Our wine of the month features highlight spectacular wines that are not only delicious but affordable and perfect for paring with your favorite foods! Sponsored by Branwar Wines Distributing Co. this month’s edition is all about Valentine’s Day Wine and the perfect Port to pair with chocolate. Stay tuned to Gristle & Gossip for more South African wines that will tickle those taste buds of yours!
Whenever I think of what wine may pair perfectly with chocolate two key words stick out in my mind: Red and Sweet. Which is exactly why I selected Peter Bayly Cape Vintage Port 2009 for my Valentine’s Day wine feature.
Peter Bayly Cape Vintage Port 2009 is a full-bodied rich wine that can be enjoyed now or later. Crafted from Touriga Naçional, Tinta Barocca and Souzão, the Duoro’s quintessential Port varietals and utilizing artisanal winemaking techniques; including natural fermentation, foot-treading, basket pressing and maturation in seasoned large casks for eighteen months prior to hand bottling unfiltered and unfined.
Klein Karoo, South Africa
A pitch black centre and garnet hued rim invites one into a bouquet bursting with aromas of black hedgerow fruits, plum, “fynbos”, mulling spices and undertones of new leather, cacao, liquorice and brandied apricots. Black cherry, macerated brambles, plump fresh plums, cracked pepper, all-spice, fynbos, liquorice and “meaty” undertones all vie for attention from the taste buds. The palate is complex, dense and the finish is, characteristic of only the finest Cape Vintage Port, dry and endless with the lingering twang of liquorice and spicy brandied fruits.