The TASTE case: six wines to pour this sum­mer

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In his new se­ries, Al­lan Mullins cu­rates a case of six wines that’ll ease you out of the hol­i­days and back to re­al­ity (with the prom­ise of a cork to pop on 14 Feb)

DMZ Chenin Blanc 2017

Per­fect for: Cel­e­brat­ing Jan­uary’s pay day It’s been a long, lean month. So when your phone pings to an­nounce your first salary of 2019 has landed, you’ll want to cel­e­brate with an ex­cit­ing wine. This one from De Mor­gen­zon has a vi­brancy that ex­hil­a­rates the nose and the palate – lightly flo­ral flavours of yel­low ap­ple, hon­ey­dew melon and apri­cot, with a com­plex, sup­ple body that bal­ances lus­cious fruit and crisp acid­ity.

Ken For­rester Gre­nache 2016

Per­fect for: Laid-back Sun­day nights Get into the right headspace for the week with a bot­tle that’s bright and up­lift­ing, as well as pleas­ing and de­li­cious. The Ken For­rester Gre­nache in­spires with its invit­ing fruit­filled bou­quet of straw­ber­ries, rasp­ber­ries and pomegranates – sprightly and suc­cu­lent with a mouth­wa­ter­ing fresh­ness.

Neil El­lis No Sul­phur Added Sau­vi­gnon Blanc

Per­fect for: Week­end pic­nics Whether you’ve gath­ered with friends around ta­bles laden with al­fresco fare or are ro­man­ti­cally à deux with your checked blan­ket and wicker bas­ket, al­ways in­clude a wine like this: up­lift­ing as a sum­mer breeze, with wafts of goose­berry and fyn­bos, and the juici­ness of melon, granadilla and white peach.

Vil­liera Mer­lot 2015

Per­fect for: The last day of your sum­mer hol­i­day When you’re think­ing back on good times shared, and also look­ing ahead to what the year holds, you need a bot­tle to suit your mood.

This wine is vel­vety soft, rounded and smooth. There’s ripe fruit with black­cur­rant and mul­berry, a hint of mint and an en­tic­ing spici­ness. A laid-back mouth­ful to in­spire you.

Vil­liera Brut Rosé Non-Vin­tage MCC

Per­fect for: Pop­ping on Valen­tine’s Day Two es­sen­tial pre­req­ui­sites for a po­tion to sweep your Valen­tine off their feet: it must be bub­bly and it must be pink. This MCC is a se­duc­tive salmon pink with a froth­ing mousse, en­tic­ing straw­berry and rasp­berry flavours, a be­guil­ing light spici­ness, and a fi­nal ex­plo­sion of cas­cad­ing bub­bles.

Spier Chardon­nay Pinot Noir 2018

Per­fect for: Long brunches You’ve worked hard to pre­pare a va­ri­ety of dishes for your guests – fresh fil­lets of fish, bub­bling sausages and creamy scram­bled eggs – so you’ll want a ver­sa­tile wine to match. This one has ap­ple, lemon and a zingy lift from the Chardon­nay, while the Pinot Noir adds richer, darker red fruit, with body and tex­ture. Per­fect for dishes rang­ing from light to rich.

50 TASTE JAN/FEB 2019

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