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Our Top 5 favourite red wines for winter…

Our Top 5 favourite red wines for winter…

It’s brrr out there, and who doesn’t dream of curling up next to the fire (or heater if you are like us) with a great book and a glass or three of red wine?

These are our Top 5 fave red wines to sip on this winter…

Neethlingshof – The Caracal 2016

If you’ve something worth celebrating, it’s worth opening a bottle of special wine. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc is one of the three limited-edition Short Story Collection wines, made exclusively from hand-picked grapes.

This dark, intense red wine is full-bodied and smooth, and is excellent served with steak, oxtail, beef stroganoff, roasts, casseroles, stews, game, charcuterie and mature cheeses.

Sold from the cellar, R245 per bottle.

Waverley Hills Organic – Grenache 2017

Don’t you just love these new labels on the Waverley Hills Organic Wines? With Fynbos at the heart, each range has its own label …  we’re partial to the Protea.

Love the wines … too. The Grenache 2017 is a bright red, medium bodied and easy drinking wine, with flavours of watermelon, tropical fruit, violets and strawberries.

It’s lovely with cold meats and fresh breads, with duck and with seafood dishes. Get yours for R140 a bottle at all good local bottle stores. You are welcome

Roodeberg – Cabernet Sauvignon

Their wines are always fabulous and have become a firm fave in our wine racks! This full-bodied red is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon – all cranberries, spicy dry herbs and fruitcake with whiffs of cinnamon and dark chocolate.

A true South African original, it’s great with hearty winter stews and roasts and is a perfect fit with your favourite meat on the braai.  Around R85 at your local wine stockist.

Kleine Zalze – Shiraz Mourvédre Voignier 2016

We’re massive fans of Kleine Zalze wines – with their truly South African style, they’re refreshing, beautifully balanced and well-suited to food.

This month we’re drinking The Kleine Zalze Vineyards Selection Shiraz Mourvédre Voignier 2016 … Shiraz, Mourvédre and Viognier blend. It’s an elegant wine and you can drink now (and we are!) but for those who can wait, it will mature well for the next five years. Retails for R 139.


Kleine Zalze – Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

If we’re eating meat and drinking red, then we must say that the Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is an excellent choice.

You’ll smell black cherry and black plum, you’ll taste currant and cassis. Also retails for R 139 a bottle at your fave local retailer. Cheers!


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