Top 10 Summer wines for 2019

Written by Innes Linder

On November 18, 2019

Summer is here and the holidays are upon us. I’ve been lucky enough to have tasted some amazing wines these last few months an I would like to share 10 wines that I feel will make your summer even better.

2019 Darling Cellars Reserve Sauvignon Blanc – Probably the best Sauvignon Blanc in South Africa at the price point (around R55 retail). Great tropical fruits, minerals and that fresh Darling acidity makes this the ultimate everyday white.

2019 Groote Post Sea Salter Sauvignon Blanc – On the more premium side of the scale (around R130 retail) is this seriously impressive Sauvignon Blanc from Groote Post (Also Darling). Ripe tropical fruits like pineapple, passion fruit and melon finished by a zippy fresh acidity and long lingering finish is just pure class.

2018 Mount Rosier Chenin Blanc – Situated at the foot of Sir Lowry’s Pass outside Somerset West, Mount Rosier is still somewhat unknown. Their Chenin Blanc is currently my everyday wine at home. Beautiful peach and honeysuckle characters and a very elegant finish makes this a superb offering at about R69 retail.

2019 Eikendal Janina – An unwooded Chardonnay that offers something different. A lean minerally wine with subtle stone fruit characters that comes alive when paired with food. A very elegant wine at under R100 retail.

2018 Zevenwacht Tin Mine white – A blend of 60% Chenin, 22% Chardonnay, 10% Viognier, 8% Semillon makes this the ultimate affordable food white wine available (around R115 retail). Rich full fruit and oak flavours combine for something special and unforgettable. Simply a must try.

2019 Quando Mourvedre Rosé – From it pale pink colour to the fresh finish left in your mouth, this rosé from Robertson ticks all the boxes. Fresh red berries and a creamy mid palate gives this wine a luxurious quality. Superb value at around R75 retail.

2019 Meerhof Grenache Rosé – Summer in a bottle. Rosé should be easy drinking and uncomplicated in my opinion. This is such a great example of a good rosé. Fresh, fruity and so easy to drink. A steal at R75 per bottle.

2019 Mooiplaas Vino Baruzzo – This Cabernet Sauvignon is made in the style of the Italian Novello or the French Beaujolais wines. Fresh and fruity with hardly any tannins. Serve chilled and generally more than one bottle is needed. This is the ultimate summer red at under R100 retail

2018 Buffelsfontein Pinotage – This wine is made under licence of the Baardolie company that everyone knows. Priced at around R95 retail, it rivals the legendary Beyerskloof Pinotage and I have to say you get way more value for money with the Buffelsfontein, in fact its actually really good value and great to drink.

2018 Boschkloof Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot – The home of the acclaimed 99 point Tim Atkin wine Boschkloof, has some amazing wines and to me their Cab/Merlot is such an excellent everyday easy drinking wine. Fresh red and dark fruit with subtle spice and savoury notes makes for a wine that completely over delivers at around R110 retail.

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