South Africa is world renowned for our love of a good braai and it is well known that on any given weekend, braais are lit, the rugby is put on and family and friends gather around to clink glasses over the fire. September brings around even more excuse for South Africans to light that fire with Heritage Day, fondly referred to as National Braai Day, falling on the 24th. So, with fires about to be lit in unison across the country, we have come up with the perfect list of wines to enjoy next to the fire. Yes, we are fully aware that we are breaking tradition a bit and moving away from the usual beer with the ‘chop-n-dop’ ritual. We do however believe that we have put together the best list of easy drinking wines to suit any palate on the warm spring day as the smell of fire and boerewors fills the air.
Let’s start with a white wine which is crisp and delicious, and goes beautifully with both red or white meats. This Platter 4 star is great value for its price of R95 and brings all the delicious elements of a great Chenin into one bottle. It possesses mineral characters that sparkle with steely intensity alongside ripe stone fruit flavours and a spicy oak palate that pairs perfectly with both chicken on the braai and that staple potato salad. Expect a full-bodied wine that rounds up as the perfect food Chenin Blanc. We have the perfect suggestion for you to pair this wine with here . Think seeds, capers and marrows, its perfect to keep that summer body while having a braai.
This Pinot Noir is an easy drinking favourite. Brought to you by the much loved Iona estate which certainly never fails to disappoint, this wine is a must-have next to the fire. Expect fresh berries, cherries and delicious forest floor notes on the nose. This introduction is not let down by the palate as the sweet cherry flavours are simply backed up by an added depth of spicy tones and a full body of flavour. This tasty and moreish wine will compliment any meat on the braai, but goes especially well with steaks and lamb chops. Get your bottle for the great price of R135.
Are you perhaps having a fish braai and are looking for the perfect wine to complement it? Look no further! Created by the Bruwer family at Springfield for this purpose, this perfect blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Pinot Gris, was created to pair perfectly with any fish dish. Named after the endangered Stump Nose, which is fondly referred to as Miss Lucy by Cape fisherman, this is a unique creation made by the farm. If you are thinking of Snoek on the braai, this wine explodes with grapefruit on the nose, followed by added melon on the palate. It is crisp, citrusy and an absolute must-have for only R109. We have a great recipe for Crayfish with spicy butters for you to try with this wine.
No braai is really complete without some bubbles, and an easy drinking, light sparkling wine is definitely the way to go while preparing the salads or standing next to the fire. This light, bubbly Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect fun, fresh and crisp layer of bubbles that you can pair with both fish, chicken or the salad. You can expect both a nose and palate of fig, guava and passion fruit and is the perfect fit for the sunny, warm braai day next to the pool. Make sure you get your bottle for the great low price of R110. Do you love a great green salad? Why don’t you add a classic apple pie as dessert for the braai?
An easy drinking, light red blend is usually very hard to come by, but this is the real deal. Its great low price means that it is also great value for money and it is the perfect answer for next to the braai. This Shiraz dominated wine has a wide range of notes from red fruits to spice, pepper and smoke. Grown, made and matured in the Swartland, the wine comes from an estate owned by the Badenhorst cousins, who’s grandfather was the farm manager at Groot Constantia for 46 years. The wine is complex and delicious; on the palate, it is smooth, delicate and beautifully drinkable. For R89 a bottle, you simply cannot go wrong. For a traditional South African meal, we could recommend Springbok trinchado with roosterkoek and roasted garlic. Get the recipe here.
If you are looking for a smooth, juicy pink wine, at R65, you cannot go wrong with the De Grendel Rosé. With its strawberry and watermelon nose, the palate kicks in with
strawberries and is backed up by a lovely zest with a dry drinkability. Serve this blend of Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon crisp and chilled. The wine, produced at the De Grendel estate is the perfect marriage of tradition and new age technology. It is focussed on the old way of making wine and making sure that the wine perfectly expresses the terroir and environment.