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{recipe} Pineapple upside down cake and Skyline Late Harvest

December 18, 2020

Skyline Late Harvest will be adding a bit of tropical sunshine to my summer this year. Served icy cold, as a spritzer or simply as a sundowner, Skyline is the golden lining around the cloud of 2020.


Blessed with a palate that embraces most wine varietals, there is a place for every wine style in my life – it all just depends on the occasion.  Summer for me, is synonymous with sunsets and an icy sweet wine. The honeyed notes remind me of the setting sun, and the golden hue of the skyline.

Not my first encounter with Skyline Late Harvest, I was excited to receive a bottle of this liquid nectar at my door a few weeks ago, just in time for the festive season.

Eager to share my bounty, I decided to pair it with a delicious upside down pineapple cake. Hungry yet? Keep on reading for the recipe and tasting notes!

Read my full review on Skyline Late Harvest here!


Skyline Late Harvest is a sleek, delicious and full-bodied wine that launched last year. It may no longer be the new kid on the block, but this attractive youngster continues to draw attention wherever stocked.

In case you missed out on this crowd-pleaser, let’s paint the picture for you. 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.

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. It is bottled at 11,2% alcohol.

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

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.

A golden pairing

Skyline Late Harvest is a fine balance of sweetness and acidity, and thus the perfect companion for a wide variety of dishes. Pair it up with something sweet for after dinner, or dress it down with a rich, moody meal. It’s also the perfect drink for your al-fresco fires and picnics, especially with some grilled chicken, or seafood.

I decided to compliment the gorgeous semi-sweet notes of the Skyline Late Harvest with an upside down pineapple cake – beautifully moist and dense, with just a hint of cheeky zest from the pineapple. When it’s baked and plated, the sticky honey cools to a dark golden caramel-like sauce, making the cake look glossy and more-ish. I also added some fresh thyme leaves into the sauce, and fresh on top for serving. The earthy, aromatic herbiness of the thyme offsets the sweetness perfectly. Sticky, gnarly and ridiculously summery – this is a showstopper family dessert.

It would also pair a treat with Christmas cheese platters or with your fruit cake, trifle or even a classic milktart!

In conclusion

A perfect all-rounder for the festive season. Affordable, filled with that signature Chenin Blanc tropicalness on the nose and palate, Skyline Late Harvest is meant for those who enjoy the small moments in life most. It looks beautiful, it presents beautiful and it tastes even more beautiful.

Thank you, Van Loveren, for bringing us such a joyous bottle of wine – one that begs to be shared and cheers’ed!

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