By Kori ~ March 4th, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2007 Goats du Roam Red from the Coastal Region of South Africa.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Goats do Roam, a RhÃ´ne-style blend, was created in 1999 as another label for Fairview Winery in South Africa. Fairviewâ€™s owner/vintner Charles Back took the suggestion of a wine buyer to make a blend and give it the humorous name that is a takeoff on the CÃ´te du RhÃ´ne wines of France. Even so, Back tells a much more interesting â€œstoryâ€ as to how Goats do Roam came about:
â€œOne afternoon, at harvest time, my mischievous son Jason and his friend Justin let the goats out of their tower and sent them for a walkabout amongst the vines. As in the legend of the Yemeni goat herder – whose roaming flock first discovered the joys of coffee beans, our goats picked out the best and tastiest fruit – their choice serves as our inspiration for this wine.â€ â€“Charles Back
Donâ€™t let the humorous name, the â€œstory,â€ or the low price point deter you. This wine is remarkably rich and complex for an under $10 bottle.
Today, Goats do Roam operates as its own independent company aptly called The Goats do Roam Wine Company.
Mom (LaGayle) and Dad (John) had the pleasure to meet Charles Back on their trip to South Africa last year. If you havenâ€™t already, be sure to check out the video interview in which Charles answers their questions on a wide variety of topics and explains why he believes that South African wine is not truly New World nor Old World but somewhere in-between because of the unique geology of South Africaâ€™s winemaking regions.
2007 Goats do Roam Red (Coastal Region, South Africa): 40% Shiraz, 18% Pinotage, 17% Cinsault, 13% Carignan, 10% Mourvedre, and 2% Gamay Noir. Medium-deep ruby red and very aromatic. Red fruits, spice, smoke, beef jerky, and bacon come through on the nose; red fruits, black pepper, and vegetal notes on the palate. Medium-bodied with crisp acidity, medium tannins, and a long finish. Well-balanced and smooth. Good complexity for a $9 wine.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to Buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $8.99; Available elsewhere, $7 to $15
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Red Wine, South African Wine, Wines Under $10, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25