AG Pick Under $15: 2007 The Left Bank

This week I’ve been all about South African wines.  On Tuesday I wrote about the 2008 MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc, a bright and refreshing white that’s a great deal at $9.

Left BankToday I’m sharing a great red wine from South Africa.  It’s a 2007 wine from Neil Ellis called The Left Bank.  It too is a great deal — bold and full of flavor for less than $15.

The Left Bank is a red blend from the Western Cape.  It’s 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Shiraz and 10% Merlot.  The wine spent 9 months in a combination of 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels.

The first thing you will notice about The Left Bank is its deep purple-red color.  Next you’ll be tempted by the aroma, an inviting mix of red berries and cocoa.  When you finally take a sip you’ll discover a palate of juicy dark cherries, boysenberries, plum and warm spice, with layers of caramel, mocha and a hint of black pepper.  Present yet gentle tannins give the wine a structural focus and a silky, satisfying finish.

This wine makes a great pairing with steak, lamb or other grilled red meats.

A bottle of the 2007 The Left Bank costs $14.