New Barista black – smooth enough for James Bond

Were he real, the world’s most celebrated secret agent would now be 100. His creator and many actors who portrayed him over the years may be long gone, but the image of this super smooth spy dude still lives large. Pinotage is also approaching the 100-year mark, so when the folks at Barista decided it’s time to celebrate the upcoming centenary of this truly South African cultivar, they set out creating a wine that would express luxury in the most timeless of fashions. Something 007 would have pushed his martini aside for… Enter new Barista Black.

Grapes for this wine are sourced predominantly from a 20-year-old bush vine vineyard in the Swartland. Fermentation took place in stainless tanks and the wine was then matured for 18 months with 20% of the wine aged in first-fill French barriques.

On the nose you’ll find plums, red currants and baking spice. The palate has a juicy fruit core with velvety tannins and oak complexity. The finish is long, smooth and pleasantly dry. The black bottle design screams urbane sophisticate, making it the ideal gift for that 007 smooth-as-they-come mate celebrating a special occasion. Find it countrywide at grocers and fine wine merchants at around the R150 mark.

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Robertson Winery ­– doing good with Really Good Wine

Want to enjoy a glass of vino with dinner and do some good at the same time? Well now you can, with wines from Robertson Winery. Their most loved and award-winning cultivars are now branded part of their new Really Good Wine range. With Really Good Wine, Robertson Winery is giving back to the community of Robertson. The creation of the much-needed Really Good Library at Nkqubela Primary School in Robertson is their biggest and most exciting Really Good community project to date.

Which wines form part of the Really Good Wine range? Their Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Beaukett, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Available in 750ml bottles and very pocket-pleasing 1L, 2L and 3L boxes, watch out for their Really Good Wine branding and share in the joys of giving and making a difference!

Doing good: The new Really Good Library at Nkqubela Primary School in Robertson.

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FAT bastard Chardonnay – now available in a 2L box!

FAT bastard Chardonnay, the original and most awarded FAT bastard wine and one of South Africa’s favourite Chardonnays, is now available in a new slimline 2-litre box! So why the excitement? Because it offers fabulous value for money AND they guarantee that what’s in the box is exactly the same quality wine as the one you’d find in the bottle! The slimline design means it fits neatly in a fridge door where it will keep fresher for longer – up to four weeks. Plus it’s easy to pack and carry, making it great for enjoying in the outdoors. The new 2L FAT bastard Chardonnay is available countrywide with a retail price of R150-R170.

About this article: I only write about places and things I actually really like. Should I receive complimentary meals/tickets/diamonds, this will always be revealed. I’m not in the rubbishing business, so if something is not my cup of tea, I’ll simply not write about it (but I’ll keep the diamonds). Therefore this is not so much a review, as a personal recommendation of places and things I like.

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