Pour something pink in her glass this Mother’s Day


ATTENTION please! It’s Mother’s Day this coming Sunday so I hope you get – and get her – something nice. Even a phone call or a message can go a long way to making Mum feel special, but if you want something tangible, here are some options sure to put a smile on her face without breaking the bank.

Pink is my favourite colour so I might be a little biased here; Twee Jonge Gezellen, a 300-year-old farm in Tulbagh, has put two of its Krone Vintage Rosé Cap Classiques into beautiful navy blue and gold packaging ready to present to the woman in your life.

Krone Rosé Cuvée Brut 2017 is a blend of 85% Pinot Noir,15% Chardonnay and pays tribute to that dominant grape with a lovely salmon-pink hue and refreshing berries and cream on the palate. If you’re ambitious and out to impress, make a lunch with these suggested pairings: charred squid with tamarind and pineapple salsa, creamy prawn and avocado cocktail with spiced lime wedges, salmon with crispy skin crackling and wild rice, sesame-encrusted seared tuna, or a charcuterie board featuring parma ham, prosciutto and saucisson sec.

For the sweeter taste, Krone Night Nectar Demi-Sec Rosé 2017 blends the same varietals in the same ratio, so you’ll get all that berry creaminess in the mousse with less dryness. It goes well with prawns grilled on hot coals with coconut-lime basting and peach chutney, sticky pork belly, porchetta with mushroom stuffing, strawberry cream cake, or raspberry pinwheels.

It’s so difficult to choose, but at an approximate retail price of R145 a bottle, why not splurge for both?

For more information, click here.

There’s more pink prettiness inside the Fat Bastard Pinor Noir Rosé 2017. Be inspired with your gift-giving and pop it into one of those clever clear wine bags, maybe with some flowers, and sweets or chocolate (see featured image). So what if this is a cliché? Heck, I’d be delighted to receive such a gift any day of the year.

Harvested from the limestone-rich soil in the Robertson Valley, the grapes were gently cold-pressed to achieve the wine’s lovely colour, and you’ll find it bursting with red fruity summery aromas like strawberry and watermelon garnished with florals. Chill it and serve with seared salmon, beef carpaccio or BBQ ribs. Yum.

The wine retails between R75 and R85. If all this pink is too much to deal with, look out for the newly released Golden Reserve 2017, a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. With its dark ruby colour and dark fruits, it’s an affordable must for winter. Enjoy on its own in front of the fire, or get thee into the kitchen to whip up a bit of roast lamb, a hearty rich oxtail, or a tender ribeye steak. The retail price is R110 to R120.

For more information, click here. You’ll also find details about a great competition for a weekend for two at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa in Jozi, valued at R50 000. All you have to do is buy any bottle of Fat Bastard wine with a promotional neck tag anywhere in South Africa and follow the instructions on the neck tag before May 31, 2018, or enter online.


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