Weekly wine pick: South Africa - Week #1

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As request, and something we have been wanting to do for a while now, here is our weekly selection of wines to showcase on the Best Wine Guide. These wine are all either Platter's four stars or more rated wines or award winning wines, as awarded by the likes of Veritas, Michelangelo, Decantor and more.

These wine represent some of the best wines produced in South Africa and we hope our selection will accommodate as many wine lovers as possible.

Please note: Not for sale to persons under the age of 18. Drink responsibly.

WARWICK Wine Estate Cabernet Franc 2014

 WARWICK Wine Estate Cabernet Franc 2014

"A deep dark ruby and purple colour promises body and power on this wine. The aromas of fresh earth, minerals, black cherry and mocha certainly deliver all the traits of a wine that is dominated by clean, linear fruit and a hedonistic mouthful of soft juicy tannins. The flesh and weight of the wine make it voluptuous and abundant with a long, round and lush finish.

A freshly made tagliatelle with a duck ragout would be truly outstanding, or even just the pasta with a few fresh truffle shavings would make this combo memorable. A grilled rib eye steak on the bone with an anchovy butter and some creamed spinach would also work. It is a great cheese match but keep the cheese to the gooey kind and steer away from blue cheese as it is very hard to match for any wine." ~ www.warwick.com

platters 5star2017

Available from: CyberCeller.com - R359 per 750ml bottle

KLEINE ZALZA Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

 KLEINE ZALZA Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

"A beautiful wine that is very typical of the vintage. A rich bouquet of dark berries and cedar wood give way to full palate initially with waves of cassis and currants followed by more savoury back palate. The fine grained tannin profile gives this wine great structure, yet without compromising Kleine Zalze’s signature elegance. A great example of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon at its finest!" ~ www.kleinezalze.co.za

Pairs well with roast beef tagliata, mushroom stroganoff or even a mushroom pizza.

platters 5star2017

Available from: CyberCeller.com - R269 per 750ml bottle

BOSMAN FAMILY VINEYARDS Twyfeling Cinsaut 2015

BOSMAN FAMILY VINEYARDS Twyfeling Cinsaut 2015

"A new release by Bosman Family wines, this wine is gaining attention sure to pave a bright future for Cinsaut in South Africa. A luscious and concentrated wine, that is bold in its flavours of fresh red berries and spice, but elegant in its tannin structure and underlying savoury notes. “The renaissance of Cinsaut is apon us. I would be quite proud if we could reclaim it as a South African viticulture heritage and I hope this wine will help pave the way” ~ Corlea Fourie, winemaker.

Pairs well with Escargot, most red meat dishes and grilled portabello mushrooms.

platters 5star2017

Available from: CyberCeller.com - R195 per 750ml bottle

CEDERBERG Private Cellar Ghost Corner Semillon 2015

Cederberg Private Cellar Ghost Corner Semillon 2015

"Showcasing exceptional cool-climate minerality alongside a refined, aromatic profile, the Ghost Corner Semillon from Cederberg Private Cellar, is an elegantly balanced and rewarding wine. Sparkling notes of green fig, nettle and white fruit characters arrange themselves in an aromatic bouquet that is upheld by a subtle mineral quality. From nose to palate, the flavours translate with wonderful charm, allowing earthy and mineral characters to display their prowess on the mid-palate. A smattering of French oak adds wonderful depth and smokiness to the palate, combining a creamy sensation with natural acidity that results in a well-structured and exquisitely balanced wine." ~ www.cybercellar.com

Pairs well with cured meats, fish, pork chops and roast beef

platters 5star2017

Available from: CyberCeller.com - R185 per 750ml bottle

CONSTANTIA UITSIG Chardonnay Reserve 2016

Constantia Uitsig Estate Chardonnay Reserve 2016

"The Chardonnay Reserve from cooler-climate Constantia Uitsig Estate, achieves an elegantly poised balance between fruit, acid and well-integrated wood. Rich aromas of butterscotch and vanilla are juxtaposed by bright citrus notes. Elegant and soft on the palate, the wine displays a supple body with refined woody traits that lend the wine it’s characteristically long and dry finish. This decadently rich Chardonnay is a true expression of its varietal." ~ www.cybercellar.com

Pairs exquisitely with mild curries, cream-based fish and chicken dishes as well as soft white-rind cheeses.

platters 5star2017

Available from: CyberCeller.com - R185 per 750ml bottle

BON COURAGE Jacques Bruere Cuvee Rose Brut MCC 2010

Bon Courage Cap Classique Jacques Bruere Cuvee Rose Brut 2010

Bon Courage is responsible for some of South Africa's best Cap Classiques. All are produced using the traditional technique of second bottle fermentation and are only released after spending 3 years being meticulously cellared. The Cap Classique Jacques Bruére Cuvée Rosé Brut is a beautifully elegant wine with powerful yeasty aromas on the nose, along with subtle nuances of lemon and raspberry. The palate shows a rich, velvety character and is filled with flavours of red berries offset by a mineral underpinning." ~ www.cybercellar.com

Pair it with seafood-based canapés, salmon, oysters, tuna, sushi, Asian-style dishes, prosciutto, red berry desserts and rich cheeses.

platters 5star2017michelangelo doublegold2017 Available from: CyberCeller.com - R193 per 750ml bottle

 

This week's selection of quality wines is available from Cyber Cellar

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Which wine/s from this week's selection have you tried? We would love read your tasting notes and pairing suggestions in the comments below.

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Brendan Ihmig

Founder and editor in chief of Best Guide Inc. Loves watches, pens, coffee and wine. When not writing, he can be found with his family or playing video games.

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