We love a cold glass of vino after a busy day at the office, Hello Joburgers – and we know that you do too!
We put together of our so “cool right now they are hot” easy drinking white wines – just in time for summer. Think braai’s by the pool, tanning with the girls, or picnics under the shady trees, escaping from the blazing sun…
Neil Ellis Whitehall Chardonnay 2015
A maiden vintage this one – and pretty tasty too, might we add and is the latest in a long line of prestigious accolades affirming Neil’s ability to track down some of the best vineyard parcels in the country and turn them into outstanding wines; a fitting testament to an unwavering philosophy.
The Neil Ellis Whitehall Chardonnay is light golden green in colour with very youthful lime and melon aromatics, and gorgeous ripe citrus notes. This elegant Burgundian-style Chardonnay offers great texture, mouth-feel and freshness. It has a restrained mineral edge, with superbly integrated oak, balanced richness and length.
Serving suggestion: Freshly shucked oysters, butternut soup, poached salmon with a hollandaise sauce, sage butter chicken, grilled linefish with lemon butter sauce, coronation chicken, grilled crayfish or prawns, also delicious with crème brûlée or a platter of soft cheeses.
Retail price: ±R225 per bottle
Rickety Bridge Foundation Stone White 2016
Winner of numerous awards, this delicious and fresh wine is produced from well-manicured and settled vines in the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch areas, comprised of five varietals of wine that were matured separately in barrel for a total maturation time of 10 months before being blended for bottling.
A “complete and well-balanced wine.” It is elegant with spring blossoms, restrained peach, mango and stone fruit on the nose, with subtle hints of oak spice and a refined fruit expression. A rich and well-structured wine, it finishes with elegance and freshness and will benefit from some ageing.
Serving Suggestions: Enjoy with Asian-influenced chicken and seafood dishes, goats cheese salad, pork, veal or roast duck.
Retail price: Around R100 at leading retailers and specialist wine merchants, and at the estate.
Flagstone Tributary Chenin
Set apart by zesty acidity and floral character, Tributary’ s freshness, decent body and aromatic generosity delivers enough appeal to attract fans of the grassier Sauvignon Blanc and the more buttery notes of Chardonnay while Chenin’s genetic link to Riesling underpins it’s ability as an age-worthy wine.
Flagstone’s Tributary is that confident expression of Chenin’s capacity for depth, complexity and finesse in a zesty dry style with crisp, dancing acidity in a premium wine.
Serving Suggestions: As an accomplished player in food and wine pairings, its impressive acidity balances spicy cuisine and its light, dry style brightens up salads, chicken and seafood dishes.
Retail Price: Roughly R 60 at most wine stores.
Robertson Winery – Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc
Think of this as neither a light wines nor a sparkling wines – but rather a Lightly Sparkling Wine – produced from top quality grapes, with sprightly fresh fruit flavours and an added dazzle of tiny bubbles to delight the senses on a hot summer’s day.
Presented in unique eye-catching ‘skittle’ shaped bottles, with vibrant turquoise capsules sporting dazzling white bubbles, it certainly offers a splash of sophistication with a dash of festivity. to any occasion!
It’s real character comes through with intense fruit flavours of grapefruit, melon and passionfruit, and a touch of sparkle; the tingling liveliness enchanting the palate before gradually fading away.
Serving Suggestion: Perfect compliment to tapas, fish dishes and salads.
Retail Price: Widely available nationally at major liquor retailers and grocers, retailing for approximately R 55.
Great Domaines – Tempus : Chenin Blanc 2016
This delicious 2016 Chenin Blanc is created from 45 year old vines planted on granite and alluvial sandstone, and is an engaging pure Chenin with rich fruit-forward aromas that jump out of the glass.
A combination of pineapple, melon and citrus notes follow through onto palate – all held together with beautifully balanced acidity. The mouth-feel is serious, with some obvious richness there.
The wine has a focused, elegant lift and a gum-smacking finish. This can happily be consumed now, but there is also enough structure to keep this liquid in the bottle for the next 8-10 years where extra layers of complexity will develop.
Serving Suggestions: Fish, chicken and white meat dishes, salads and pastas.
Retail Price: Around R 395 online
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