Food & Wine
Fruit-driven palate pleasers
21 reasons to open a bottle of FAT Bastard
Life, like FAT bastard, should be filled to the brim and enjoyed in large, delicious gulps. And this year, this well-loved, delicious, full-bodied range of wines, is celebrating 21 years of living large. So named because when first created by Thierry and Guy, they created it with gusto, pouring their hearts, souls and great dollops of generosity into every bottle. Leaving it on the lees for a lot longer than usual, it developed more fully and completely, and when tasted, there was simply no other way to describe it other than “Well, now that’s a FAT bastard!” You’ll find these fruit-driven, rich and round, food-friendly range of wines at your local wine stockist for between R75 and R85 for the white wines and between R110 and R120 for the reds.
To celebrate the twenty-first, we’re giving away great big, fat magnums of FAT bastard Shiraz 2016 worth R240. A delicious deep red medium bodied wine, with layers of dark ripe fruit, crushed black pepper aromas with hints of cinnamon and cloves on the nose with lots of brambly red berry fruit and well-integrated vanilla tones, it’s the perfect bottle to open when you’re celebrating with a bunch of great friends. To enter find the competition on our home page, fill in the entry form before 25 September and hold thumbs.
Add flair to your parties with Delush Rosé
Food and wine go hand-in-hand, and the great thing about wine is that it actually brings out the flavours of certain foods to form a tasty combination. For another match made in heaven, enjoy a glass of chilled rose with a spicy dish. Delush Wines have become a firm favourite in the South African eating environment and can be paired with some of the country’s most popular dishes. Mouth-watering watermelon and strawberry flavours treat all your senses to cheeky fruitiness and freshen up your palate while it is working out with the spices of your dish. Priced from around R30 a bottle, and available at Checkers, Pick n Pay and some independent liquor stores. And Serve!
A treat for wine-loving vegans
A pair of Delheim’s latest wine releases is sure to put a spring in the step of wine-lovers who are vegans. That’s because the famous Stellenbosch winery used zero animal products traditionally used in winemaking (products derived from milk, eggs, fish) to produce its 2018 Delheim Pinotage Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc. The 2018 Delheim Pinotage Rosé is all pomegranate and cranberry, candy floss and blossoms on the nose, delicate red berry fruit on the palate, and is just perfect with roasted rainbow vegetables with Chimichurri or a curried sweet potato and freekeh salad. The light green 2018 Delheim Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and gooseberry, and you’ll taste green figs and lime. Drink it with a grilled aubergine bake (or grilled line fish for flexitarians) as well as a variety of season-inspired salads. Both vegan-friendly wines are available at leading wine shops and are around R75 for the Rosé and R79 for the Sauvignon Blanc. Details: www.delheim.com, Facebook Delheim, Twitter @Delheim and Instagram @delheimwines.
Summer in your glass
Embrace summer with a glass of blushing Angels Tears Rosé, a heavenly everyday quaffer bursting with seasonal berries from Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. Made primarily of Pinotage and Shiraz grapes, this lively, crisp and dry rosé is on trend, flaunting an enticing pale candyfloss hue. Fruity and uncomplicated, and teeming with bountiful upfront freshly picked strawberries, raspberries and cherries, it is easy on the palate and great value for money. Sip it on the patio, try it over a light lunch with seafood or summer salads, and be sure to add it to your picnic basket. It is the ideal alternative to heavier reds on balmy summer days. Available country-wide for around R65 a bottle.
The ultimate spring sip
Make Steenberg’s delightful Ruby Rosé your go to spring and summer wine and take any happy occasion up a notch by creating your own frosty frosé sensation. This invigoratingly dry and vivacious Rosé teems with scents of watermelon sorbet, toffee apple, red liquorice candy and ripe sweet melon. Refreshing with a mouthful of juicy raspberries, wild strawberries and hints of spice, this dry, fruit-forward Rosé is light and flirty, yet shows lovely depth that lingers on the palate. It’s the perfect sip for picnics, light lunches and sundowners. Available country-wide for around R93 a bottle.
Steenberg Ruby Rosé Frosé
500ml Steenberg Ruby Rosé
½ vanilla pod
1 star anise
1 stick of cinnamon
1 cup ice
Blend the berries and set aside.
Combine the sugar, water and spices in a pot and allow to infuse and heat on a very low heat for 10 minutes. Do not boil the sugar syrup but the sugar must dissolve. Allow to cool.
Combine the wine, sugar syrup and berries and mix well. Place in a container and freeze overnight.
To serve, blend the semi frozen wine with 1 cup of ice in a blender. Sip and enjoy.
Get It Magazine Durban October 2018Roberta still fab at 50