9 great Signature wines
Woolworths senior wine buyer Rob Gower explains: "The producer must be recognised for being an expert in their specific cultivar, so we start with a solid foundation, then build on that to create something special. We blend to put the best possible quality wine in the bottle, which would generally sell for three to four times the price you end up paying for a Signature bottle."
The three white wines and five reds create a diverse wine collection offering a bottle for every occasion, and the Cap Classique by Villiera completes the playlist.
1 SIGNATURE CAP CLASSIQUE
With light citrus notes and bright flavour, it's exceptional on warm summer days, but drinks equally well on cooler days thanks to its brioche flavours. Enjoy it with shellfish or canapés on buttery pastry.
2 SIGNATURE CHENIN BLANC
"The Signature Chenin is a luxury experience. Treat yourself - get those prawns you've always wanted and fry them in butter and garlic with a hint of freshly chopped chilli to enjoy with this wine."
3 SIGNATURE CHARDONNAY
The subtle woody notes from ageing in oak balance out the flavours, bringing them together to create a smooth, rich wine that pairs beautifully with food. Think creamy, smoky, rich dishes such as duck, pasta in a creamy garlic sauce, or buttery fish cooked over the braai.
4 SIGNATURE SAUVIGNON BLANC
This means that winemaker Thys Louw has created a Sauvingon Blanc with concentrated flavours, bursting with notes of gooseberries, citrus and tantalising acidity. Sunshine in a bottle, and the perfect pairing for fresh seafood.
5 SIGNATURE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
"On the nose, there's classic blackcurrant and toasty oak spice. An elegant, yet concentrated fruit-driven palate gives way to a lingering, ripe finish."
This might be a vegan wine but it pairs beautifully with a medium-rare, charred steak ladened with a rich, home-made Béarnaise sauce.
6 SIGNATURE MERLOT
And if you think you can only drink Merlot on cooler days, it's also possible to chill this wine slightly, bringing out a different texture and flavour. Pair it with smoky braaied lamb or herby roast vegetables.
7 SIGNATURE SHIRAZ
You can't miss the peppery, rich dark fruit notes in this wine, perfectly perfumed wth sweet tannins. Enjoy it on its own or with an equally peppery peppered fillet steak or rich beef stew.
8 SIGNATURE PINOTAGE
Brazen yet smooth with velvety tannins, this wine is full of character and a great example of a South African Pinotage.