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Woolworths TASTE - - Raise The Bar -

Al­lan Mullins is a glass-half-full kinda guy, so we asked him to find you some ex­cel­lent-value bot­tles un­der

R85 that’ll help you main­tain your drink­ing stan­dards and your bank bal­ance (take that, VAT!) Mar­ras Pieke­nier­skloof Chenin Blanc 2017, R69.99

Wine­maker Martin “Mar­ras” Lam­precht pro­duces com­plex, flavour­ful wines from 30-year-old dry­land bush vines on the Pieke­nier­skloof moun­tain pass be­tween Piket­berg and Citrus­dal, where West Coast even­ing breezes en­sure cooler ripen­ing con­di­tions.

Tast­ing notes: The ter­roir de­liv­ers min­er­al­ity and white fruit char­ac­ter (litchi, pear, white peach); cold fer­men­ta­tion cap­tures fresh­ness; five per­cent bar­rel fer­men­ta­tion adds tex­ture; and six months on the lees pro­vides beau­ti­ful creami­ness. Drink it with: Martin enjoys it with pan­fried line­fish with gar­lic-and-lime but­ter, served with a shaved fen­nel-and-green ap­ple salad with orange dress­ing.



Ash­bourne Sauvi­gnon BlancChardon­nay 2017, R80.69 Sauvi­gnon Blanc and Chardon­nay are un­usual blend­ing part­ners but they work well to­gether in this corner of the Hamilton Rus­sell vine­yards in the cool-climate Walker Bay re­gion. (Take a moment to ap­pre­ci­ate the la­bel, il­lus­trated with the flora and fauna of the Hemel-en-Aarde Val­ley, in­clud­ing the prop­erty’s rare arum frogs.)

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