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7 budget whites

Great wallet-friendly white and pink wines that you can afford to keep in your fridge... always.

26 Nov 2012
white wine budget

Summer, summer, summer – HOT!!

Soon the only way to make it through the heat of the day will be the thought of that glass of something ice-cold and refreshing at the end of it.

Here is a quick round-up of some fabulous, wallet-friendly whites and pinks which I think you should ALWAYS keep in your fridge.

Now all I need to know is where I should put the food? Prices for the following are either from the farm or most good retailers.

Stellenbosch Hills Chenin Blanc 2012 R30

Tasted this at the Biltong of the Year winner’s lunch and thought at the time that it was an incredible bargain and I must drink more. My husband does some work for the cellars and if they want to re-introduce the dop system and pay him with this delicious mouthful of apricots and grapefruits, then that’s fine by me.

Zonnebloem Blanc de Blanc 2012             R32

I tasted these wines for Platter this year and am becoming more and more impressed with this young, mostly-female team of winemakers. Still think the labels are horrible but that just means I must get the mouthful of tinned grapefruit and citrus (mostly Chenin with 20% Sauvignon) into my glass as quickly as possible. Oh alright – if you think I should…..

Bon Courage Unwooded Chardonnay 2012 R34

I’ve been asked to name my favourite MCC of the year and have a strong suspicion it may well be a Bon Courage wine but that doesn’t mean we should neglect the excellence and good value of their still wines as well. This is a great price for a tangy, lemony, tasty wine – great with all kinds of food.

Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc 2012 R37

Is there ever a year that Kleine Zalze don’t make the best-value Chenin Blanc in the country?? Nope – don’t think so, and here is the latest release just to prove the point. Totally over-delivering in terms of fruit, fresh acidity, mouthfeel and length and a totally delicious wine overall.

Alexanderfontein Sauvignon Blanc R40

The Basson family have lots of interests in Darling including providing much of the milk that ends up on our breakfast cereals. Well that’s fine by me – start the day with their milk and finish it with a bottle of this crisp, lively, limey, fresh wine – a sundowner smasher.

Doolhof Shiraz Rosé 2011  R41

Had this at a launch the other day for their top range and was very struck by how delicious this wine was and what good value as well. Summer and pink wine is a tried and tested combo and when you taste this crisp, green-tinged mouthful of red berries and cherries, you'll certainly understand why.

Goats do Roam Rosé 2012 R42

I tasted this range for Platter as well this year and even in the depths of winter, this wine was able to make me think of summer days. Strawberries and herbs with low-ish alcohol and plenty of concentrated fruit, this is one of the best partners for a summer salad around.


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