5 Mother's Day wines

Behind every great mother, there is a good bottle of red wine.

by: Cathy Marston | 07 May 2013
mother with wine

Personally, I think that mothers should be spoilt and made a fuss of every day of the year (but then I would wouldn’t I?) but if you’re going to save it all up  and do it on one day this Sunday, then here are a couple of gifts which might go down particularly well. All prices are cellar door.

Warwick The First Lady Unoaked Chardonnay 2011  R75

There are actually 2 First Ladies now in the Warwick collection – a Cabernet Sauvignon and this new unoaked chardonnay – and if you’re lucky enough to be spending Sunday with your Gran and more, then you can always go for the Three Cape Ladies instead. I’ll stick to this one – a deliciously fresh and zesty wine which goes really well with all kinds of food – try cooking your Mom a good roast chicken and pair it with a glass or two.

Doolhof Lady in Red 2009  R84

I’m a child of the 80’s and there’s no denying it because I find it impossible to write about this wine without humming Chris de Burgh in my mind. It’s a five-way Bordeaux blend (“never seen you shine so bright, you were amazing”) with lots of intense, smoky black fruit (“is dancing with me – cheek to cheek”) and a lengthy, smoky finish (“never will forget, the way you look tonight”). Totally over-delivers on price (“such a feeling of complete and utter love”) and guaranteed to make any Mom have a little tear in her eyes on Sunday.

Nitida The Matriarch MCC 2011  R95        

Made from mainly Chardonnay with around 30% Pinot Noir, this wine is named in honour of Bernhard and Peta Veller’s mothers who were responsible for helping to set up the farm 18 years ago. A fitting coming-of-age wine with fine bubbles and a lovely fresh yeastiness to it, this will console any mother on her empty nest and certainly give her something with which to celebrate her special day when all her chickies come home again.

Brenaissance Queen of Hearts Merlot 2010  R138

Ahhh – at the end of the day, that’s all we mothers want – to be the Queen of our family’s hearts. Well, in our soppy moments it is – at other times, we want a smaller waist, limitless bank account and a holiday home in the Seychelles – but until all those happen, drinking this is a very good way of passing the time! From new estate and stud farm, Brenaissance, it’s got juicy black fruit and sappy, earthy tannins. Great with the totally delicious pizzas at the estate’s café.

Silverthorn Wines ‘Jewel Box’ 2009   R224

I’ve included this one because, although all mothers say they love homemade cards, wonkily-decorated cupcakes and papier-mâché picture frames, actually they’d all prefer diamonds, and this Jewel of a wine may be the closest you can get. But hey, I’d be happy with a bottle of this on Sunday- it’s my kind of fizz with plenty of toasty leesiness adding weight to the delicate aromas of apples and flowers. I say I’d be happy with a bottle, but of course I do, in reality, mean a case…….


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