Christmas dinner is always the most anticipated meal of the year. It usually consists of everyone’s favourite dishes with all the trimmings and a decorated table groaning under the weight of all of the food. We have come up with the perfect wine list to take the hassle out of trying to choose which wine to pair with each dish.
Christmas is not really Christmas without some bubbles, and we have the perfect bottle for you to pop at the dinner table. Pairing perfectly with your choice of canapés, this MCC is absolute value for money. It is crisp, smooth and deliciously easy drinking. Its nose is a contrast of lime and sweet cranberry with red fruit aromas. The palate is a crisp peach, pomegranate mouth. It has a delicious leesy, creamy feel with a lingering dry refreshing end. It is a very easy drinking, not to be missed MCC for only R209.
Should you be serving a seafood dish, whether it be a prawn cocktail or line fish, the Paul Cluver Dry Encounter Riesling is the wine to pair with this dish. It opens up with green apple tones together with fynbos honey and beeswax. On the palate is a weightier lemon sorbet-like characteristic with a good acidic and sugar interaction. Rounding off the wine is a powerful mineral backbone which adds a solid structure and long finish. At R99 per bottle, this is a great value for money wine to add to the table.
If you are looking for something special to spoil your guests with at the dinner table, this is the perfect white to open at the table. The David & Nadia brand is an award winning and highly reputable brand and we will be serving their gorgeous Grenache with our turkey this year. It is a beautifully tight and youthful wine with firm grape tannins. The nose demonstrates a pomegranate and sour cherry perfume and the palate opens up into a complex, highly sophisticated mouth. Treat yourself to it for R325 a bottle.
As the name suggests, the wine demonstrates delicious chocolate and mocha on the nose. The palate opens up a dark berry profile steeped in hints of coffee beans and
mocha characteristics. It has smooth, silky textures with a supple body as it opens up with rich berry and cherry sensations on the mouth. This value for money, easy drinking treat will pair with your roast meat and potatoes. Make sure you open a few bottles during the starter to allow the wine to breathe for a full, delicious taste when you serve it during the main. R79 will get you a bottle of this delicious red.
If you are looking for a wine to seriously impress your guests around the dinner table, we look no further than the Seriously Old Dirt. This is the second vintage release of the small production Seriously Old Dirt from Vilafonte. It is a rich, dense, complex wine. Aromas of black currant, black cherries, balsamic and fruitcake, lifted with warm aromas of nutmeg and all spice. The mouth is luscious and soft with a firm acidity and vibrant expressions. Pair this wine with your gammon dish and make sure to decanter it before serving for it to fully open up! Get yours for only R190 while stocks last.
Christmas dinner is not complete without a decadent dessert of with rich chocolate flavours or an array of vibrant fruit and berries. Add a cheese board and your meal is complete! For the final course, we recommend the delicious dessert wine by Joostenberg. Ripe notes of pineapple, lime, rich honeycomb come through on the nose as well as the palate. It is a perfectly balanced treat with an edge of acidity to cut through the high sugar. Buy a bottle for only R149!