Today, I thought I would present some recently tasted Bits and Bobs for the holiday week ahead…

Southern Cross Gin, the first of my Bits and Bobs

I love this gin, cleverly made from grape based spirit is that of triple distilled Pinotage which is mixed with water from the Indian and Atlantic Oceans which meet at this southernmost point on the African Continent. It also contains a touch of artesial well water from Môrelig Farm close by.  The base is blended with 21 different botanicals which include African Camomile, Blue Mountain Sage, Overberg Buchu, Kapokbos (Wild Rosemary), Fennel, Coriander, Lemon & Orange Peel, Pepper, Clove, Cardamom, Blue & Blackberries, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Rooibos, Sage, Angelica Root, Naartjie, Jasmine and the all-important Scottish Juniper. Gin is not gin without Juniper. The aromas are complex with the botanicals, which repeat themselves on the palate in the soft mouthfeel with tropical spices and floral notes. And a whisper of minerals. Best with passion fruit pulp on ice with a dash of sugar syrup and mint, ice and a splash of tonic.

Read more about Southern Cross Gin – CLICK HERE

Rascallion Bombinate 2016, a red wine for the Bits and Bobs

77 AD, the time of Pliny the Elder – next to Aristotle, probably the most influential scholar in antiquity. Pliny was the first to say, “the elephant hates the mouse above all other creatures.”

A friend recently went on a visit to Kenya and told me that she saw in an orchard, loudspeakers which played the sound of buzzing bees, apparently played to keep elephants out of the orchards. Bombinate, is the sound of buzzing bees. Bombinate is also the name of a delicious 2016 Shiraz and Grenache Noir blend which is part of Ross Sleets Rascallion range of wines. The two components were matured for 18 months in small French Oak barrels, before they were blended and prepared for bottling.

From a Burgundy shaped bottle under screw cap. I love the fonty label. In the glass, the wine is dark bloodplum at the core which pales out to ruby at the edges. Whiffs of Agen prune plums, roadside brambles and a black olive paste. Good sappy stuff, with cashmere clad tannins, lovely textures and a long and gently waning aftertaste.

This wine just begs for food. A lusty vegetarian main course with aubergine, mushrooms and reduced tomato with a layer of cheese on top would be its perfect partner. A Tomato, Lamb Bredie would work well too.

Read more about Rascallion Wines – CLICK HERE

Roodeberg Rosé, a delicious Rosé for the Bits and Bobs

Roodeberg, the legendary South African classic that has been creating memorable moments since 1949, has launched a generous Rosé that is sure to bring friends together this summer.

An aromatic blend of classic red wine varieties, Roodeberg Rosé is a delightful salmon-pink quaffer ideal for relaxed get-togethers. Subtle aromas of watermelon, litchi and raspberry with hints of rose petal and Turkish delight, good acidity and a long, fruity finish, make this a good food wine on hot, balmy days.

“The wine is complex enough to enjoy with rich dishes such as smoked salmon or sushi that complement the fruitiness. It’s great for a hot summer’s day and a Rosé that is definitely not strictly girls only,” says winemaker Louwritz Louw.

It’s the perfect patio wine when friends pop over and best enjoyed with foods meant to be shared such as tapas, paella, salads and skewers of chicken or pork grilled on the coals.

Roodeberg Rosé is available at Pick n Pay stores countrywide or online at at a cellar door price of R85 per bottle.

Information from GC Communications

Vondeling Rosé 2018, a delicious Rosé for my Bits and Bobs

The anchor vineyard for Vondeling’s Rosé 2018 is 20 years old. The grapes are picked at optimum ripeness in the early hours of the morning before being destemmed and chilled before pressing. This short route, from vine to press, ensures minimal degradation of the fruit aromas and a very moderate extraction of colour. All free-run juice is kept separate from the “colour fraction” to ensure a deliciously subtle salmon colour. The wine is 100% unoaked.  A six-month period of maturation on the lees promotes richness and complexity.

Matthew Copeland, Vondeling’s Award Winning Winemaker

“The wine has a delightful and delicate pink colour,” says Matthew Copeland, Vondeling’s Award Winning Winemaker. “It displays a bright bouquet of Turkish delight, raspberry coulis, passion fruit and litchi. The palate is well rounded but refreshingly vibrant, packed with red berry flavours, seductive floral undertones and a pleasant citrus twist. Pair with spicy Thai prawns, grilled Portuguese sardines or a fresh tomato, feta and pomegranate salad.

The Vondeling Rosé 2018 won a Double Gold at the 2018 Rosé Rocks Competition and sells for R70 on the estate.

Read more about Vondeling Wines – CLICK HERE