Winter has crept up on South Africa and has well and truly enveloped Cape Town in her icy grip. Most Cape Tonians would agree that with the low temperatures brings a beautiful, moody feeling to Cape Town. The winter storms bring the lashing seas, driving rain and snow tipping the mountains that fringe the Cape. Afternoons are bathed in a dusty pink haze as the harbor shivers in the chilly winds.
What better to spend the day curled up at a fire, a great book and an even better bottle of red wine, snuggled against the howling Cape Storms outside? We couldn’t think of anything better than that and have a great list of the perfect wines to beat the cold outside.
This well structured, elegant wine has a strong blackberry and dried fruit undertone. Infused with spice, cedar wood, and mint this rich, hearty wine can be enjoyed now or in a few years. At R102 a bottle, you will be coming back for more.
The Chocolate Block is a poised and textured wine that is a local and international favourite and makes the perfect gift. Produced in Boekenhoutskloof the wine expresses abundant floral perfume as well as cedar, redcurrant, black pepper, coriander and suggestions of Turkish Delight. Softened red fruit follow onto the palate which is multilayered and exhibits marzipan, mineral notes and a silky structure. Get it here for R185 per bottle
This multiple award winning wine, including the prestigious 5 star Platters is a typical Bordeaux-style wine. It has a balance, smooth structure and has a longevity of five to eight years. Perfect for the chilly winter days, this wine goes perfectly with an oxtail stew or steak.
Also a classic Bordeaux- style blend, this wine has wonderful ageing capabilities. The nose is a perfectly layered mixture of plum, cedar wood, violets, and heavy spice. It is perfectly full bodied to warm up any winter, whether it be this or 15 years time and is the perfect companion to a warm, hearty meal. Get this great gift set for R329
If you are looking for a well priced wine with rich undertones of blackcurrant, violet and cedar aromas, with a more savory palate, this is your wine. This 2012 vintage is a steal at R99 a bottle, especially as the wine has a Platter 4 Star rating
A perfect snuggle companion, this Shiraz has not only won countless awards, but is the perfect combination of white pepper, red plums as well as a hint of floral notes. integrated in this deep purple wine are spices like vanilla, pepper, clove and cinnamon. Grab a bottle today for R265
This wine has been described as fresh and graceful yet ripe in flavour. While it demonstrates the intense blueberry and plum aromas, the chalky tannins coat the mouth when you sip it, without coming across as dry. It is a full, opulent palate that you can enjoy in front of a fire as the Cape Storms drive past your window. This expressive wine is yours for R299.
Receiving a 4 star Platter score, a wonderfully bodied wine demonstrates all of the fruit and oak flavours you are looking for in a blend. A perfect blend of Shiraz, intertwined with Merlot, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon, you can enjoy it now with most cheeses and meats or in five years for the low price of R119 a bottle.
Once again, a high scoring wine at the Platter Awards, this time with 4.5 stars, this blend brings all the colour and complexity you want on a chilly day. It is an interesting mix of Petite Sirah and Tannat and its pure grace offers plum, berries, violets and chocolate. For R439 per bottle, those cold winter days will feel warmer
And just for good measure, we threw in a Port to enjoy with your chocolate dessert or butter chicken curry. The Chocolate Cape Vintage from Boplaas is crafted from old vine Touriga Nacional and Tinta Barocca. Expect to taste black plum, bramble, piquant spice, peach, sweet apricots, kirsch and a touch of fynbos. Its purple black colour holds in a balance of spice, liquorice and cocoa finishes. At R69 a bottle, you cannot go wrong with this perfect ending to a winter meal.