Come summer time, it seems as if everyone stops drinking red
wine and changes to an almost exclusive diet of Sauvignon Blanc. Yes, it’s nice and
refreshing but it doesn’t have to be the only answer to summertime – some reds
like it a little on the chilly side as well!
The general rule for serving red wines is ‘room temperature’ but you
have to remember that this means room temperature in Europe which is
considerably less than here in SA. The ideal temperature for serving red wines
is between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius, so during South African summers, all red wines
will benefit from spending a short time in a fridge before serving. However, some take it
to the next level and actively revel in a dip in an ice bucket as well to offer a refreshing alternative to chilled whites – this is my
pick of some favourites:
2010 Kleine Zalze Gamay Noir R38 Aroma Cellars
light and fruity grape which is traditionally served slightly chilled in its
home region of Beaujolais in France. This example is full of soft cherry fruit
and is delicious after half an hour in an ice bucket.
NV Solms-Astor Cape Jazz Shiraz R55
from the cellar
latest Vin-atics partner is Solms-Delta and they produce this fab, frothy and
fruity little number which absolutely cries out for an ice bucket. It’s lightly
carbonated and contains a nice dollop of sweetness to take the chill off a
2007 Backsberg Elbar R64 from the cellar
mad blend of mainly Mediterranean cultivars including some some Sangiovese and
Zinfandel just for the heck of it! It has nice red fruit flavours and a lovely
herbal finish so try it with pastas, salads or a good homemade burger.
2009 Secateurs Red Blend R67.50 from Wine Concepts, Newlands
mainly-Rhone blend from top winemaker, Adi Badenhorst, this has lots of ripe,
soft, juicy black fruit and easy-drinking tannins. A great wine to go with any
braai, this will go down well after a little time in the fridge.
2008 Tierhoek Grenache R82 Aroma Cellars
grape from the Southern part of France, this is used in a lot of rose wine in
Provence and the surrounding areas. But even when made into a red wine, it
retains its bright, juicy red fruit and chilling it slightly really accentuates
the interesting licorice and strawberry notes.
2007 First Sighting Pinot Noir R103 from Wine Concepts, Newlands
Noir is a very elegant grape variety and the easiest to turn into soup in hot
weather! Make sure you don’t over-chill this as there are some soft tannins
which could become harsh if it’s too cold, but 20mins in the bucket should
enhance all the ripe strawberry fruit.