With a label as pretty as our unique fynbos veld and wine that taste like summer sunsets, you si(m)ply have to try Elgin Vintners’ new Fynbos Lite Premium cans.
Wine in a can is nothing new. We’ve had the debates and made the comparisons. Personally, the absolute convenience and lower carbon footprint offered by wine cans are incredibly important and valid features of this type of packaging. Coupled with perfect portion control, there’s no doubt that canned wines will exponentially fill their spots in wine racks over the next few years.
When I received a pretty pair of Elgin Vintners‘ Fynbos Lite Premium White and Red cans at the end of last year, my breath caught for a minute. I’ve seen this pastel cans photographed on social media, flaunted in front of sunsets and vineyards, but nothing prepared me for the actual feel of the can in my hand. Every bit as picturesque as I imagined, it certainly presented as a luxurious drink.
Always keen to try new wines, and a great fan of Elgin Vintners‘ wines, I couldn’t chill these cans fast enough.
In the heart of the Elgin Valley, surrounded by the Kogelberg Biosphere, a world heritage site, lies the home of Elgin Vintners on the Elgin Orchards farm which dates to 1890. Elgin Orchards is a WWF Conservation Champion, contributing to the survival of the FYNBOS species in the special cool-climate region. Fynbos Lite commemorates the efforts of their conservation heroes (https://elginvintners.co.za/philosophy/).
Fynbos Lite Premium White
Tasting notes: Perfumed notes of apple blossom and white stone fruit followed by whiffs of tropical fruit, citrus and minerality. The subtle shy notes of vanilla compliments. Surprising full palate for this low alcohol wine. The natural acidity offers backbone and offers a long lingering finish.
In the vineyard: Sauvignon blanc, Viognier, Semillon, and Chardonnay
In the cellar: The 4 wines were fermented separately, of which the Chardonnay was barrel fermented and aged on the fine lees for 6 months. Thereafter the wine was blended to achieve a full mid-palate. Pre-bottling the alcohol was reduced to a final 8.5 % v/v.
Cellar door price: Online, R168 for 4 x 300ml cans
Fynbos Lite Premium Red
Tasting notes: An explosion of fresh ripe red berry fruits on the nose. Red cherry aromas mingled with soft oaky creamy notes entices further. Just enough soft tannin grip on the palate makes this lite alcohol wine serious, ending with a long juicy finish.
In the vineyard: Merlot and Shiraz
In the cellar: The Merlot grapes were destemmed and whole berries fermented in stainless steel tank. The Shiraz were whole bunch fermented in open top wooden fermenters. After press the 2 wines were blended and after malolactic fermentation aged for 6 months in tank with a combination of specially selected oak staves. The alcohol was reduced pre-bottling to 8.5 % v/v
Cellar door price: Online, R168 for 4 x 300ml cans
A light lunch affair
Convenience and fast-food culture aside, there’s nothing quick about these two wines. Without a doubt, Elgin Vintners has put the same amount of hard work, effort, time and patience into these cans as they would into their passionately crafted bottles. The same processes followed, the same grapes harvested, the same commitment shown and most important (to me!) – the same unmistakable cool climate character of Elgin Vintners’ wines tasted.
I decided to pair these delights with a vegan light lunch of fluffy steamed bao buns, filled with strips of vegan patties and a quick Asian coleslaw. I loved how aesthetically pleasing this combination looked through my lens – both lending pops of colour to the table.
Our hot South African summers beg for convenience food that’s not heavy or filling, which is why these 20-minute-to-prep filled bao buns are a perfect match to these lighter wines. Each can serves around two (industry) standard glasses of wine, or if you’re a little hedonistic like me, one perfect sundowner-sized glass. Just great for a plate of bite-sized morsels on the side.
I chilled the red slightly before cracking it open, but that’s just how I prefer some red wines in the summer. What’s lovely about the cans, too, is that they chill down faster because of the aluminium. Where the white wine lapped up the pillowy goodness of the bao buns, the red wine mingled with the beetroot base of the vegan patties, making this a great late-afternoon indulgence.
Elgin Vintners are running an incredible selection of offers at the moment, with massive savings on cases of wine across their ranges. Their online shop is open for sales, deliveries to take place after the lockdown restrictions has been lifted.
Adorned in delicate prints of our local fauna and flora found in the Kogelberg area, the Fynbos Lite Premium wine cans are pure conversation starters. Elegant on the eye and palate, these wine cans certainly open the cellars of the Elgin Valley to a wider audience to experience.
Having had my fair share of sipping on canned wines, I must admit – I secretly didn’t expect anything less from Elgin Vintners. Gorgeous wines in daintily elegant packaging that’s not only good for us, but also for the environment.
Thank you, Elgin Vintners, for upholding your continued promise of quality over convenience, even when it comes to your Fynbos Lite Premium cans.
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