As we stare headlong into the run up to Christmas, happily we are now in possession of the new vintage of Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2015.

Although the quality of this wine from the Von Arnim family in Franschhoek has always been very consistent, from the couple of tastings we have done with it out and about over the last few weeks, the general consensus seems to be that the new 2015 vintage is a corker!

Still a great all rounder, this unusual white wine blended from 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, remains soft and supple with plenty of white stone fruit flavours and an enticing fresh nose. However, the new offering has edged slightly more towards the wine of old, with a more prominent integrated acidity which just lifts the wine into a more bracing style. With or without food, this will certainly be my go to white wine over the festive period.

The Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir has long been our biggest selling wine, with it undoubtedly offering amazing quality and value. For those who prefer reds, the Pinot Noir gives just that added zip of berry fruits making this a weightier white than most. It also appeals to those who prefer their whites without oak, but perhaps not as grassy as Sauvignon Blanc. The Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir balances just right the flavoursome nature with acidity and refreshment. Overall simply a stunning wine.