2010 Cederberg Bukettraube Cederberg

SKU #1069895 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (Bukettraube is a white variety of German origin; 24 g/l residual sugar): Pale yellow. Come-hither aromas of peach, lime blossom and honeysuckle; rather muscat-like. Tactile and slightly sweet but not at all heavy, with perfectly integrated acidity framing and lifting the flavors of white peach, ripe citrus fruits and anise. Finishes long, with mouth-cleansing acidity. Serve this with spicy foods, as you might use a Riesling, or enjoy it on its own; in South Africa, it's often paired with Cape Malay cuisine.  (4/2011)

89 points Wine Enthusiast

 Here's a different white that's certainly worth discovering. Attractive aromas of ripe gooseberry, white florals and pineapple transition into sweeter peach and tropical fruit flavors in the mouth. It's expressive but not overly showy, with a touch of honey unfolding on the long close. Drink now.  (8/2011)

Wine Spectator

 Bright and refreshing, with lively kaffir lime, lemon zest and green plum notes that show a hint of tarragon. Drink now.  (9/2011)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2011 | Send Email
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In researching this rare varietal I discovered that Bukettraube is actually a cross between Sylvaner B and Frankenthaler (also known as Trollinger or Schiva grossa, depending on where you're from). Originally cultivated in 'Alsatian' Germany in the 19th century by winegrower Sebastian Englert, it eventually found its way to South Africa and beyond. Aromatically aligned with Muscat, but twinged with citrus blossoms and a hauntingly sweet nectarlike palate, it's exotic flavors meld beautifully with spicier fare, from Thai to Indian to Indonesian. Also a fine aperitif wine, perfect for a warm, scintillating summer day!
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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2011 | Send Email
At K&L we have a thing for the unexpected (especially when the wine is also good!) and this floral and fruity South African white Bakettraube, said to be a cross of Silvaner and Schiava Grossa, made heads turn at our last South African staff tasting. The nose shows blossom, tangerine, and passion fruit aromas, which lead to a round a fleshy palate framed by lively acidity. This is just slightly off-dry, but the refreshing acidity makes for a clean and persisitent finish that invites a second (and third) sip! Try this as a fun alternative to your go-to Chenin Blanc or off-dry Riesling at your next round with spicy Asian food.

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