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Because it’s Women’s Month (like we need an excuse), us ladies at the office thought we’d celebrate with the much loved ‘wine o’clock’. We put together a list of our top picks and reviewed each bottle just for you! So, if a good bottle of vino is at the top of your to-do list, you’re welcome.
Three of our top writers, Bianca, Candice and Carly, visited the exclusive Signature Restaurant in Morningside Shopping Centre to nibble on a few delectable canapés (the steak and salmon tartar are non-negotiable orders) and to taste their extensive wine selection. We also sat with their wine specialist to get the DL on everything you need to know about vino.
READ MORE ON DINING OUT HERE.
BIANCA’S TOP PICKS:
NAME: Paul Sauer Kanonkop
TANNINS: Complex and balanced.
AROMA: Perfumed summer berries and a whiff of earthiness.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: Everything. This is my new all-time favourite red Bordeaux blend (Cab Sav, Merlot and Cab Franc). Its sweet in all the right places, especially with the blackberry profile on the palate. It offers you that ‘opening a brand-new cigar box’ feeling and oozes well-roundedness and structure. This wine is rich with texture and body that will not only teases your palate but set your taste buds on fire.
BOTTLE OR GLASS: Bottle.
MOST DESIRABLE FOR A FABULOUS CELEBRATION OR CASUAL EVERYDAY DRINKING: Fabulous celebration, it’s the perfect date night spoil.
WHERE WOULD YOU DRINK IT IN JOZI: Signature Restaurant, indulging in a three-course meal.
BEST PAIRED WITH: Ostrich or oxtail, definitely a hearty, self-indulgent dish. Signature offers a gorgeous grilled ostrich fillet with succulent sweet potato and honey puree; roast Mediterranean vegetables and peppercorn sauce.
WHERE IT PLACES ON THE WINEDERLUST METER: 10/10 it’s the wine of 2018.
NAME: Armilla – Avondale Wine
TANNINS: Bitter and herbaceous. It leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue but you’ll appreciate the biscuit flavours and relish in the fruity notes.
AROMA: A strong green apple and subtle guava scent.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: This MCC has a sweet entry and is light making it an easy drink. Who doesn’t love a glass of bubbles?
BOTTLE OR GLASS: Glass.
MOST DESIRABLE FOR A FABULOUS CELEBRATION OR CASUAL EVERYDAY DRINKING: Perfect as a welcome drink.
WHERE WOULD YOU DRINK IT IN JOZI: At the Living Room, on a Sunday afternoon.
BEST PAIRED WITH: Salmon as the fattiness in the fish goes extremely well with the citrus notes of the bubbly.
WHERE IT PLACES ON THE WINEDERLUST METER: 7/10
READ MORE ON FOOD AND DRINK HERE.
CANDICE’S TOP PICKS:
NAME: Creation Chardonnay (Hemel-en-Aarde)
TANNINS: Think rich vanilla pod, peach kernel, vivacious pear and a hint of white pepper. After a few sips, you’ll start picking up hints of candyfloss, too.
AROMA: It’s the perfect balance of fresh and sweet with elegantly refined aromas of lime and delicate quince, as well as whiffs of warm butterscotch and almond.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: This wine tastes like summer in a bottle! You’ll want to drink it anytime you need a pick-me-up so make sure you always have a bottle in your fridge.
BOTTLE OR GLASS: Definitely a bottle (or two)!
MOST DESIRABLE FOR A FABULOUS CELEBRATION OR CASUAL EVERYDAY DRINKING: Both. It’s Ideal for a special occasion but because it’s also so well balanced and easy to drink, it’s suitable for casual everyday drinking, too.
WHERE I’D DRINK IT IN JOZI: Out in the sunshine anywhere on Parkhurst’s 4th Avenue strip.
BEST PAIRED WITH: Pairs best with creamy-based dishes like creamy mussels in a white wine sauce, more elegant dishes like saffron risotto or seafood pasta.
WHERE IT PLACES ON THE WINEDERLUST METER: 10/10.
NAME: Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Réserve (Franschhoek)
TANNINS: The entry is dry (it’s a dry wine overall) with true varietal character. There are dark fruit flavours layered with juicy red fruit and soft tannins that are complemented by well-integrated acidity.
AROMA: It smells like a bunch of freshly picked garden flowers, with subtle hints of cherry and strawberry.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: It’s such an interesting wine to sip and swirl because it has white wine characters but behaves like a red wine.
BOTTLE OR GLASS: A glass as a pre-dinner drink.
MOST DESIRABLE FOR A FABULOUS CELEBRATION OR CASUAL EVERYDAY DRINKING: The ‘Réserve’ in its name means that the winemaker only took the most delicate grapes from the best vineyards to make this vin, so it’s of exceptional quality and should only be saved for special occasions.
WHERE I’D DRINK IT IN JOZI: In the bar at one of my favourite hotels like AtholPlace before being taken through to the restaurant for dinner.
BEST PAIRED WITH: The grapes in this wine seem a bit confused (they don’t know if they’re white or red), so it pairs with anything from salmon to chicken and venison.
WHERE IT PLACES ON THE WINEDERLUST METER: 6/10.
READ MORE ON OUR TOP 5 HERE.
CARLY’S TOP PICKS:
NAME: Rupert and Rothschild Classique
YEAR: 2015 Vintage
TANNINS: Not 100% sure but as tannins is closely linked to headaches, I am pleased to report that this wine left no bruises the following day.
AROMA: Berries for days but in particular blackberry.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: This wine is the perfect companion in winter when your man lets you down. R&R will warm you from the inside out and banish all your woes.
BOTTLE OR GLASS: I like to finish the bottle.
MOST DESIRABLE FOR A FABULOUS CELEBRATION OR CASUAL EVERYDAY DRINKING: Perfect for a bonfire or bubble bath. Tried and tested!
WHERE WOULD YOU DRINK IT IN JOZI: Anywhere it’s being served or offered.
BEST PAIRED WITH: Definitely meat. Possibly ostrich with a mushroom or peppercorn sauce.
WHERE IT PLACES ON THE WINEDERLUST METER: Easily 11/10.
NAME: Paul Cluver Elgin Gewurztraminer
TANNINS: As the name suggests, Gewurztraminer which means spicy in German describes the flavour of this wine. It makes your mouth and lips tingle slightly.
AROMA: Apparently fruit. I tried very hard to taste it, I really did. But computer said no.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: Because of the wine’s acidity, it lasts significantly longer than most white wines.
BOTTLE OR GLASS: Two glasses, please.
MOST DESIRABLE FOR A FABULOUS CELEBRATION OR CASUAL EVERYDAY DRINKING: Too spicy for casual everyday drinking but not a celebration wine either. This one’s great every few weeks when your traditional poison starts to taste like its killing you slowly.
WHERE WOULD YOU DRINK IT IN JOZI: A nice one for a meal at home.
BEST PAIRED WITH: A home-made chicken or prawn curry.
WHERE IT PLACES ON THE WINEDERLUST METER: A sultry 6/10.
PS: To stand a chance of winning 1 of 2 R500 vouchers to wine and dine at Signature Restaurant, go here!
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