Warming wines (including a winter white) paired with warming dishes to see you through the last stretch of the cold snap.
Journey’s End The Huntsman 2017, R95
Part of Journey’s End’s new Tales Series, this shiraz, mourvèdre, viognier blend is named after the original kennels the Gabb family found on their farm dating back to 1822, and where the winery now stands. Outstanding value. This aromatic wine opens with violets and spice. Dark brambleberries lie richly on the palate; the tannins are supple and smooth, the acidity, just refreshing enough.
Pair with: Cauliflower and roasted garlic soup.
Journey’s End Vineyards has rebranded its three ranges, and we’re giving away a four-pack of the quirky new Tales Series, valued at R360!
To enter, simply complete the entry form below. Terms and conditions apply. Competition ends 31 August 2019.
Raats Old Vine Chenin 2018, R350
Crafted from chenin blanc sourced from three Stellenbosch vineyards, with the average age of the vines being 40 years and older. Expressive aromas of white peach, blossom and yellow apple draws you into a palate of intense minerality layered with stone fruit. Super fresh and textured, this wine is something special.
Pair with: Cajun chicken with pineapple salsa.
Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2018, R394
Classically styled, this is a defined muscular pinot noir with deep flavours of black cherries, earthy tones and subtle spice. Smooth fruit, coated tannins and an undulating length. This wine just tastes like, more!
Pair with: Duck breast in raspberry jam herb marinade with caramelised onion and spinach salad.
La Motte Syrah 2016, R175
An interesting wine in that it also has a component (15 %) of Durif, otherwise known as petite syrah. The syrah as well as the Durif are 100% Franschhoek grown, cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche shares: “Syrah from Franschhoek contains a natural fruitiness that includes red berries and mulberry. The light soils complement the more elegant style that we enjoy making and we add a small percentage of Durif to contribute to the wine’s colour and texture.” It’s an elegant wine indeed redolent of dark plums, mulberries and black pepper. Featherweight and silky, it’s a wine to sink into.
Pair with: Beef fillet, aubergine, tomato and haloumi stack.
Kibali Windfall 2014, R220
A soft and juicy blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, mouvèdre and grenache. The wine hails from boutique cellar, Windfall in Robertson’s Agterkliphoogte Valley. A portion of the wine sales goes directly to the Nos Vies en Partage Foundation, an independent charity that was established by Randgold Resources humanitarian work on the African continent. Kibali gets its name from the Kibali Gold Mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nos Vies en Partage means ‘sharing prosperity’ and the organisation aims to assist with social development issues in Africa including the relief of poverty, promotion of education and primary health care amongst others with a particular focus on women and children.
Pair with: Mexican chocolate chilli rump.
Written by Malu Lambert, food & wine writer