6 Red-hot Summer Stunners!

Need something long and chilled to cool you down? Cathy has six of the best.

by: Cathy Marston | 26 Jan 2011

Ha ha – made you look!! I know this is a pretty lazy way to entice you to read this article but don’t you find this heat is completely exhausting? I certainly do, and find myself increasingly in need of something long, cool and refreshing earlier and earlier each day. The sun starts crossing the yardarm for me at about 11am, so if there are any of you out there in need of a little something to get you through the day as well, here are 6 of my favourite white and pink wines of the last few weeks – some I paid for, others I didn’t, but all of them are delicious.

Slowine Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc 2010 R30 from major retailers
This comes from a joint venture between Villiersdorp Co-op in conjunction with 2 Bot Rivier wineries, Luddite and Beaumont. It’s one of my favourite combinations with lively, limey Sauvignon rounded out by ripe yellow Chenin fruit in the mid-palate. Great flavours + nice packaging + doesn’t make a fuss if you stick a block of ice in it = my kind of wine.

Bon Courage Sauvignon Blanc 2010  R31 from the farm

This was my Christmas and New Year quaffer and the real cause of my early-morning drinking habits. I can thoroughly recommend a tumbler-full of this wine-  ice-cold, glistening with condensation, smelling divinely of lemons and lemongrass, trickling slowly down the back of my throat to assuage my thirst – with breakfast. And lunch and dinner too. Probably the best Robertson Sauvignon in this price bracket I found this year.

Adoro Sauvignon Blanc ‘Three Regions’ 2009         R80 from the farm

This is one of the most intriguing sauvignons I’ve had in a while. I am getting very fed up of people picking the stuff, sticking it in a tank, then a bottle and slapping on a high price simply because it’s a trendy grape variety. Try harder please!! Like Ian Naude, who here blends Sauvignon from three different regions, always striving to make food-friendly wines with great ageability and a South African twist. This is full of fresh, nutty fruit with a zesty lemon-pie zing.

Pierre Jourdan  Cuvee Belle Rose MCC        R115 from the farm

You can’t beat a fizz when it’s frazzlingly hot – whatever the colour. This emerged from the fridge during the 40 Celsius heat at the beginning of the month and swanned around like Audrey Hepburn in a Cecil Beaton frock. Cool, elegant, dry, refined with cherry/strawberry froth exploding on the tongue – I may not have felt cool, but by god, I looked it!

Newton Johnson Resonance 2009    R120 from the farm

After a fabulous tasting with Gordon and Nadia Newton Johnson in their cellar, lunch was celebrated with a bottle of this Sauvignon/Semillon blend. The restaurant was packed, it was blowing three kinds of gale outside and this wine quietly and effortlessly stole centre-stage away from one of the most divine-tasting pork bellies I ever seen. Elegant green and lemony fruit, lightly supported by the merest kiss of cream and oatmeal. Fabulous.

Botanica Chenin Blanc 2010   R130 from the farm after March 2011

Ginny Povall didn’t enter the recent Chenin Blanc challenge – she didn’t need to because she’d sold out of all her Platter 5* Chenin ages ago. This is the follow-on vintage and I loved it for two reasons – firstly because she has achieved wonderful balance and a rich, expansive depth of flavour in such a short time and secondly because she has refused to put the price up following her Platter triumph ‘I charge only what I need to charge and no more.’ You go girl!

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