Food & wine pairing – February 2019

February 5, 2019 (Last Updated: August 14, 2019)
Pavlova with a rosé cherry sauce and caramel mascarpone

This wine, for that dish

So much wine, so little time. Here are some standout pink wines to try this February, lovingly paired (see what we did there?) with delicious recipes from our magazine.

Bollinger Brut Rosé, R1 230

The month of love and the language of love go together like strawberries and cream. Treat your loved one to something French this Valentine’s Day: the Bollinger Brut Rosé is a blend of 62% pinot noir, 24% chardonnay and 14% pinot meunier. Fresh red fruit opens the champagne up, redolent of redcurrant, cherry and strawberry. The refined palate and mouth-coating mousse let you know you’re sipping on something special indeed.

Pair with: Avocado, prawn and smoked trout “burgers” with yoghurt-mayo dressing

WIN! We’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win a bottle of Bollinger Brut Rosé in a beautiful giftpack to charm your sweetheart with. This prize is valued at R1 230. To enter, simply complete the entry form below. Terms and conditions apply. Competition ends 28 February 2019.

Groote Post Brut Rosé NV, R146

Strawberry shortcake. Wild strawberries and raspberries come to the fore. Summer berries continue on the full and creamy palate, with an elegant fine-bubbled mousse that finishes refreshingly dry.

Pair with: Snoek and summer peaches with herb remoulade

Dainty Bess Pinot Noir MCC 2015, R240

Coming up roses. Jane Ferreira-Eedes named her pinot noir MCC after her mother’s favourite rose, the Dainty Bess. Fresh as its namesake bloom, aromatics of cherries, raspberries and rose water unfurl, leading to a core of bright red fruit on the refined, elegant palate, with a subtle, spiced leesy undertow.

Pair with: Pavlova with a rosé cherry sauce and caramel mascarpone

Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rosé 2017, R290

Channel the French summer with this Provençal style rosé from Anthonij Rupert Wyne in Franschhoek. The wine pays homage to Jean Roi, who was a French Huguenot from Provence who pioneered the L’Ormarins Wine Estate. A blend of cinsault, grenache and shiraz, this fresh rosé exhibits aromas of honeydew melon and citrus blossom. The melon theme continues on the palate evolving into stone fruits such as peaches and nectarines with a fresh, lemon-tinged finish.

Pair with: Mozambican peri-peri prawns

Flagstone’s Poetry Cinsault Rosé, R48

What’s Valentine’s without a bit of poetry? Reads the wine’s write up: “Poetry is romantic, poignant and it shows the compulsion of our heart, the engine of our ambition and the spirit of desire.” This juicy cinsault rosé with its expressive notes of mulberries, bramble, black and red cherries is like a walk through a summer forest; a little bit like liquid poetry in motion.

Pair with: Quinoa sushi platter with soya dipping sauce

Written by Malu Lambert, food & wine writer

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