My choice to pair with my Karoo lamb chops is Van Loveren’s Christina van Loveren Shiraz.
Van Loveren Family Vineyards, the renowned winery in the Robertson Wine Valley, recently revitalised its flagship Christina range of family reserve wines with a gorgeous new bottle design. Named after the family matriarch who arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1699, these are limited release wines made of hand-picked fruit.
All the wines in the range are made from single block vineyards and released in numbered bottles. The vinification of Christina wines takes place in a boutique cellar within the greater Van Loveren winery, allowing the winemakers to focus their attention on small components of exquisite quality.
The Christina Shiraz is a real food wine. Full bodied and oak-matured, it has pepper on the nose along with berry notes and a touch of perfume and spice. Available from the estate at R124 per bottle, it drinks well now, but has the potential to develop further with maturation.