Wining in winter – Franschhoek’s finest reds

Winter’s on its way, and as the leaves in the Franschhoek valley slowly start to shift from green to shades of amber, it’s time to wave goodbye to summery cocktails and crisp white wines in favour of heartier, more robust reds.

Often regarded as one of the winter season’s highlights, red wine is one of the specialities of the Franschhoek valley, with the dry and warm climate perfectly poised to produce an array of delicious Merlots, Shirazes and Pinotages, all of which are best enjoyed alongside a roaring fire.

Given the wide range of blends available, picking the perfect red wine to accompany your hearty dinner or fireside respite can be a tricky task. Luckily, help is at hand. After extensive sampling, we’ve picked out a few of our favourites to see you through the chilly season:

Vrede en Lust: Mocholate Malbec

A rich, colourful and surprising take on the Argentinian classic, this ruby-red wine makes an ideal accompaniment to food, with enticing notes of chocolate and coffee creating a compelling mouth-feel and delicious finish.

Haute Cabriere: Unwooded Pinot Noir

The perfect segue between summer and winter, this light and fruity Pinot Noir is equally enjoyable irrespective of the weather conditions, and can be served both chilled or at room temperature. Characterised by elegant red berry aromas and flavours and a tell-tale brilliant red hue, this is the perfect wine to accompany those crisp Autumn sunsets.

Chamonix Rouge

An easy drinking, beautifully bottled Bordeaux blend, Chamonix’s eye-catching offering caters to every type of red wine lover, offering up a rich bouquet of blackcurrant, red berries, vanilla and spices, and a full, well-rounded mouthfeel.

Rupert & Rothschild: Baron Edmond

When the Autumn evenings start to take on their trademark chill, this intense and aromatic blend from one of the valley’s most renowned winemakers will undoubtedly hit the spot. Boasting hints of thyme and pine nut, and aromas of chocolate and dark blueberry, it’s the ultimate winter warmer and a welcome addition to any dinner table.