Make winter solstice bearable with an exceptional red wine
Issued by DKC on behalf of Durbanville Hills - Jun 10th 2016, 13:01
Spend the official first day of winter on 21 June, with a luxurious red wine to beat the chill and the early setting-sun. Winter solstice, when the sun is at its northernmost position in the sky, is the shortest day of the year and Durbanville Hills’ reserve 2012 Rhinofields Merlot is a great way to turn a cold, gloomy evening into something special.
The wine is sourced from vineyards of opposing slopes: one from a sunny, north-facing hill chosen for the prominent varietal aromas delivered by its grapes, the other, south facing, and cooler, selected for the structure it imparts. The wine was fermented on the skins, where it remained for a further week to extract maximum colour, fruit, and tannins before maturation for 14 months in small French oak barrels.
Medium to full-bodied, it offers ripe cherry and other dark fruit aromas and tastes with hints of aniseed, mint, and sweet tobacco. Serve it with ragout of lamb, black olives and fresh thyme; roast chicken stuffed with prunes; seared tuna; cottage pie or roast turkey. On its own, it will make the perfect accompaniment to a stormy or wind-chilled night.
The 2012 Rhinofields Merlot retails for R125 from the cellar or can be bought via www.vinoteque.co.za.Click here for more information on Durbanville Hills
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