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Food and Wine Pairing

  • Christmas pudding and wine

    Hard to Find Wines partners with Fresh & Lush, an excellent catering company, for our events at High Grosvenor. We asked Tom Kearns of Fresh & Lush if he would part with his secret Christmas pudding recipe so we could include it in this blog post and pair it with a few wines. We are delighted that he agreed!

    It turns out that Tom's secret recipe is actually an old recipe from the 1861 Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, more commonly known today as “Mrs Beeton’s Cookbook”. A true classic amongst cookbooks, most of the recipes were illustrated with coloured engravings. It was the first book to show recipes in the format that we still use today.

    In addition to cooking, entries include tips on how to deal with servants’ pay and children’s health. It was an immediate best-seller, selling 60,000 copies in its first year and selling nearly a total of two million copies up to 1868. It can still be found in some homes today.


     

    Here is Mrs Beeton’s recipe for Christmas Pudding, followed by two wines we suggest as suitable pairings.

    CHRISTMAS PLUM PUDDING

    INGREDIENTS

    1–1/2 lb of raisins
    1/2 lb of currants
    1/2 lb of mixed peel
    3/4 lb of bread crumbs
    3/4 lb of suet
    8 eggs
    1 wineglassful of brandy

    1. Stone and cut the raisins in halves, but do not chop them; wash, pick, and dry the currants, and mince the suet finely; cut the candied peel into thin slices, and grate down the bread into fine crumbs.

    2. When all these dry ingredients are prepared, mix them well together; then moisten the mixture with the eggs, which should be well beaten, and the brandy.

    3. Stir well, that everything may be very thoroughly blended, and press the pudding into a buttered mould; tie it down tightly with a floured cloth, and boil for 5 or 6 hours. It may be boiled in a cloth without a mould, and will require the same time allowed for cooking.

    4. As Christmas puddings are usually made a few days before they are required for table, when the pudding is taken out of the pot, hang it up immediately, and put a plate or saucer underneath to catch the water that may drain from it.

    5. The day it is to be eaten, plunge it into boiling water, and keep it boiling for at least 2 hours; then turn it out of the mould, and serve with brandy-sauce.

    6. On Christmas Day a sprig of holly is usually placed in the middle of the pudding, and about a wineglassful of brandy poured round it, which, at the moment of serving, is lighted, and the pudding thus brought to table encircled in flame.

    Time 5 or 6 hours the first time of boiling; 2 hours the day it is to be served.


    Mrs Beeton's recipe is a decidedly more complicated recipe than what we are accustomed to today, but acquiring great wines to go with a Christmas pudding are much easier! Here are our suggested pairings for whichever Christmas pudding you might be serving this year.

    De Krans Cape Tawny NV
    £17.99

    A bottle of De Krans Cape Tawny

    While it is difficult for our vintage Port lovers to rave over any tawny, this really has the quality and complexity to justify listing. Tawny is one of the few growth areas in the Port market and this competes with the best. Although averaging 8 years, a small amount of young wine is added to the final blend, which gives this a fresher taste and colour than most Tawnies of this age.

    Barros 10 Year Old Tawny Port
    £19.99

    A bottle of Barros 10 year old tawny port

    With a brown-tawny colour, presents a nose densely marked by the dried fruit aromas, where stands-out the delicate vanilla and chocolate notes. The soft and silky texture and the subtle nuances of wood are balanced by a fresh acidity and impetus tannic which culminates with a long and elegant finish.

    Perfect as a gift this wine comes in a Barros presentation box.

    If a Vintage Port is what you are looking for this Christmas, visit our website for our selection.

  • Christmas Wine Pairing

    Which wines will you be serving?

    We spend a lot of time preparing for Christmas lunch or dinner. Here are some Christmas wine pairing suggestions for the Christmas celebrations to save you time wondering which wines to serve.


     

    Aperitif

    Pol Roger Brut Champagne NV
    £39.00

    A bottle of Pol Roger Champagne

    Champagne or Sparkling Wine is a very accommodating wine and can be served as an aperitif or with any course of your menu.

    The Brut Réserve is a blend in equal parts of the three champenois grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Served at Prince William and Prince Harry's weddings, Pol Roger is very reasonably priced at £39 per bottle. Available in a gift box.


     

    Turkey

    GlenWood Grand Duc Chardonnay 2015
    £40.00

    A bottle of GlenWood Grand Duc Chardonnay 2015

    Beautifully crafted with pure and precise flavours of yellow stone fruit, dried mango, nuts and vanilla. A crisp elegant structure with a long lingering soft finish. Full oaking but integrated perfectly.


     

    Gammon

    Larry Cherubino Ad Hoc Cruel Mistress Pinot Noir 2016
    £17.99

    A bottle of Larry Cherubino Ad Hoc Cruel Mistress Pinot Noir 2016

    A light Pinot with sweet clove and black cherry aromas. Sweet spice, smoky, leather and black plum flavours on the palate, all beautifully balanced.


     

    Fish

    Orange River Chenin Blanc 2018
    £7.49

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    A pale yellow hue with a subtle green tinge. Dry white offering delicious flavours of pear, litchi and guava. Very easy drinking and smooth.


     

    Dessert

    Chateau Filhot Grand Cru Classe Sauternes 2009 (375ml)
    £23.50

    A bottle of Chateau Filhot Grand Cru Classe Sauternes 2009

    A luxurious Sauternes from Bordeaux with a silky mouthfeel, slightly sticky, apricots and peaches, lychee and hints of eucalyptus.


     

    Mixed case

    Luxury Christmas Selection (6 bottles)
    £245.00

    A half case of luxury Christmas wines

    Six bottles are included in this luxury selection of Christmas wines:
    Pol Roger Brut Champagne NV
    Giles Morat Sur La Roche Pouilly Fuisse 2016
    Glenwood Grand Duc Chardonnay 2015
    Robert Mondavi Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Caro Baron de Rothschild 2014
    Chateau Filhot Grand Cru Classe Sauternes 2009 (375ml)


     

    If you want to select only one or two wines for your Christmas celebration, we recommend a Pinot Noir and a Sparkling wine. Overall, Pinot Noir pairs well with most light and dark meats and a variety of dishes. And of course, who can enjoy a celebratory meal without Sparkling wine!

  • Five Fun Itinerary Ideas - Cape Winelands

    It's the start of the summer season in South Africa and that means it's the time of year that visitors from the UK make their way to the Cape Winelands. Here are five must do's to add to any itinerary when visiting Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

    Picnics at Mont Rochelle

    In addition to the Country Kitchen and Miko Restaurant, Mont Rochelle offers delicious picnics baskets. Two adults can share a basket that includes cheeses, charcuteries, salads, wraps and more (especially the delicious dessert). Kids under 12 receive their own basket with a child-appropriate menu.

    For more information, visit Mont Rochelle's website here.

    MCC and canapes at Le Lude

    We always have time for bubbles and the perfect spot to enjoy a tasting of Method Cap Classique is at Le Lude in Franschhoek. Their enchanting and beautiful setting complements their wonderful wines and their canape tasting is definitely worth trying. Le Lude offers three canape options, including a selection for vegetarians.

    The rose garden at Le Lude

    While at Le Lude, make sure you take in their glorious rose garden and the views across the surrounding Franschhoek mountains.

    For more information, visit Le Lude's website here.

    Find Wine and Food Pairing at GlenWood

    The tranquil setting at GlenWood is the perfect backdrop for a very innovative tasting experience. On arrival, you will be presented with a specifically designed tasting palette offering six tastings that compliment six of GlenWood's wines. After tasting, select your lunch main course from your favourite tasting and a glass of wine to accompany it.

    GlenWood Fine Wine and Food Experience

    You will not be disappointed by this perfectly planned and prepared tasting! The exquisite wines and the delicious meals accompanying them are not to be missed.

    Learn more on the GlenWood website here.

    Horseback Wine Tasting at Rickety Bridge and Mont Rochelle

    This is one for the horse lovers among us! Beginner or advanced, this experience will be one you thoroughly enjoy.

    The wine tasting on horseback experience begins at Paradise Stables and lasts around four hours. You pass GlenWood and ride towards Rickety Bridge where you will stop for a wine tasting. After that, it's back on the horses and on to Mont Rochelle for another wine tasting.

    Horseback wine tour stopping at Rickety Bridge

    Such beautiful vistas surround you on this unique tasting and excellent wines await you at each stop. You will be so pleased you included this on your itinerary.

    For more information, visit Paradise Stables' website here.

    Duck Parade and Saturday Market at Vergenoegd

    The very first vineyard at the start of the Stellenbosch Winelands, closest to Cape Town, is the Vergenoegd Low Wine Estate. Along with very good wines, they also have a very novel parade by their pest controlling Indian Runner Ducks a few times a day.

    Vergenoegd Duck Parade

    Each Saturday, Vergenoegd hosts a market from 9am until 3pm, offering crafts, food, beverages, wine tastings and live entertainment. If fitness is your thing, then why not start Saturday off with an early morning run at 8am, hosted by Vergenoegd.

    For more information on these and other activities offered by Vergenoegd, visit their website here.

    There are so many other activities to enjoy when visiting the Cape Winelands. Are there any others you are looking forward to when visiting? Let us know and we can feature those on an upcoming blog post.

  • GlenWood Vineyards' Recent Awards

    On Thursday, 4 October and Saturday, 6 October, DP Burger of GlenWood Vineyards in Franschhoek, South Africa will be hosting events with Hard To Find Wines in celebration of GlenWood's award-winning wines.

    To give some perspective on how excellent their wines are, here are some of GlenWood Vineyards' recent awards.

     


     

     

     Glenwood - Chardonnay - Vigneron's Selection - 2015

    Vigneron’s Selection Chardonnay 2016

    - Decanter World Wine Awards – Silver
    - International Wine and Spirits Competition – Silver
    - South African Wine Index – Platinum (95+)
    - Prescient Chardonnay Report – 92 points
    - Franschhoek Appellation Grand Prestige Status
    - Chardonnay du Monde – Silver
    - Vitis Vinifera – Gold
    - Winemag Chardonnay Report – 92 points

    A bottle of GlenWood Grand Duc Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Grand Duc Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    - SA Terroir Wine Awards – Best in District
    - Platter’s 4.5* (92 points)

    GlenWood Grand Duc Noblesse NV

    Grand Duc Noblesse 2014

    - Winemag Sweet Wine report – 90 points

    Would you like to learn of previous awards won by GlenWood? Take a look at one of our previous blog posts.

    For more information on our upcoming London and Shropshire GlenWood events, visit our blog here. Book your tickets - don't delay!

  • Announcing the GlenWood Event Menu!

    The amazing 7-course menu created by Tom Kearns of Fresh & Lush for our GlenWood event in Shropshire on Saturday, 6 October has just been released! Here it is, to whet your appetite:

    Canapes
    Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017
    In-house made biltong with Wrekin Blue on salt and rosemary focaccia croutes
    Ras el hanout chicken with preserved lemon yoghurt and pickled vegetables
    Arancini with Parmesan and salsa verde


     

    Bread
    Unoaked Chardonnay 2016
    In-house made bread with smoked butter and salsa verde


     

    Starter
    Vignerons Selection Chardonnay 2015
    Pumpkin gnocchi served with Pecorino Romano and amaretti biscuits


     

    Mid
    Merlot 2016
    Pressed pork terrine, crackling crumbed quail egg, rosemary and apple jelly
    - Strawberry Field Farm woodland-reared Oxford Sandy and Black pigs -


     

    Main
    Vignerons Selection Shiraz 2015
    Pit-smoked Berber spiced lamb shoulder, vine tomato reduction, pickled vegetables, mint and preserved lemon giant couscous
    - Strawberry Field Farm award-winning Shropshire lamb -


     

    Cheese course
    Grand duc Syrah 2014
    Warm three cheese rarebit with pickled figs


     

    Pudding
    Grand Duc Noblesse NV
    Torta caprese with zabaglione and poached pear sorbet


     

    Buy your tickets now to make sure you secure your place at the table!

    Food and wine pairing: £80 per person
    Food and wine pairing with one night's B&B: £175 per person

    Or call us on 01746 389 749 or email sales@htfwines.co.uk for more information.

  • Meet GlenWood Vineyards' Cellar Master, DP Burger In Person

    Celebrate GlenWood Wines with Cellar Master, DP Burger, in October!

    Join DP Burger for two exclusive evenings!

    Meet the Cellar Master
    Thursday, 4 October 2018 in London from 6pm

    An Evening of Food and Wine
    Saturday, 6 October at High Grosvenor in Shropshire from 7pm


    DP Burger has been at GlenWood Vineyards since 1991 and has developed the farm from the start. His family has lived in Franschhoek for five generations. DP's great-great-grandfather witnessed and recorded the departure of the last elephant from the Franschhoek valley in 1868!

    Learn more about DP's history with GlenWood and his passion for wine on another recent blog post.

    A photo of DP Burger, winemaker at GlenWood Vineyards in his cellar


    Venues

    Meet the Cellar Master
    Thursday, 4 October 2018
    6-9pm
    The Chesterfield Mayfair, London

    An evening of wine tasting and canapés hosted by DP Burger, showcasing the full range of GlenWood wines as well as back vintages.

    The evening will be held at The Chesterfield Mayfair, 35 Charles Street, Mayfair London W1J 5EB starting at 6pm.

    Tickets
    £10 per person

    For here for more information and tickets.


    An Evening of Food and Wine with GlenWood
    Saturday, 6 October 2018
    7pm
    High Grosvenor, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

    Starting at 7pm, DP will introduce GlenWood's wines paired with a carefully planned and prepared menu designed by Tom Kearns of Fresh & Lush.

    The evening will be held at Hard To Find Wines' Tasting Room with accommodation available in our beautiful, newly renovated 16th Century Tudor house, High Grosvenor, for those who would like the option of accommodation on-site. Contact us for details of other nearby accommodation.

    Tickets
    Food and wine pairing: £80 per person
    Food and wine pairing with one night's B&B: £175 per person

    For more information and tickets:

    Food and wine pairing tickets
    Food and wine pairing with one night's B&B tickets

    High Grosvenor, our beautiful, newly-renovated, 16th Century Tudor


    Menu

    An amazing 7-course menu has been created by Tom Kearns of Fresh & Lush for our GlenWood event in Shropshire on Saturday, 6 October 2018.

    Canapes
    Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017
    In-house made biltong with Wrekin Blue on salt and rosemary focaccia croutes
    Ras el hanout chicken with preserved lemon yoghurt and pickled vegetables
    Arancini with Parmesan and salsa verde

    Bread
    Unoaked Chardonnay 2016
    In-house made bread with smoked butter and salsa verde

    Starter
    Vignerons Selection Chardonnay 2015
    Pumpkin gnocchi served with Pecorino Romano and amaretti biscuits

    Mid
    Merlot 2016
    Pressed pork terrine, crackling crumbed quail egg, rosemary and apple jelly
    - Strawberry Field Farm woodland-reared Oxford Sandy and Black pigs -

    Main
    Vignerons Selection Shiraz 2015
    Pit-smoked Berber spiced lamb shoulder, vine tomato reduction, pickled vegetables, mint and preserved lemon giant couscous
    - Strawberry Field Farm award-winning Shropshire lamb -

    Cheese course
    Grand Duc Syrah 2014
    Warm three cheese rarebit with pickled figs

    Pudding
    Grand Duc Noblesse NV
    Torta caprese with zabaglione and poached pear sorbet


    For tickets and enquiries, please see our website or email sales@htfwines.co.uk.

    Do not delay! Spaces are limited.

  • Alvarinho - a Truly Celebrated Wine!

    It's International Alvarinho Day on 2 August! And because Alvarinho is such a popular wine, each year the wine festival Fiesta del Albariño, takes place in Cambados, Spain! This year, the festival will run from 1 to 5 August.

    If you are unfamiliar with Alvarinho (also called Albariño), it is a light-bodied dry white wine grown mostly in Spain and Portugal. Best known for high acidity, citrus flavours and a touch of saltiness, it is often compared to Viognier and Gerwurztraminer,  with its botanical aromas and stone fruits, Pinot Gris and Chenin Blanc.

    Where Alvarinho Grows

    Alvarinho is traditionally grown in Portugal and Spain. Spanish Alvarinho wines are usually labeled Rias Baixas and in Portugal, Alvarinho is often blended into Vinho Verde wines. Alvarinho is spreading internationally and can now be found growing in California, Argentina, New Zealand and as far away as Brazil and Uruguay.

    Hard To Find Wines stocks Alvarinho from Quinta Do Ermizio in Portugal. For available wines, read on!

    Alvarinho Tasting Notes

    Served cold, Alvarinho has aromas of citrus (lemon, lime and grapefruit), pear, honeysuckle, nectarine and beeswax, held together with subtle minerality. The taste offers acidity, saltiness and a subtle bitterness.

    As the temperature increases in the glass, the flavours evolve to apricot, apple and pear notes.

    Many Alvarinho wines can age for up to 7 years but it is usually best enjoyed within 2 years  the vintage to maintain the acidity and fruity aromas.

    How to Serve Alvarinho Wines

    While Alvarinho is wonderful enjoyed as an aperitif, its high acidity and slight bitterness make it an ideal food pairing wine.

    Serve Alvarinho with seafood, white meats and light-coloured sauces. Alvarinho works particularly well with dishes enhanced with citrus flavours or aromatic herbs. Vietnamese, Thai and California-style Sushi pair well, as do ceviche, seafood pasta and shrimp.

    Quinta Do Ermizio
    Vinha Do Bouca 2016
    £12.99

    A bottle of Quinta Vinha da Bouca

    Gold Medal Albarinhos Al Monde

    A different and very mineral Alvarinho. Delicate bouquet combined with soft and fresh palate developing fruit and mineral hints. Good structure and mouth-filling with a long a clean finish. This is a wine with a refreshingly and harmonious aftertaste. Only 10,000 bottles produced.

    Quinta Do Ermizio
    Vinha Do Cuco 2016
    £10.99

    A bottle of Quinta Vinha du Coco

    A blend of Alvarinho (70%) and Loureiro (30%), this charming wine has an elegant and distinct nose.  The palate is round and intense, lovely fruit and fresh acidity, with a clean and mineral finish. The combination of a discrete nose with mouth feeling makes this wine very pleasant to drink. Only 10,000 bottles produced.

  • New Arrival: Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017

    Haute Cabriere's 2017 vintage of their very popular Chardonnay Pinot Noir has just arrived at Hard To Find Wines!

    "The 2017 vintage yielded grapes of outstanding quality, resulting in a beautiful balance of fruit and acidity." says Cellar Master Takuan von Arnim.


     

    Cellar Master's Reflections

    The two noble Burgundian cultivars of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir form the cornerstone of Haute Cabrière’s wine culture.

    Haute Cabrière, situated on the foot of the Franschhoek Pass, was the first winery in South Africa to produce a still wine from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - a blend traditionally used exclusively for Méthode Cap Classique and Champagne. Chardonnay contributes elegance, and Pinot Noir intensity and richness.

    This blend consists of predominantly unwooded Chardonnay, rounded off with Pinot Noir. Combined in perfect proportions, resulting in a white blend with an abundance of fruit on the nose and a slight creaminess on the palate.


     

    Haute Cabriere
    Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017
    From £9.99

    A bottle of Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017

    John Platter - 4 stars

    This enticing blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir shows elegant fruit and acidity, creating the perfect balance. You will find an abundance of zesty fruit - most notably white peach, pineapple, lime, followed by subtle red berry fruit - with a delectable full mouthfeel.

    Click here to order your bottles today!


     

    "This latest 2017 vintage has achieved one of its highest ratings in recent years and is a favourite at Hard to Find Wines HQ!

    An iconic wine from the Franschhoek valley, this unique blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir was pioneered by the estate in the early 90's. This vintage shows an incredible freshness yet maintains its signature balance of white stone fruit, peaches and lychee ending on a beautiful berry finish.

    A most versatile wine which can be enjoyed as much on its own as with food pairings."

    - Mark Davies, Hard to Find Wines


     

    Recommended pairings

    Seafood and chicken dishes as well as Mediterranean flavours.

    Click here to order your bottles today!

    Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017 with food

  • Food and Wine Pairing: Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017

    A big favourite at Hard to Find Wines HQ is Haute Cabrière’s Chardonnay Pinot Noir. Whilst it’s a perfect wine to drink on its own, Chardonnay Pinot Noir works very well with seafood.

    Here is the perfect complimentary recipe created by Haute Cabrière’s chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller.


     

    Grilled line fish with sauce vierge paired with Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir

     

    Ingredients
    Serves 4

    Fish

    4x200g fish fillets, we use hake most of the time or any Sassi green listed fish
    16 baby Nicola or red skin or fir potatoes (4 per person)
    *4 artichoke hearts cut in half

    Sauce Vierge

    1/2 cup olive oil
    1/2 cup canola oil
    80ml Raspberry vinegar
    Juice of one lemon
    1/2 red onion, chopped
    2 Tomatoes skinned and deseeded
    1 Tbs toasted crushed coriander seeds
    1 Tbs toasted crushed fennel seeds
    100g chopped parsley
    100g chopped basil
    100g spring onions
    Salt and pepper

    Method

    For the sauce

    Toast the spices and crush. Add the red onion and hot toasted spices to the vinegar and lemon juice. Bring to the boil, and infuse for 30 min. Strain the sauce and season with salt and pepper. Finely dice the skinned tomato and chop the herbs. Whisk all the oil and vinegar mixture together, add the fresh herbs and tomato and season.

    For the rest of the dish

    Cook the baby potatoes with the skin on, in salted water till soft, remove and drain, cut in rounds and dress with some sauce vierge set aside.

    Grill the artichoke hearts on a griddle pan until nice and charred on the edges, set aside. Both these items are served at room temperature.

    For the fish

    Grill the fish until nice and brown, about 2-3 minutes on each side and finish in a hot oven if need be for 3 minutes.  Spoon some of the sauce verge on a room temperature plate and place the potatoes in the middle, place the fish on top of the potatoes and finish with the grilled artichokes make sure you have enough sauce on the plate, each bite should be able to soak up a good amount of sauce.

    *Seasonal. You can use good quality bottled artichokes. The ones in oil are best. Asparagus also works well as pictured.

  • La Couronne: the Crown of Franschhoek Part 1

    Nestled against the Klein Dassenberg Mountain in this beautiful corner of South Africa lies the peaceful gem of a wine farm, La Couronne Estate. This essential stop on any wine tour of the Franschhoek winelands boasts spectacular views of vineyard-covered slopes and towering peaks.

    History

    La Couronne means “The Crown” and pays homage to a warship built by the French Navy in 1636. The Crown transported 277 French Huguenots, escaping persecution for their faith in their homeland, to the Cape area of South Africa in 1685. The slopes of the current La Couronne farm site were settled over 300 years ago by the Huguenots who brought with them their iconic French winemaking knowledge.

    Activities

    A warm welcome by the La Couronne team, led by Eldorette Carinus and winemaker Henk Swart, awaits guests from wine connoisseurs to tourists and even to families with little ones. A variety of activities is catered for, including wedding functions, picnics, lunches, wine tastings and wine pairings.

    La Couronne's wine pairings include wine and chocolate, wine and pizza and a very South African wine and braai (BBQ) pairing.

    Award-winning Wines

    La Couronne has secured a number of awards for their wines, with the most recent medals and trophies being awarded at the International Wine Challenge 2018.

    La Couronne's Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 won a Gold Medal as well as the IWC Franschhoek Chardonnay Trophy. La Couronne's Limited Release Pinotage 2015 scooped a Bronze Medal, as did their Merlot Rose 2017 and their Malbec 2015 received a Commended.

    Gold Medal and Trophy winning Chardonnay 2016 is on its way to Hard To Find Wines. In the meantime, why not order these La Couronne wines while you wait.

    Chardonnay 2014
    £14.99

    A bottle of La Couronne Chardonnay 2014

    Outstanding oak and fruit integration with a full rich creamy mouthfeel of almonds and vanilla. Light lingering aftertaste of peaches and hints of citrus. This is La Couronne’s maiden vintage of this barrel fermented Chardonnay.

    Pinotage 2016
    £11.99

    A bottle of La Couronne Pinotage 2016

    A rich full bodied wine with an earthy aroma coupled with dark fruits. The palate is smooth and succulent, with touches of spice and brambles accompanying dark cherry and blackcurrant flavours.

    Merlot Rose 2017
    £8.99

    A bottle of La Couronne Merlot Rose

    100% Merlot goes in to this quality rose from Franschhoek. A deliciously delicate rose, with bright pink colouration and a subtle strawberry nose. The palate is surprisingly refreshing and dry, with soft berry flavours.

    Malbec 2014
    £14.99

    A bottle of La Couronne Malbec 2014

    Decadent aromas of dark cocoa and Eastern spices. The palate offers ripened plums and crushed berries finishing with lingering creamy oak. The La Couronne Malbec is one of only a handful of single varietal Malbec's currently to be produced in South Africa, making this a fairly unique wine. The quality of this wine shines through, with the Malbec taking on the South African terroir superbly in the shape of a depth of flavour that many Argentinian Malbec's lack.

    Do you want to learn a bit more about La Couronne's range of wines and the passions and purposes of their winemaking? Part 2 of this post will follow next month, so keep your eye on our Facebook page or the blog for that post!

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