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The eco-friendly one Red meat can pair with white wine, and it doesn’t get much bet­ter than the pesti- and her­bi­cide free Lon­gridge Chardon­nay (R170), over­all or­ganic white win­ner in 2016’s Green Wine Awards. With a touch of French oak and bis­cu­ity things hap­pen­ing on the tongue, this wine is guar­an­teed to make that crispy strip of lamb fat do the cha-cha-cha with your taste buds. The splurge Dis­claimer: Niels Ver­burg is a good mate of ours. Still, there are few bet­ter wines to savour with lamb than his leg­endary (su­per pre­mium) Luddite Shi­raz – but his Sabo­teur Red 2015 comes mighty close! It’s a Shi­raz-driven blend with plenty of new French oak and has a crazy-savouryu­mami thing go­ing down that jus­ti­fies drop­ping R230 at Woolies. Even the fash­ion­istas in the mix will get off on the pack­ag­ing. Worth. Ev­ery. Cent. The steal Welling­ton’s Im­buko Fam­ily Vint­ners was one of the lead­ers in this year’s Best Value Wine Awards, with no less than seven of their Fam­ily range (all R50 a bot­tle) mak­ing the cut. The Pino­tage won its cat­e­gory and the Chenin Blanc got four stars, but it’s the 3,5-star Van Zijl Fam­ily Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon with lots of berries and not a lot of wood that’ll do jus­tice to lamb. For more op­tions, see Get­away’s best­val­uewineguide.com. get­away.co.za 43

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