December holidays is synonymous with sunsets, sunshine, sand and sea. This year I’ve found my perfect holiday companion for all my summer expeditions: Skyline Late Harvest – a new dawn has broken.
Like our favourite pair of flip-flops, we all have summer staples. Things that make our hot summer holidays even more festive. We start to pull our outdoor gear out of hibernation as we plan to tackle the beaches, the parks and the mountains in our pursuit of sunshine.
A few weeks ago, a bottle (and a box!) of Skyline Late Harvest crossed my desk and I was immediately intrigued by the luscious golden, honey-toned bottle and branding. It immediately reminded me of everything summer and sun.
This year, along with my trusty flip-flops, oversized sunglasses and beloved peak caps, I’ll be relying on Skyline Late Harvest to add that certain festive element to my summer excursions.
Skyline – its name is its bond. And, as its label declares: this is indeed the finest gold reserve quality, a semi-sweet white wine to savour and enjoy.
Skyline Late Harvest is a sleek, delicious and full-bodied wine coming to you, wherever you are in the country. Imagine a wine resplendent with tones of rich honey and fruit, in a magnificent dusk-coloured pack that sets it apart. That’s Skyline Late Harvest.
Inspired by a vibrant new generation with an uncompromising taste for the good things in life, Skyline Late Harvest is named for South Africa’s great cityscapes. And it was made in this image too (press release).
What’s the fuss about late harvest wine?
Late harvest wine is made from the grapes that were left on the vines long after they’ve reached their peak ripeness. As time passes and the hot African sun continues to naturally dehydrate the grapes left on the vine, the sugars concentrate as the water levels drop. This results into a higher sugar, higher potential alcohol content wine than standard table wine. Grapes used for late harvest wine are usually picked between one and two months after the other grapes were harvested for table wine. Late harvest wine is usually an indication of a sweet dessert wine.
Late harvest wines are not the sickly-sweet wine your grandparents used to drink after a meal on a Sunday afternoon anymore. Recently, a new dawn has broken for late harvest wines as a younger generation of wine lovers experiment with pairing this gorgeous wine with different foods and flavours.
Skyline Late Harvest
This semi-sweet white wine is packed with sun-ripened stone fruit flavours, raw golden honey notes, with just a touch of sweetness to balance out the zing of the fresh grapes. It’s perfect for your picnic baskets, your sunset hikes or late afternoon dinner party. Bring it with to your next girl’s date, serve it chilled next to the pool, or just kick up your feet on the patio after a long day at work. Skyline is about taking time to appreciate the good things in life and for me, that is summer holidays.
Tasting notes: Elegant aromas of dried apricot, peaches, honey and floral notes. Full and rich, bursting with flavours of dried fruit and rounded off with a nice acidity to keep it fresh.
In the vineyard: This is a single cultivar wine, best of its kind, made from only top-notch Chenin Blanc grapes. The fruit was harvested later in season, when natural sugars are concentrated in the fruit. So, no sugar is added.
In the cellar: It is bottled at 11,2% alcohol.
Cellar door price: Approx. R49,99 for the 750ml bottle and R134.99 for the convenient three-litre bag-in-a-box.
Serving suggestions: Serve cold in small dessert wine glasses, or in standard white wine glasses. Ideal temperature is between 7 and 13 degrees Celsius. Chill it and pour or mix with soda and serve on ice.
The Little Hedonist’s food pairing suggestions: This bottle of golden sunshine screams for nutty cheeses with all the trimmings. Think about a soft-ripened brie, wedges of mature Boerenkaas or even slivers of Gruyère. Another obvious pairing would be with desserts, and I’m here for all the citrussy goodness, that will add a whole new level to the sweet notes of Skyline. What about a fluffy lemon meringue, lemon drizzle cake, lemon and poppy seed loaf or even a keylime pie? Stay away from chocolate and rather look for desserts with coconut, vanilla, caramel or fruit elements.
For the ultimate taste experience, pair your Skyline with sour, salty or spicy food – this will create a lovely hum as it satisfies all of your tastebuds.
Skyline Late Harvest is a lovely wine to experiment with this summer. Dress it up or down, Skyline is the wine you invite to your sundowner sessions. Beautifully golden, made only with the very best, Skyline will change how you see the world of wine.
Disclaimer: I was given this product(s) as part of a press drop in exchange for my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of The Little Hedonist, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated/credited, are also my own.