In the press: June 2021
This month, Will Lyons named Bird in Hand Rosé 2020 as one of his ’25 Best Summer Wines’ in the Sunday Times:
The Bird in Hand estate in the Adelaide Hills is a relative newcomer – established by the Nugent family in 1997. I love its sparkling wine, but the rosé is a revelation. Fruit aromas combine with a pillow-soft texture.
Elsewhere, Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2018 was featured as one of Victoria Moore’s ‘Wines of the Week’ in the Saturday Telegraph:
A South African take on a barrel-aged bordeaux blend, this aromatic red is made from cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinotage (don’t be put off if you don’t like pinotage; this one does not reek of coffee) with a dash of cabernet franc and petit verdot. It smells of vetiver and tonka beans, with a touch of cedar, smoke and fruit. Brilliant stuff.
Susy Atkins highlighted Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2020 in the Sunday Telegraph:
One of SA’s best sauvignon blancs, from the cool-climate Elgin region. Aromatic and super-fresh, it majors on grapefruit and light pineapple with a slightly grassy note. A good all-rounder with crab.
Tina Gellie, writing in Decanter, included Kaapzicht’s Skiunsberg Cinsaut in her round up of Cinsault: South Africa’s new star from old vines:
2018 Skuinsberg Cinsaut, Kaapzicht – 92 pts
Enticing aromas of fresh ripe raspberries and red cherries are deeper and more compote-like on the palate. The mouthwatering acidity gives a lovely crispness, with fine, chalky tannins also supporting the concentrated fruit weight. Planted to Cinsault in 1991, Skuinsberg means steep slope and many Kaapzicht tractors have fallen victim to its gradient.
And finally, Amelia Singer singled out Bird in Hand Chardonnay 2019, Rustenberg Chardonnay 2020 and Bouchard Finlayson Crocodile’s Lair Chardonnay 2018 as three of her top choices for Chardonnay Day.
Bird in Hand Chardonnay 2019:
Opulent, definitely flexes for the price, Aussie sunshine but also appreciated worldwide!
Taste: Due to it coming from a cool climate, this Chard exudes a pink lady apple sweetness, pulpy texture, toffee nougat undertone but also has great acidity and is only 13% alcohol. Fantastic all day BBQ option!
Food Pairing: On its own prepping the BBQ or whiling away the afternoon hours on a picnic blanket in the park! Think fresh summery salads topped with chargrilled chicken. Or keep it super simple Chicken/ turkey sandwiches, picnic quiches or guacamole and chips. This amiable wine really caters for whatever the set up!
Rustenberg Chardonnay 2020:
Taste: Silky dried apricots and baked peaches revel in this consistent over performer. I can still never get over its fantastic value. It is a judicious hedonist with just the right amount of richness, ripeness and seductive silky touch.
Food Pairing: This is the perfect pairing for comfort food. For a chilled night in, grab a glass of this with your mushroom risotto, macaroni and cheese or quite frankly anything creamy or buttery. Perfection!
Bouchard Finlayson Crocodile’s Lair Chardonnay 2018:
Taste: I must admit this was not what I was expecting from a cool climate Saffa Chardonnay as they tend to be leaner examples of the grape. This took me by complete joyous surprise with its oolong tea smokiness, plush mouth filling embrace and golden apple and sun filled tangerine radiance! I felt deliciously ravished by this irrepressible and generous vinous companion!
Food Pairing: With its smoke show personality anything which has been chargrilled, smoked or braised would be amazing. From brisket to chargrilled cauliflower, this abundant wine could stand up to the umami flavours in Levantine cuisine, compete with creamy sauces and bring on the brawn to any barbequed meats.