The Game Reserve – wines with a cause

I recently received this wine (Cab Sauv 2014) for review and learnt that for each bottle of Game Reserve wines sold globally, a contribution of R3 is made towards the Wilderness Foundation’s conservation and education programmes throughout Africa.  To date, an amount of R3 million has been contributed to the Wilderness Foundation and I think that’s rather grand!

Rooiberg Winery is the new custodian and future owner of The Game Reserve wine range of Graham Beck Wines, following an agreement between these neighbouring wineries who are leaders in nature conservation. The Game Reserve labels will continue to feature the Graham Beck brand name for the next two years while the two wineries will collaborate to ensure consistent quality and continuity.


The Game Reserve wines comprise eight cultivar wines, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinotage.

Meanwhile, Graham Beck Wines has announced an investment of R150 million in its MCC range over the next three years. The rest of the company’s still wine portfolio, comprising Railroad Red, Waterside Chardonnay and Pinno, has been sold to DGB (Pty) Ltd.


When reviewing wine, I like to rate it on:

Colour (out of 3)
Smell (out of 7)
And taste (out of 10)
So the taste has the most weighting. It is also very seldom that I rate a wine less than 3/3 for colour.

The first thing that hits you is the bright red Platters sticker but other than that, the bottle design is wonderfully African, boasting one of Africa’s big five – the Leopard. It isn’t a screw cap – it has a cork.

The colour was a light ruby and had good clarity.  3/3.

I found it quite hard to distinguish the smell but I could pick up dark berry fruit and subtle hints of spice.  4.7/7

Firm tannins with a very berry taste. It was quite light for me yet it had somewhat of a lingering taste. 6.8/10

Total is: 14.5/20. I did try it on its own as well as with food. Due to the lighter taste and berry flavours, this wine would work perfectly with a spicy meal. 13.5% alcohol and 2.8g/l sugar.

Cheers guys!

So which wine will I review next? 🙂

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