If there was a foolproof red for this time of year, it would be Pinot Noir. Light and juicy, it makes a splendid fridge red. It’s also refined and an extremely versatile food pairing wine – thanks to its higher acidity and lower tannin – making it perfect for pouring at festive occasions. Speaking of this time of year, Jean Engelbrecht (the man behind Rust en Vrede, Guardian Peak and Donkiesbaai to name a few) has just released the maiden vintage of his new project – a one-of-its-kind Pinot Noir grown high up in the clouds on the Ceres Plateau. Pegged to become a cult wine, this is one of the last but also most exciting premium releases of the year!