This wine, says Bruwer Raats, the winemaker, celebrates its varietal and was crafted minus oak to preserve its original freshness and flavours. “It reflects the lifelong passion our family has for Chenin and pairs effortlessly with a variety of foods.” He particularly likes it with spicy prawn dishes, calamari, sushi and oysters, he observes. The winery is located in Stellenbosch, South Africa and is owned by Raats Family Wines.
We enjoy it with foods and all by itself, especially on a hot summer afternoon when its a welcome and delicious refresher. Visit http://www.capeclassics.com for more information.
Alongside the Loire Valley rivers is the vineyard of this lovely white wine on hillsides of clay and limestone. The wine, acclaimed by critics as one of the region’s finest, is pale yellow with tints of green and is 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc. Round and full, it offers hints of white blossoms and exotic fruits. Serve with Loire Valley goat cheese, shellfish, seafood and salads, says Cape Classics. It is 12.5 percent ABV. www.paul-buisse.com
Fruity and round, this Bordeaux, Petite Siréne 2015, is 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was added to Cape Classics’ portfolio via a partnership with Third Growth Bordeaux estate, Chateau Giscours in Margaux. It became the second Bordeaux winery go join Cape Classics last year and combines the aroma of berries with tannins. Selected from the best parcels in Bordeaux, the grapes – 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon – are fruity, savory and complex with “gentle” tannins. The wine won a Gold in the 2016 International Wine Competition in Los Angeles. Go to http://www.capeclassics.com/wines/petite-sirene-bordeaux-cabernet-sauvignon-merlot-2015/
This moderately priced Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley on the banks of the River Cher in the western part of France, makes a great addition to wine-by-the-glass lists for summer months.
The Paul Buisse vineyards in Touraine are on hillsides along the Loire and Cher rivers, where grapes are grown in soils rich in clay and limestone. Fresh, floral and fruity, the wine reflects the district’s terroir and celebrates summer. The vineyards are spread over 50 acres. Checkout www.paul-bouisse.com and www.capeclassics.com.