Our Discovery Boxes are a great way to try a new varietal or to simply stick with something you know and love!
The six bottles will be packed in one of our beautiful wooden boxes, wrapped and ribboned and ready for you to collect, or we will deliver it to you, free of charge
Included is an information sheet (or cheat sheet), with a description of each wine and which food to pair it with. Impress everyone at your next dinner party!
For a long time, Rosé wine has had a bad reputation. A lot of people believed it to only be a cheap, sweet wine which left you with a bad hangover. Thankfully those times have passed and since the early 2000s, Rosé is on the rise again. In Provence, in France, you will find light, dry, fresh and fruity styles based on Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah. Spain brings us semi-sweet to bone dry, oaked and unoaked styles. Canada and South Africa even blend red and white grapes great new blends. Essentially every country has their own take and style with the use of international and native grape varieties.
Rosé is made very similar to red wine, just with less skin contact. To explain further, grapes are pressed and then left with the skins to macerate and extract the depth of colour desired. Depth of colour is not an indication of sweetness, nor weight, as it primarily comes down to time spent on skins. The primary flavour profiles of rose are red fruits, citrus, florals, rhubarb and sometimes melon and stone fruit. Oaked roses can take on a soft nuttiness and creamy texture. Most popular and available styles thought are fresh and crisp with bright acidity (mouthwatering quality).
In the ‘Old World,’ places within Europe, still rosé must be only made of red varietals to hold most appellation status. This is the most common and frequent used technique for making Rosé, however with lack of wine law in the ‘New World’ red and white grapes may be blended to make that beautiful pink colour and flavour. The only place in Europe where this is permitted is in Champagne where the wines are pressed separately and then blended together to make white and pink styles we know and love.
1. Chateau des Chaberts, Cuvee Prestige 2018 - Grenache & Cinsault
This biodynamically farmed, low yield Rosé has a concentrated floral nose with delicate red fruits shining through. Lilacs and wild strawberries give a fresh aroma which translates to an elegant palate.
Food Pairing: Fresh, dry, with bright approachable acidity, this wine would sit nicely alongside salads, fresh shellfish, panfried white and pink fish, or on its own while enjoying some glorious Cayman sun.
2. Domaine Sauger, Cheverny 2018 - Pinot Noir, Gamay & Cot (Malbec)
Concentrated ripe berries on the nose can be deceiving with this wine. You expect to taste sweet yet it is dry, with raspberries, wild strawberries and cherries following through on the palate.
Food Pairing: This Rosé has enough body and flavor concentration stand up to tomato-based pizza, grilled white meats, and seafood. The bright acidity, along with the powerful fruit means it also pairs beautifully with charcuterie meats or as an aperitif.
3. Kleinood, Tamboerskloof Katharien 2018 - Syrah
As this wine is made from 100% Syrah, the dominant fruit characters are much more on the black fruit spectrum. Blackcurrant, blackberry leaf, wild ripe raspberry with a slightly herbaceous note with this is a powerful Rosé while maintaining balance, a light body, and a refreshingly clean finish.
Food Pairing: This little number has enough flavour and body to stand up to grilled pork, barbequed chicken or turkey burgers, even beef carpaccio.
4. The Foreign Affair, Amarose 2016 - Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
Taking inspiration from the great wines of Amarone, these grapes have been dried out in the winery 'appasimento' style. Fermented in stainless steel this leaves the wine bright and fresh with an intense aroma of strawberries, melon, citrus and pineapple. These flavors all translate to the palate adding in a hint of orange blossom. Traditionally these two grapes are blended together to make Champagne, so here is a new ‘still’ outlook on a classic ‘bubbly’ wine.
5. Matarredonda, Melisa 2016 - Tempranillo
A light off-dry Tempranillo based Rosé with a similar sweetness to a Kabinett style Riesling. On the nose, you’ll find notes of ripe cherries, strawberries and blackcurrant juice, with a refreshing finish. Despite retaining residual sugar, this wine is light on the palate.
Food Pairing: An easy-drinking, fun and fruity wine, great with spicy food or drinking by the pool.
6. Haute Cabriere, Tranquille, Classique Still Wine - Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
Made with 55% Pinot Noir and the rest of the blend made up of Chardonnay, this wine has a light pink hue with a floral and refreshing bouquet. Citrus fruits such as ripe limes and red berries such as cranberries and strawberries are the main aromas.
Food Pairing: With bright acidity and a long fresh finish, this wine is calling out for shellfish and light white fish, or on its own as an aperitif.
Champagne, France 6 x 750ml bottles|12% ABV Professional Ratings: WS 90 W&S 90 Critical Acclaim: 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is what you expect a prestige Champagne to look, smell and taste like. Poised and stylish, it layers sharp citrus...
Montalcino, Tuscany - Italy 750ml |15% ABV Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello) Critical Acclaim Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 97 Points The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Schiena d'Asino is a gorgeous wine and one that I highly recommend if you...
Montalcino, Tuscany - Italy 750ml |15% ABV Grape Variety: 20% Sangiovese 80% Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Notes After ageing for 18 months in French oak tonneau and small barrels. This wine is then rested in bottle for a further 6 months before release....