Whether you’re an avid wine lover and a budding connoisseur, or you simply enjoy a good bottle of red wine with friends on the weekend, you’re going to want to try these four out-of-the-ordinary red boutique wines.
1. False Bay Shiraz 2016
False Bay Vineyards, named after one of our country’s most iconic bays, was borne out of Paul Boutinot desire to resecue grapes from undervalued vineyards and transform them. With minimal intervention Paul and his team have managed to produce delightful wines.
The False Bay Shiraz, with notes of white pepper and dark fruit on the nose, is one of them. A wine that starts on the palate with warm, dark fruits and developing into a more spicy character. Ending with a well balanced ripe tannins, this Shiraz is a great addition to any wine lovers collection.
2. Org de Rac Lightly Wooded Chardonnay 2016
On the foot of the Piketberg Mountains, you’ll find one of South Africa’s dedicated organic wine farms, Org de Rac. With it’s philosophy founded on practicing conservation and respect for the earth,Org de Rac produces wines high quality wines for the discerning wine lover.
Enjoy a lovely glass of their Lightly Wooded Chardonnay 2016, with ripe yellow peach, cinnamon and spice on the nose. While this is a dry chardonnay it is still very generous in its variety on the palate. Backed by good oak, this Org de Rac Chardonnay leads to long peachy finish, which is paired best with thick slices of roast lamb, egg and lemon sauce.
3. COGH Riebeeksrivier Southern Slopes Shiraz 2013
The Riebeeksrivier Côte, on the western slope of the Kasteelberg, is home to some of the most prestigious wines in the country. And we can understand why when you taste their Souther Slopes Shiraz 2013.
This shiraz has an appealing ripe black plum, spice and tobacco leaf on the nose. A red and black berry fruit vibrancy in the mouth, along with spicy tobacco and turned earth notes, with a long smoothly rewarding finish. Pair this bottle with a hearty meat dish, stew or charcuterie.
4. Mischa Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Nestled in the valley of Wellington, you’ll find Mischa Wine Estate. With a light evening breeze coming off the ocean, it’s this estates unique positioning that makes its wines so special and distinctive in character.
One of these distinctive wines is the Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, deep ruby in colour with an inviting red-berry fruit on the nose. You’ll also find hints of raspberry, redcurrant, old leather and milk chocolate on the nose. A full-bodied and dryish wine, it’s this Cabernet Sauvignons quality berry fruit backed by light, dry tannins that makes it tangy and delicious.
5. Anura LB Cape Cuvee 2013
Anura Vineyards, nestled on the foothill of the Simonsberg Mountains, boasts a wide variety of soils, slopes and microclimates. At Anura the team is passionate about making red wine, and with plantings of Mourvédre, Petit Verdot, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Malbec, among more classic, locally grown varietals, Anura is able to produce handcrafted wines for individuals who are looking for something unique.
The LB Cape Cuvee 2013 is a unique, almost inky wine with a complex bouquet with scrub, blueberry and red fruit pastilles on the nose, but also spicy and smoky. It’s full-bodied with lovely red-berry intensity and a smooth velvety feel despite its firm tannic backbone.