Much like rocking would be silly without rolling and meeting would be
rather awkward without greeting, dining would be a dull duty without
wining. Whether you wine first or dine
later or mix it up into one cluster of contentment, make sure you’re fully stocked
for the festive season with today’s Groupon: Pay R510 for a case of Gilga Syrah
or R390 for a case of Lothian Riesling or R270 for a case of Horney Owl Shiraz
and Otter’s Claw Sauvignon Blanc.
Whether you’re that well-cultured guy at the party who talks about oaky bouquets, a simple wine enthusiast, or someone who’s just enthusiastic when drinking wine – today’s Groupon offers you the opportunity to get your grape on with a selection of very special wines.
Whether you’re a sucker for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or have it bad for Shiraz, the Horney Owl Shiraz and Otter’s Claw Sauvignon Blanc will fulfill both tastes and keep a whole dinner party happy with their individual charms and full bodied deliciousness.
If you prefer the crisp tang of white wine to the bold befuddlements of red, invest in a case of Lothian Riesling, a delicious white wine with moreish mannerisms and a playful attitude that’s says “I’m awesome, you’re awesome, let’s drink”.
Leaving the best for last, owning a case of Gilga Syrah is like having
the key to an ultimate wining and dining experience. A single vineyard Syrah crafted from the
southerly facing slopes of the beautiful Stellenbosch Kloof, Gilga Syrah is a
full bodied yet elegantly restrained and balanced wine. Boasting characteristics of ripe black
fruits, white pepper, leather and floral notes, the lengthy finish and lithe
tannis of the wine will delight everyone at the dinner table and when the
occasion arises, will not falter to impress.
Riesling Lothian Vineyards
Vineyard Selection 2011
Revered for centuries for its beguiling aromatics, famed longevity and indulgence when accompanied by cuisine in Germany and France, Riesling is rightly regarded as vinous nobility.
The maiden vintage abounds on
the bouquet with a melange of green apple, pear, fig, star fruit, litchi,
prickly pear, seductive spice and floral undertones cascading forth onto the
palate and met with lively acidity, generous mouth feel, persistent fruit
finish and undercurrents of minerality.
Deserving the patience of careful cellaring for a year or four, this
Riesling will develop in complexity, however in its ebullient youth it will
partner perfectly with yellow-tail sashimi, Canard à l’orange, and subtle
flavoured Asian cuisine or as an aperitif.
Chardonnay Lothian Vineyards
Vineyard Selection 2011
The noblest of French white cultivars, revered for centuries and possessing the ability to create wines of profound elegance, longevity and terroir expression – these are the hallmarks of Chardonnay.
cool-climate Chardonnay exudes honeydew melon, with hints of lemon, lime,
undercurrents of ripe Elgin pears all enveloped by delicate oak, bolstered by a
fine vein of acidity and minerality. Deserving
the patience of careful cellaring for up to a decade, this classic cool-climate
wine will develop in complexity, however in its ebullient youth its richness
will partner perfectly with lobster bouillabaisse, grilled duck breast with
citrus compote, aromatic Asian cuisine, fresh West Coast oysters or as an
Pinot Noir Lothian Vineyards
Vineyard Selection 2011
Regarded by many a wine-maker as the “heart-break grape”, due to the sheer difficulty in crafting a Pinot Noir of note, this cool-climate Burgundian varietal thrives in the unique micro-climate offered by Lothian Vineyards.
The ethereal burgundy coloured
Pinot’s bouquet abounds with ripe strawberry, blood-orange, white pepper,
nutmeg and floral notes. The
medium-bodied palate is a melange of sour black cherry, ripe strawberry,
tobacco spice and undertones of weathered leather, which are all cloistered in
fine oak, mineral and savoury undertones. This Pinot exhibits poise, elegance
and complexity only achievable when the vines are in perfect balance. Deserving the patience of careful cellaring for
well in excess of a decade, this cool Elgin Pinot will develop in complexity,
however in its ebullient youth it will partner perfectly with roast quail, duck
and cherry pie, subtle flavoured Asian pork dishes, cured meats or a selection
of artisanal fromage.
Special Late Harvest Viognier
Lothian Vineyards Vineyard Selection 2011
This maverick aromatic white varietal from the hot Rhône valley, with its ability to create wines with hedonistic bouquets and fulsome palates, is equally adapt at creating cool-climate wines of intensity and finesse at Lothian.
The maiden vintage of
vine-dried Viognier – each bunch’s stem was crushed by hand to ensure that the
berries would desiccate on the vine to intensify the flavours, while maintain
essential acidity, to create this unctuous golden elixir. Deserving the patience of careful cellaring
for the next decade, this unctuous vine-dried Viognier will develop in complexity;
however its tempting sweet embrace will partner perfectly with smoked wild
salmon, foie gras, slow cooked pork-belly or an accompaniment to a selection of
Fermented fact: The first bottle of wine made in South Africa had to be scrapped after the man who tasted it reported seeing fluffy dragon offspring dancing on the tip of his nose; a clear indicator that the wine was a little too strong.