The TASTE case: six wines to pour this summer
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.