Wine Diary: 5 Affordable Wines for Winter

My newest contributor is none other than my own Wine Amateur.

He’ll be adding his unique take on wines to the mix here at Becoming you every month!

I’m thrilled to be able to share this platform with him as he really has been my biggest cheerleader for the last 6 and a half years and I’m so excited he’s finally found his own passion and is ready to share it with the world! Welcome Wine Amateur!

 

Winter is the time for bottles of good wine to be opened and shared with friends, preferably over some quality conversation and a toasty fireplace.

Tasting a great wine is personal, but sharing the experience with friends is the key…

Wines for Winter

5 Affordable Wines for Winter 

Here are 5 wines that I recommend as affordable wines for winter and all are under R100 a bottle!

 

Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2015

Located on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, Kanonkop is a 4th generation family estate that maintains the ‘old wine farm’ warmth with a hands on owner who is passionate about his wine.

This Kadette Cape Blend is one of my favorite wines for any occasion.

Ruby red in colour, with berry notes, hints of chocolate and a light spice finish this is a slightly dry red, but very well balanced.

Pinotage 54%, Cabernet Sauvignon 34% and Merlot 12%. Matured for 12-14 months in 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels.

 

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

This wine farm, located in the Simondium wine region, may be considered a bit more commercial but their range of wines boasts many awards for good reason!

An intense dark red colour with raspberry and blackcurrent on the nose and a touch of oak spice, this full–bodied Cabernet Sauvignon by Zonnebloem is one of my favourite winter wines.

Fermentation on the skins for 10-12 days, more then half the wine is matured in French oak with the remaining portion maturing on French and Hungarian oak stoves in stainless steel tanks.

 

Hartenberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Home to some of the world’s best Shiraz wines, this wine farm is located on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills bordering Stellenbosch.

Their wines are as enchanting as the farm itself with rolling lawns, beautiful views and picnics that are hard to beat.

With pepper and spice on the nose this Hartenberg Cabernet Sauvignon blend has a lovely soft feel and a good balance between the oak and fruit on the palate.

This gold-winning red blend is aged for 13 months in 1st, 2nd and 3rd fill French Barrels.

 

Fernskloof Unwooded Chardonnay 2014

Fernskloof is a small, relatively unknown wine farm located in the arid Prince Albert Valley and they produce primarily organic wines.

As an appreciator of predominantly red wines, this charming Organic Chardonnay was a welcome surprise.

An unfiltered, lightly-wooded chardonnay, with crisp fruit, the light oak brings it all together with style. Definitely try get your hands on a few bottles for winter!

 

Paradyskloof Unwooded Chardonnay 2105

With the Stellenbosch mountains providing the backdrop of Vriesenhof Vineyards, winemaking is considered an art, partnering with nature to produce some outstanding wines.

Lovely nose, with aromas of pear and hints of lemon and lime this is another graceful unwooded chardonnay perfect for winter.

 

Affordable winter wines

Experiencing a wide variety of wines allows you to develop the words to describe what your tastebuds are telling you! Fortunately South Africa has an abundance of wine farms, bottling some of the finest wines in the world, so you’ll never be at a loss for new wines to try.

I hope you’re inspired to pick up a new bottle of wine based on this list…. and let me know in the comments below if you have any recommendations to add for my winter wine list!

 

 

Images & Text: Bradley Rossiter

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