Next time you visit the V&A Waterfront, head to the Vaughan Johnson Wine Shop to buy a case of VJ’s Good Everyday Cape White – a Sauvignon Blanc/Chenin Blanc blend that’s a steal at R29,95 per bottle – and another of VJ’s Good Everyday Cape Red, a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend that costs R39,95 per bottle. We love the handwritten brown-paper labels. Or register at wwww.vaughanjohnson.co.za to order. Vaughan, who opened South Africa’s first dedicated wine shop in 1985, knows the best winemakers and has impeccable taste. Cheers!
Delicately pink, Leopard’s Leap 2016 Chardonnay Pinot Noir pairs well with chicken, fish, Mediterranean food and soft cheeses. Priced at R44 a bottle, it’s excellent value for money. Available at selected outlets or order at www.leopardsleap.co.za.
Yonder Hill’s 2016 Y-Sauvignon Blanc and Y-Merlot are made by the Naudé family near Stellenbosch, and offer great value for money at R50 a bottle. Available at selected outlets or order at www.yonderhill.co.za.
We love the whimsical labels of the Angels Tears range from Grande Provence in Franschhoek. Take your pick from the crisp, dry Sauvignon Blanc; the refreshing Cinsaut-driven Rosé; and the fruity white Muscat D’Alexandrie Chenin Blanc. R38 each. Order at www.grandeprovence.co.za.
The Badsberg Chenin Blanc 2016 is an elegant wooded white wine with a fruity nose and tropical flavours followed by a fresh guava aftertaste. From Badsberg Wine Cellar near Worcester, this wine won a silver medal at the 2016 Veritas Awards. It costs R38 per bottle at cellar door, and is also available at Spar outlets in the Western Cape. See www.badsberg.co.za for other retail outlets. Orders can be placed through the website or on (023) 344-3021.
The Like Father Like Son range from Bon Courage in the Robertson Wine Valley has a label featuring the profiles of owner-viticulturist André Bruwer and his son, Jacques. The Chenin Blanc is a dry white blend with a fruity complexity – expect an intricate nose of tropical fruit, guavas and peaches, with a hint of gooseberries lingering on the palate. The Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot is a good-quality, uncomplicated blend with an abundance of soft fruit flavours. The semi-sweet Rosé is loaded with strawberries and red berries on the nose, and soft tones of candy floss on the palate. They cost R39 per bottle at cellar door and are also available at various liquor outlets, Pick n Pay, Spar and Makro.
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