We are blessed with great wines, great winemakers, great places, fabulous restaurants and family friendly places in our Cape Winelands. Recently I have had the opportunity to taste some sublime wines, the Peter Falke Ruby Blend 2016 with dinner last night with a pair of delicious lamb chops from the Bushveld.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle closed with natural cork. The livery is black with silver and red printing. The foil around the neck is in silver, making for a very elegant bottle. In the glass the wine is a bloodplum at the heart, which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are of red berries and fruits. Mulberries, roadside brambles and sappy plums. There is an undertow of cocoa midst the brown spice and vanilla from the oak maturation. The palate is full and generous with a zippy acidity that runs through from entry through to the long aftertaste which wanes gently. Plenty of juice making fruit in the mid palate. An impressive glass and being 4 years old, eminently drinkable now.
The Peter Falke PF Ruby Blend 2016 is a perfect food wine. Chill it for about 30 minutes in the fridge or an ice bucket before service. If you have some mates around in the late afternoon, then this is a wonderful bottle to open. Supply them with a stick of fine biltong and a short sharp knife and a napkin. To get on to more serious food, and with the autumnal equinox today we will be looking more at comfort food. A Bredie perhaps, Bobotie, a lusty vegetarian aubergine, mushroom, sun dried tomato bake? Diane Bibby’s Parmesan Meatballs with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce is a lovely partner for a midweek supper when you want a really great bottle with a well prepared supper after a busy day. Click here for her recipe.
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