Raise the bar
Cape Wine Master Allan Mullins has selected wine for Woolies for more than two decades! Here are his top picks for easy-drinking, easy-entertaining wines you NEED to try.
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Neil Ellis Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot
A proud Woolworths bordeaux blend classic that's been on the shelves since 1990. Cool Stellenbosch slopes yield a blend of predominantly cabernet sauvignon with merlot and cabernet franc. Winemaker Warren Ellis says the wine goes just as well with a main course of lamb shanks with lemon, tomato and thyme as it does with warm chocolate cake and red-wine berry compote.
Ken Forrester Grenache 2014
Ken Forrester says his desrt island red grape would be Grenache! At its best, he says, "it can almost be transparent in colour yet have a richness and elegant power." Match it with pates, chicken skewers with Thai peanut dip, slices of rare beef with a mustard sauce, cheeses and crusty bread.
Mullineux Kloof Street Swartland Rouge 2014
Swartland luminaries Chris and Andrea Mullineux (he in the vineyards, she in the cellar - she recently landed the Wine Enthusiast title of Winemake of the Year 2016) produce stellar wines and their Kloof Street range offers excellent value. Andrea suggests peppery lamb stew made with lamb knuckle and a syrah or a syrah blend, just like this one.
Pierre Jourdon Tranquille Blush Non-Vintage
The Von Arnims of Haute Cabriere in Franschoek enjoy blending Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and they do so successfully with their Methode Cap Classique range, their Chardonnay Pinot Noir and their ever popular Tranquille Blush. Winemaker Takuan Von Arnim suggests grilled linefish served on baby fir potatoes dressed in homemade vinaigrette with grilled asparagus or artichokes on the side.
Paul Cluver Pinot Noir 2015
This charming cool-climate Pinot Noir from Paul Cluver in Elgin neatly trashes the theory that red wine doesn't go with fish. It all depends on the fish, how it is cooked and, of course, the wine. Match it with seared tuna with a sesame seed crust and a creamy black pepper sauce on the side.