Friday, 13 February 2015

10 wines to make Valentine’s day bearable

You could spend all your money on an expensive dinner out which will likely comprise of frozen shellfish, an over-indulgence of hearts and romantic gestures that will be long forgotten in the morning...OR, you could buy wine, get merry at home and win.
Here are my picks for some good ol' drinking.

1) Pongracz Brut Rose - I know it’s pink but it’s not sweet, sickly or gushing in an overabundance of silly, feminine metaphors. Simply, it’s rich in fruit from the addition of Pinot Noir and has a lovely black cherry essence and long finish.

2) Saronsberg MCC - Green apple, biscotti, almonds: 3 things that I need more of in my life.

3) Eikendal Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - I'm not a SB fan, either too green or more fruit than a mental institution but this well-rated number has a lovely richness to it and no searing acidity from overtly green notes.

4) Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse -This white blend is something special. Layered, balanced creaminess and a killer label - you have to try it...even if it's difficult to come by.

5) Kanonkop Pinotage Rose 2013
- Very pink and full of strawberries. I feel like a fairy when I drink it, a really awesome fairy.

6) Altygedacht Pinotage 2013 -
Don't like Pinotage because it's jammy and sometimes sour? Not so with this one -this is smooth and moreish, full of red fruit and a hint of gentle oaking.

7) Alvi's Drift Chenin Blanc - Retailing at around R35-40 a bottle, this is a gem that's seriously under-priced. Though it's unwooded, it has good fullness and balanced acidity so you don't feel like your throat is melting. It's a winner for both price and taste.

8) Usana barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc - A splendid find at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival; buttered popcorn, macadamia nuts and good acidity.

9) Groot Constantia MCC Blanc de Blanc (R187 and only 1500 bottles)
- Deliciously creamy with amazing nutty characteristics. It's an absolute beauty and needs to be snapped up quick before they discontinue it.

10) Stellekaya Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - this is a serious wine for some serious wine whispering. There's no such thing as sweet nothings with this wine, rather deep, meaningful purrs as you become enveloped by dark berries and clean oak.

Need places to buy these wines?
Check out (shameless punt), the wineries themselves, the Bottelary Wine shop and some decent supermarkets.

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