Food & Wine

Festive bubblies

Festive bubblies

Summer picnics, festive fun and sunset parties… we’re in the mood for celebration and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a chilled glass of some of our favourite bubblies.

Allée Bleue Brut 2013, a classic blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay… a bouquet of toasted nuts, brioche, candyfloss and citrus. It’ll pair well with poached chicken in a saffron sauce or with a seafood platter at your favourite restaurant. R150 from leading outlets.

Allée Bleue Brut Rosé 2014, a fresh and lively MCC, filled with delicate flavours of strawberries, rose petals and candyfloss. It wine pairs well with bruschettas topped with fresh salmon and herb cream cheese, and is a great sparkling wine to share with friends and special moments. R130 from leading outlets.

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve, an elegant and complex bubbly with a fine balance and a lively mousse imparting freshness to a lingering finish. With a bouquet of fresh white fruit aromas of apple, pear and peach, intermingled with almonds, hazelnuts and ground spice, it is beautifully presented in a snow-white tin and available in select fine wine retailers for R540 a bottle.

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose, a deliciously fruity, harmonious blend with welcoming flavours of red cherry, raspberry, hazelnuts, biscuit and nectarine that provide a complex and full palate. The finish is long with ground ginger and white pepper accents and a touch of creaminess at the end. Gorgeously attired in metallic pink, it is available in select fine wine retailers for R675 a bottle.

Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Brut Vintage 2006 is one of the most recognised bottles of wine in the world with its distinctive dimples reminiscent of black pearls. Powerful and distinguished, it encompasses the elegance and finesse of Chardonnay combined with the full body of Pinot Noir. Mature, intense and generous, this Champagne reveals intricate citrus flavours, honey and a hint of grapefruit with lifted notes of almond paste and marzipan. Long and lingering, showing beautiful balance, it has attractive freshness on the finish and appealing apple acidity. Packaged in its distinctive black dimpled bottle and a stylish black gift box, it is available at fine wine retailers for R1690 a bottle.

Nicolas Feuillatte Graphic Ice Blanc and Graphic Ice Rosé are both generous and fruity with a satisfying touch of sweetness perfectly balanced with refreshing acidity. The Ice Blanc is fresh, floral and peachy on the nose with a touch of roasted nuts and notes of honey, while the Rose has tempting aromas of black cherry and summer berries. Splendidly showcased in their silver and pink metallic attire, both are available at fine wine retailers for R470 and R580 respectively.

Krone, masters of vintage Cap Classique from the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate in Tulbagh, have released their 2016 vintage Cap Classiques: Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvee Brut 2016 boasting an Oyster shell and chalky limestone character that leads to pineapple, fresh yellow apple and salted caramel flavours with a fine, persistent mouth-filling mousse; creamy textures on the mid-palate with some baked pie-crust, and a refreshing, tangy finish. Simply delish paired with naked oysters, Ricotta and roasted tomato bruschetta with pancetta, lime-dressed angelfish ceviche, creamy porcini risotto or fire-roasted lemon-and-black pepper chicken kebabs. Krone Borealis Rose Cuvee Brut 2016 is a paradox of rich, berry fruit and refreshing, natural elegance. Salmon-pink in colour is it best paired with charred squid with tamarind and pineapple salsa, creamy prawn and avocado cocktail with spiced lime wedges, salmon with crispy skin crackling and wild rice, sesame-encrusted seared tuna or a charcuterie board featuring Parma ham, prosciutto and saucisson sec.  Krone Demi-Sec is a distinctive style of Cap Classique that deserves to be discovered. With expressive aromas of baked golden apples, piecrust and almonds, its full, rich palate evolves into lemon drops, sweet yellow apple and subtle marzipan flavours, with a plush, sweet mousse that makes for an expansive finish. Served best with creamy and fragrant butter chicken curry, smoked fish croquettes with lemon aioli, crispy duck pancakes with honey, soy and ginger reduction, vanilla bean Bundt cake or pistachio macarons. All three bottles retail for R120 each at leading outlets.

Laborie, a wine made for sharing and this salmon pink MCC Brut Rosé 2015 shows prominent aromas of fresh raspberries, peaches and pomegranates with undertones of orange blossoms. The palate is seductively fresh with lingering notes of honey cake and sliced grapefruit. The mousse is fine and soft – a complete tantalisation of the taste buds. Served well chilled, this wine can be enjoyed on its own or with oysters, delicate seafood dishes and light salads, and can also be complemented well with strawberry macarons, strawberry cheesecake and raspberry and marshmallow nougat. Retails for R108 at leading outlets.

Just in time for summer cheer, Robertson Winery have released the 2016 vintages of their innervigorating Lightly Sparkling wines produced from top quality grapes, with sprightly fresh fruit flavours and an added dazzle of tiny bubbles to delight the senses on a hot summer’s day. Presented in unique eye-catching ‘skittle’ shaped bottles, with vibrant turquoise and salmon pink capsules, they offer a splash of sophistication with a dash of festivity. The Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is one of real character with intense fruit flavours of grapefruit, melon and passionfruit, and a touch of sparkle; the tingling liveliness enchanting the palate before gradually fading away.  The Pinot Noir Rosé 2016 is an elegant, refreshing rosé with a dash of fizz for a sparkling sensation. Welcoming aromas of ripe strawberries with hints of rose petal and candy floss lead to a vibrant palate with gorgeous lingering flavours of strawberry and watermelon. Both bottles retail for R55 each at leading outlets.

There are many reasons to pop open a bottle of bubbles … not that you need one. Our latest favourite is Plaisir de Merle’s Grand Brut … cultivated on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains and crafted from two noble varieties (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) this is a brilliant elegant and distinctive Méthode Cap Classique. Drink it with exotic seafood such as oysters, scallops and seafood platters… but it’s also wonderful on its own. Well chilled, we think it’s the perfect sundowner for summer nights. Buy it for R210 online at www.vinoteque.co.za.

Time to live it up with the latest bubbles-in-a-bottle from the wine-loving team of Stellenbosch Hills. Brand spanking new to its vibrant Polkadraai range is the maiden vintage Polkadraai Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Brut 2017 – just perfect for your fizz-tive season fizz-tivities. Unpretentious and flavoursome, it doesn’t take itself too seriously – it’s just a straight, delicious bubbly that’s great for good times. We like to think of it as the fun-bus to Happyland where the forecast is always 100% chance of bubbles. The newcomer is refreshingly drier in style, bouncing with lively fruit flavours and a bracing acidity. Every sip lingers with the taste of tropical fruit and hints of litchis, gooseberries and green fig. It’s best serve chilled, on its own, or with fresh oysters; a Caprese salad of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and sweet basil; or, an o-so-creamy Alfredo pasta that’s thick with Parmesan and butter. Available at the cellar or online at www.stellenbosch-hills.co.za for R60 a bottle.

 

 

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