Grape therapy: Start the New Year with a change from your usual tipple

New year, new wines! There’s never been a better time to be a wine lover than now. If you’re in the market for something cool and unique to try in 2020, check out these wines that merit a second look.

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Tokara Méthode Cap Classique

Style: Fruity-earthy

Tokara has just released the second vintage of its ultra-stylish Méthode Cap Classique. Not only does this dashing MCC come packaged in an unusual Butterfly bottle that’s specially designed to lend gravitas and sophistication, it’s also an incredibly moreish bubbly that will leave you yearning for another sip. A touch fruitier than French sparklers, this MCC has a fine, consistent mousse that interplays with aromas of freshly baked brioche, fresh apples and a hint of lemon blossom typical of chardonnay. Delicate bubbles explode in your mouth upon entry, leaving you with mouth filling flavours of toasted almonds, freshly buttered toast, notes of lemon and lime preserve and crisp minerality. It pairs excellently with chicken and pork dishes that play with sweet and sour flavours.

R650 from the cellar door (includes a gift box)

GP Merlot 2018

Grande Provence Merlot 2018

Style: Fruity-spicy

Grande Provence has given merlot its rightful place with the launch of a new single varietal wine offering – the summer-friendly Grande Provence Merlot 2018. The aromas of vibrant dark cherries and raspberries with hints of wild herbs, tomato leaf and dark chocolate enlivened by touches of cinnamon, cloves and orange peel will make you think you’re in a garden while you sip this wine. It’s a lovely, smooth medium bodied merlot with a soft and subtle finesse. We suggest chilling it briefly and serving it with herb-crusted lamb or rich meat dishes like roast duck, turkey and lean cuts of beef. When it comes to this merlot, it’s all about the sauce, so also try it with beef bourguignon. Don’t be surprised if your guests finish it long before dinner comes out the kitchen though!

R170 from the cellar door or online at

RW Non-Alc Dry Sparkling White

Robertson Winery Dry Non-Alcoholic Sparkling White

Style: Fruity-floral

If you’re choosing to drink less because you’re embarking on a much-needed detox or it’s your turn to be the designated driver, you can still enjoy the fun of fizz without the alcohol with the new Robertson Winery Dry Non-Alcoholic Sparkling White. Fun, bright, easy, light … that sounds like the description for the ideal summer day. This also happens to be the style of this delightfully dry wine with a vivacious sparkle. Gorgeous notes of pear and mandarin come to the fore accompanied by hints of orange blossom and honeysuckle, making it refreshing and charmingly drinkable. It’s perfect for every occasion – think poolside sipping, picnics, braais, sundowners at the beach, jovial chats around the table and partying with friends. Remember to serve it well chilled to keep the bubbles and flavours at their peak.

Between R50 and R55 from your local bottle store

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