Which Wines Should You Sip This Spring?

Warmer weather is slowly luring us outdoors. It’s springtime, which means we can once again soak up the sunshine with long lazy lunches under the trees. And what goes perfectly with a spring soiree? We’ve picked out some perfect wines that will complement your table.

Diemersdal Winter Ferment 2018

R140, diemersdal.co.za

I fell for the Diemersdal Winter Ferment as soon as I took my first sip last year. The grape must was frozen at -20°C soon after the grapes were harvested in February. The frozen must was then thawed in June this year, inoculated and allowed to ferment as per normal. This process results in really intense guava and gooseberry flavours, along with a super smooth mouthfeel. Every person I know who has tasted it instantly responds with yuuuuum, which is essentially what you really want from a good wine. It also received a very nice 91 points in the recent Tim Atkin report. And if I haven’t sold it enough yet, just know that I bought a box as soon as the 2018 vintage launched. No jokes, I love it.

Sutherland Reserve Grenache 2016

R300, thelema.co.za

Grenache is such a perfect inbetweener red wine, and ideal during this time of the year when we’re still seesawing between downpours and sunny days. I also love it as a summer red wine, when I’ll serve it slightly chilled.

The grapes for the Sutherland Reserve Grenache come from Elgin, a cooler valley that sees slower ripening resulting in beautifully concentrated flavours. It was also aged in older barrels for 17 months to add a bit of character without overpowering the inherent flavours. I am a huge fan of the Sutherland range in general and this one definitely adds something special to their repertoire.

Stellenbosch Hills Chenin Blanc 2018

R52, stellenbosch-hills.co.za

I just love a good Chenin. It’s refreshing yet soft and delicate, and I can easily keep drinking it all day. The Stellenbosch Hills Chenin Blanc 2018 is all round yummy, and at a very nice price.

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ou’ll catch notes of passion and stone fruit that balances beautifully with bright green apple, litchi and lemon zest. Try this one with a creamy seafood pasta or with grilled fish.

Delheim Pinotage Rosé 2018

R75, delheim.com

I’ll be honest, most of my love for rosè stems from the colour. The pale pink blush tones look exquisite on a spring table.

Beyond that, though, I also adore the crisp and slightly floral tones that you’ll find in newer styles of roseè – luckily we’ve moved beyond the sickly sweet stuff. It is a beautiful accompaniment to salmon, strawberries and goats cheese – can you pick up a colour theme here?

The new vintage of the Delheim Pinotage Rosè saw cooler, dry conditions while growing, which meant slower ripening and smaller berries. That means big flavour in the end.

They managed to get a stunning soft salmon pink. You’ll catch notes of pomegranate, cranberry, candy floss and blossoms on the nose, with fresh red berries on the palate.

Vriesenhof Unwooded Chardonnay 2017

R100, vriesenhof.co.za

Unwooded Chardonnay is quickly gaining on Sauvignon Blanc as the preferred drink for the summer months. And why not? A crisp Chard can offer fresh, refined flavours without that nudge of acidity that often becomes tiring in a Sauvignon Blanc.

The Vriesenhof Unwooded Chardonnay 2017 is very much easy going. The nose is floral and fruity with notes of marzipan, lemon zest and dried pear. This leads you into a clean palette with zesty hints of green apple. Sip it with your next plate of sushi.

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