Two Festive Drinks from South Africa

Two specials to enjoy over Christmas from the country’s largest wines and spirits producer KWV

KWV Classic Cape Tawny

If you like tawny port you are going to love this dessert wine. Made from the Tinta Barocca, Cinsaut and Souzão grapes, multi-award winning KWV Classic Cape Tawny has been maturated for 8 – 10 years in a combination of 300 litre and 500 litre French oak barrels.

The extended maturation in wood has created a beautiful amber colour. There is dried fruit and orange notes, toffee and hazelnuts on the nose. On the palate the full complexity of this wine can be truly appreciated It’s a celebration fruit, almonds and caramel. The finish is long and persistent

Drink this as an aperitif, with your Christmas pudding or Stilton cheese.

Available from The Wine Society with an RRP of £9.00

KWV Cruxland Truffle infused Gin

In a world of premium gins this is a stand-out. The bouquet has floral and sweet notes with muted aromas of resinous pine and juniper. The floral character persists on the palate and is joined by a roller coaster ride of orange citrus. The taste is sweet and perfumed with an underpinning earthiness from the truffles. The finish is long and sustained with a permeating warmth.

You can drink this as a gin and tonic, in a martini and it’s ideal for making a negroni with the sweetness balancing out the bitterness of the Campari

Available from Morrisons with an RRP of £27

Also here are some festive wines which are worth a try


Big Bill Red – Ocado and independent retailers with an RRP of £8.99

Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay 2015 – Co-Op and Fine Wine Stores (limited availability) with an RRP of £10.99

Laborie Blanc de Blanc Brut MCC 2010 –, SH Jones and independent retailers


Château Pey La Tour Réserve du Château, Bordeaux Supérieur 2014 – The Wine Society with an RRP of £11.50

Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac, Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2008 – Sainsbury with an RRP of £22

Château La Garde 2010 Pessac-Leognan (Red) – The Wine Society with an RRP of £23

Château Roumieu 2014 Sauternes (0.375ml) – Co-op with an RRP of £12.99