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Our Top 10 Wines for Summer Drinking

 
Dust off the BBQ and enjoy a few glasses of wine in the garden. But do not confine yourself to light, fresh whites and crisp, dry rosés, there are a plethora of reds that taste great from the fridge and pair really well with all the BBQ classics.

Secateurs Chenin Blanc, South Africa, 2018  

A pure fruity driven style; a palate of apple skins and white peach flesh, lifted by a salty mineral note. Lively crisp acidity and grassy herbal notes. Easy and mouthfilling. Tangy and definitely Chenin. A great introduction to New Wave South African wine!

 

Bodegas Astobiza Txakoli, Spain, 2018  

Much easier to drink than to pronounce the name! This Basque speciality, popular in the Pintxos bars of San Sebastien is refreshingly dry and lively, tasty and well balanced, with a persistent mineral, aromatic finish. Serve cold, ideal with sashimi, and sushi, perfect with simply grilled little oily fish and cold seafood.

 

Beauvignac Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, France, 2018  

Fragrant aromas of pear and white flowers leap enticingly from the glass leading to a palate that is crisp and lively with hints of grapefruit and exotic fruits. A thirst-quenchingly mineral wine that is the perfect choice with seafood, and great Fragrant aromas of pear and white flowers leap enticingly from the glass leading to a palate that is crisp and lively with hints of grapefruit and exotic fruits. Known as the Muscadet of the South in France this is a thirst-quenchingly mineral wine that is the perfect choice as a seafood partner, particularly oysters or with fish and chips!

 

Forrest Estate The Doctors Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2018  

A classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that leaps from the glass; crisp with ample acidity. Herbs, tropical fruits and citrus flavours with strong lime juice character on the palate. All this at a low 9.5% alcohol. What’s not to like about that?!A classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that leaps from the glass with red capsicum, passionfruit and fresh herbs; it’s full and satisfying to taste with that crisp refreshing tropical Marlborough finish, with just a mere suggestion of sweetness on the finish. All this at a modest 9.5% alcohol. What’s not to like about that?!

 

Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Rosé, Ventoux, France, 2018

Delightful pale pink in colour with flavours of wild strawberry and peach fruits. Clean, crisp, fresh and medium-bodied, a terrific rose that’s going to shine indoors or out over the coming summer months. 

 

Bonotto Delle Tezze Raboso Rosato Frizzante NV, Italy

Who doesn’t love a good bottle of bubbly! This brightly pink sparkler shows aromas of raspberry and strawberry, followed by sweet fruit flavoursthis brightly pink sparkler shows sweet aromas of raspberry and strawberry, followed by sweet fruit flavors. It’s perfect for picnics and parties. Like any good frizzante, the effervescence is soft, creamy and not too intense. This Prosecco Frizzante has a fine crisp elegant floral bouquet with hints of fresh cut bread and hints of lemon.

 

Cantina Colterenzio Lagrein, Sudtirol/Alto Adige, Italy, 2017  

Delicious soft, silky black fruit flavours and hints of dark chocolate. Mouth-filling and spicy on the palate, it will pair perfectly with pizza or tomato-based pasta dishes. Lagrein's unique character has earned it a favoured place among Italy's top wines.

 

Familia Martínez Bujanda Joven, Rioja, Spain, 2018  

Joven Riojas are young, fresh and fruity. This one from the Bujanda family vineyards is a perfect sipper and refreshing in the warmer weather with a slight chill, around 14°c. Medium bodied with food-friendly acidity. A brilliant party wine, try with foods like tapas, chorizo, patés, white meats, fish and cheese. Vegan Friendly.

 

Boekenhoutskloof Wolftrap Red, South Africa, 2017

A classic Rhône style blend - riclassic Rhône style blend classic Rhône style blend ch opulent flavours of dark fruit, violets, black pepper and liquorice. Round and smooth palate with a lingering soft finish. Hints of oak, soft tannins and voluptuous flavours makes for early, easy drinking. Great with steaks and barbequed meats. The nose entices with its abundance of ripe plums, blueberries, slight spiciness and heady whiffs of violets. Dark berry fruit, liquorice and notes of sweet tobacco and cocoa follow through onto a vibrant mid-palate with bright, svelte tannins and a silky texture. The wine shows exceptional balance with fresh, integrated acidity. Red plums, black olives and lavender linger on a mouthwatering finish. Great with steaks and barbequed meats.

 

Vina Casablanca Cefiro Pinot Noir, Chile, 2017

Our most popular Pinot Noir, accessible and affordable. It is ruby red in colour with blackberries cherries and chocolate aromas. Smooth textured, sweetly-fruited and easy going. Marries to perfection with tuna tartare or recipies featuring duck.

The Tasting Room, Boekenhoutskloof

 

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