Restock your cellar with these 5 must-try wines
Though the South African lockdown prohibition is finally a soon-to-be distant memory, the effects during and after the ban brought the entire wine industry to its knees. To help you restock your cellar and support the many wineries that need your assistance, we’ve compiled a list of fantastic wines. Before Thursday booze curfew comes around, add these delicious vinos to your shopping list!
1. Gabriëlskloof Rosebud Rosé
This Bot River winery makes a stellar range of wines, ranging from R95 to R305. This rosé is a perfect blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Viognier. Light, crisp and bursting with notes of juicy red berries and peach, with a hint of spice.
Gabriëlskloof Winery is currently running a special on its site that knocks the price of this gem of a rosé from R85 (cellar price) to R68 – an absolute steal that pairs perfectly with morsels of delicious seafood or canapés.
2. Haute Cabrière’s Pierre Jourdan Belle Rosé MCC
A new addition to their MCC range, the Belle Rosé is cultivated with 100% pinot noir and has a beautiful salmon hue that presents fruity notes of summer berries – a decadent reminder of summer days to come. Enjoy chilled with your favourite cheese board. Retail price: R145
3. Middelvlei’s 2019 Rooster Range Merlot
This is an elegant juicy merlot with soft tannins and concentrated flavours of plums, cherries and dark chocolate, with a soft smooth finish. Available directly from the farm at R90 per bottle, this is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser to add to your wine collection.
4. Mullineux Wines’ Kloof Street – Old Vine chenin blanc
It’s no secret that Chris and Andrea Mullineux make exquisite wines. This particular chenin blanc is an absolute steal for the amazing quality in taste and length. It’s influenced by the wet granite where the varietal is planted, and you’ll find notes of pear and vibrant acidity on the palate. It will complement your Sunday roast chicken perfectly. Retail price: R95
5. Thorne and Daughters Copper Pot pinot noir
John and Tasha Seccombe are renowned both locally and internationally for producing beautiful wines, and this pinot noir is no exception. It’s smooth, with punchy notes of red berry, hints of cinnamon, great acidity and elegant tannins. Pairs well with a hearty mushroom risotto. Retail price: R165