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  • by Hazel Booth
  • Sep 29, 2015
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Scottish Leader releases two new flavours in South Africa

Scottish Leader releases two new flavours in South Africa 

South Africans have been the first recipients of two new flavours recently released by Scottish Leader. The renowned whisky makers kicked off their new look, as well as enhanced blends, with an advertising campaign shot on location in Cape Town. The single malt content of Scottish Leader Original has been upped and was released in South Africa in November 2014. The premium Scottish Leader Signature offers an amplified island malt influence, which has created a rich, smoky profile for a complex and layered whisky.

New Web Ellis wine release bridges the gap

Wine lovers are in for a treat with the newly released Web Ellis wine. This wine bridges their way by embracing the past, present and future by marrying new techniques with traditional methods. A blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon from the Jonkershoek Valley and 35% syrah from Groenekloof, only 780 bottles of this superb wine were produced. A deep, earthy red wine with red and dark fruits and notes of liquorice and black olives, it is a sophisticated and beautifully balanced wine which will develop with careful cellaring.

There are 600 bottles available from the cellar with the rest available from a select set of specialist wine merchants for a retail price of R1 000. The blend was barreled in French oak for 20 months.

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The tasting room is open Monday to Friday, 10am till 4:30pm, Saturdays and public holidays from 10am till 5pm and closed on Sundays. Go to www.neilelllis.com

Grant’s Select Reserve comes to South Africa

Grant’s released their premium blend, the Grant’s Select Reserve, in May this year to the South African public. Whisky enthusiasts will not be strangers to Grant’s craftsmanship and will definitely not be disappointed with the Select Reserve blend. With its distinctive sweet, rich and peaty flavour, this blend is top of the Grant’s range of multi-layered whiskies with hints of fresh fruits, spices and light peat with a long-lasting finish and smoky sweetness.

Grant’s Select Reserve has a recommended retail price of R279.95.

For the ladies – Muratie releases Rosé Cap Classique 


The ladies requested and Muratie listened and responded: the result is the Lady Alice Brut Rosé 2012, a classically-styled crisp dry Methode Cap Classique. With pronounced aromas of lemons, limes, almond blossom and toasted cereal initially, the flavours turn to citrus, toasted and buttered brioche with a salty edge. Expect zesty rounded fruits and a long lingering finish. Try pairing this wine with oysters or Gentleman’s Relish on toast – however you enjoy it, it’s perfect for any celebration.

Recommended retail price: R160

Say Olé with Nederburg’s Ingenuity Spanish blend

Nederburg’s cellarmaster Razvan Macici is proud to announce the richly-fruited and plush 2012 Ingenuity Spanish blend.

A blend of Rioja varieties - 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano – this wine is best served with spicy dishes such as paella, game fish, chorizo, grilled venison, beef or pork, smoked meats. It also pairs well with dishes featuring roasted brinjals, peppers and mushrooms.

The blend, which is part of Nederburg’s flagship Ingenuity collection, can be cellared for at least 10 to 15 years.

It is available from the farm – visit www.vinoteque.co.za, as well as selected wine specialists in the major centres for a recommended retail price of R280.  Visit www.nederburg.co.za for more information, or email nedwines@distell.co.za 

Hennessy hits the 250-year mark with style

What better way to celebrate 250 years of sublime cognac making than to launch a special collector’s blend? The Hennessy 250 Collector Blend is presented in a collector’s edition decanter and gift box and offers aromatic tones ranging from bitter orange, fresh nutmeg and liquorice to dried peppermint leaves and saffron. A selection of 100 eaux-die-vie were aged in 250 specially commissioned Limousin oak barrels to create this unique blend with an approximate recommended retail price of R6 000.

Hennessy has also launched the Hennessy 250 Tour which showcases their heritage as envisioned by internationally acclaimed artists and curated by curator Hervé Mikaeloff, in collaboration with Nathalie Crinière. The tour, which takes visitors behind the scenes of Hennessy into the brand’s story, will pass through five countries between March and September, including South Africa. See the travelling exhibit this month at Johannesburg’s Circa Gallery.

Visit www.hennessy.com 

Get the Skinny on Four Cousins’ new range 

Raise your glasses to the new Four Cousins Skinny, a selection of light wines that introduces a healthy option for wine lovers that allows you to stand tall when facing the scale.

With a new look for the Four Cousins Light range, you can choose from Four Cousins Skinny White (previously Extra Light), Skinny Rosé (previously Light) and Skinny Red (brand new).  Skinny White is a flavoursome dry white with nuances of kiwi and jasmine and spicy pear that pairs well with fish, salads, or vegetarian dishes. Skinny Rosé has sweet cranberry flavours and an aromatic muscat nose, which means this semi-sweet blush wine is great for any social occasion. The newcomer in this stable is the unwooded Skinny Red which pairs well with stews and soups with its summer berry flavours.

Not only do these wines offer a lower alcohol and kilojoule content, but they carry the Weigh-Less stamp of approval.

Recommended retail price: R35.

New duo from Fat Bastard 

One thing is for sure: when you invest in a bottle of Fat Bastard, you are assured of a full-bodied wine and they have just extended their range to include Fat Bastard Merlot and Fat Bastard Rosé.

Aged in oak barrels for 16 months, The Fat Bastard Merlot is a ripe-flavoured and silky textured wine with a ruby colour and ripe berry aromas. Pair this wine with roast lamb, oxtail or lamb cutlets to bring out the palate of blackberries, plums and black cherries.  Recommended retail price is R95 to R100.

There’s no mistaking the quality of the Fat Bastard Pinot Noir Rosé with its lovely salmon pink and sweet strawberry and watermelon aromas, which follow on a creamy palate filled with summer berries. Serve this wine well chilled and pair with seared salmon, beef carpaccio or BBQ ribs.

Recommended retail price is R75 and R80. Call 023 626 8817, email info@robertsonwinery.co.za or visit www.robertsonwinery.co.za

Welcome to the dark side with Savanna’s premium apple cider

Black on the outside, pure gold on the inside – that’s Savanna Dark, a premium apple cider.

Expect a slow brewed and mysterious cider with a crisp, bold taste and a golden hue with the distinctive dry Savanna taste. It’s the perfect cider for a night at the club, hanging at a café or bar or at home relaxing with friends. Recommended retail price is R59.95 per 6-pack or R215 per case.

Get those summer vibes with Über Flavour 

Born out of the ancient art of Japanese tea making and containing all natural ingredients, Über Flavour’s range of beverages are made using 100% fresh fruit juices and rooibos. With high antioxidant levels, they offer three flavours: Honey and Lemon, Apple and Cinnamon, and Mango and Vanilla. These infusions have no added sugars or preservative and they are perfect as healthy mixers for cocktails. Keep an eye out for these refreshing new brews in summer. Recommended retail price: R24.99 per bottle.