation these days. This latest release is firm in texture, generous with its peppery blackberry and lime flavors, echoing a minty note as the flavors linger. Drink now through 2006. 110,000 cases —Harvey Steiman
Winemaker David Finlayson produces this dark, brooding red from a South African winery that first made its name with Chardonnay. Dark chocolate and espresso notes hold sway over black currant and cassis fruit, while a thick, muscular texture, and a long c —James Molesworth
Though it shares the same owner as the traditional Viña Santa Rita winery, Viña Carmen produces wines in a ripe, modern style, made by the winemaking team of Maria del Pilar González and Matias Lecaros. This Merlot is a juicy version, loaded with red a —James Molesworth