Every season is perfect for wine, but winter seems to be a particularly great time of year to open a bottle (or two). There is something about a glass of spicy red wine that warms the body and soul.
While many prefer to drink red wine during the winter the sunny afternoons during weekends are perfect to enjoy a refreshing white or rose wine.
These wines are available for online ordering and as soon as alcohol sales open, deliveries will be made.
Bonnievale Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon
Bonnievale Winwa developed around the Breede River, the life source of the area. The winery on a culture of innovation and collaboration that enables the cultivation and selection of the very best fruit to craft consistent, vibrant wines for confident enjoyment.
The Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 displays beautiful, clean red fruit, notably raspberry, supported by hints of liquorice. The juicy red fruit carries through on the pallet but is supported by fine, ripe tannins that provide structure and depth to the wine.
The wine spent 18 months maturing in mainly new French and American oak, which delivers a balanced and well-integrated wine with a taste that lingers long after the last sip.
Perfect to enjoy with red meats or hearty stews. RRP R140.
Kallista is derived from the ancient Greek saying ‘to kalon kai to agathon’ meaning ‘the good and the noble’, and is the name chosen for the flagship blend in the Vriesenhof range of wines from Vriesenhof Vineyards in Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch.
Ideal weather conditions have resulted in a near-perfect wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), Merlot (33%), Cabernet Franc (24%) and Malbec (8%). These varietals portray the elegance and power that the vineyards can offer in a great vintage.
This wonderful wine has an aroma of red cherries and pencil lead with beautiful flavours of leather and tobacco on the mid-palate. It has a long lingering finish with good minerality. The Kallista is a meal on its own or have it with a simple creamy cheese like brie. RRP R325
Rhino Run Cabernet Savignon
This is part of the Conservation Collection of one of South Africa’s leading family-owned wineries, Van Loveren. Each bottle contributes to the conservation of the African rhino.
The 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium-bodied wine with rich plum and mint aromas followed by ripe blackcurrant, lead pencil and cigar box on the palate. Good oak ensures a soft, toasty finish.
The wine is good value for money and is a firm favourite. RRP R85.
Van Loveren Blue Velvet Pinot Noir
Ranked as the 10th most planted varietal in the world, Pinot Noir remains one of the most misunderstood wines in South Africa. But over the last 10 years or so, there has been a large shift in both the planting and production of this amazing grape in South Africa.
Made well, Pinot Noir is one of the most captivating and complex of wines. Growing this fickle, low-cropping variety is extremely challenging, even infuriating, as the thin skins are particularly sensitive to temperature fluctuation and the grapes are susceptible to sunburn, rot, fungus and mildew.
The Blue Velvet Pinot Noir shows upfront fruit flavours of raspberries and cranberries with earthy tones and cherry on the palate and aftertaste. The wine fermented slowly in open fermenters and was plunged through regularly. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was transferred with gravitation to French oak barrels for eight months. RRP R80.
Win with De Krans
Nothing beats finding that perfect Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that is both structured and accessible enough to drink on its own, and that pairs perfectly with that impromptu weekday or weekend pizza, pasta dish, or a good old braai
The De Krans Basket Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 has a typical character of cassis, ripe berries with fresh prunes and cedar spice on the nose. What makes this Cabernet Sauvignon so unique is the use of an old basket press, which enables a softer pressing action, that results in a softer tannin structure and a fruit-driven character of plums, mulberries and dark cherries.
The De Krans Basket Press Cabernet Sauvignon completes the De Krans Classic Varietal Range, a wine collection that focuses on unique, boutique style of winemaking that embraces well-known and loved cultivars and position them within an affordable price range. The Classic Varietal Range also includes the Free-Run Chenin Blanc, Wild Ferment Chardonnay and Pinotage Rosé.
One reader stands a chance to win a case of De Krans Basket Press Cabernet Sauvignon. To stand a chance to win send an email with your name, surname, membership number and DE KRANS in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org before 31 August 2020.