{wine} Winter warmers: butter chicken bunny chow and Skyline Wine

With the winter months drawing closer, so does my craving for rib-sticking comfort food. Add a bottle of Skyline Late Harvest Wine to a warming winter meal, and you won’t be talking about the weather anymore.

Introduction

Not a particular fan of categorising wine varietals into seasons, I believe that a good white is just as welcome as a moody red in the winter months. I do, however, prefer heavier whites when the weather turns, as it pairs so beautifully with rich, hearty meals.

I recently received a gift from Skyline Wines, which inspired me to dust off my mind’s one-pot-dinner recipe repetoire, and the first thing that came to mind to pair with this full-bodied semi-sweet beauty, was butter chicken bunny chow.

Background

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 (press release).

For an upside down pineapple cake recipe served with Skyline, please click here!

To read more about Skyline and what late harvest wine is, please click here!

Skyline Late Harvest Wine

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. R60 for the 750ml bottle and R150 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.

Butter chicken bunny chows

I eagerly unearthed my collection of curry spices from the back of the cupboard, along with a tin of coconut milk and chopped tomatoes. A beautiful pack of diced free-range chicken breasts, an onion and a fragrant mixture of curry powder and masala, and my pot of creamy chicken curry was pottering away on a low heat.

In the meantime, I kneaded a batch of milk-bread dough and stuffed little rolls into my mini-bread loaf pan. I didn’t feel like the imminent mess of a monster bunny chow, and have always preferred the bite sized ones instead.

Still steaming from the oven, I carefully cut a lid and hollowed out the little loaves, filling the fluffy cavity with a scoop of aromatic curry. A sprinkle of parsley, a glass of Skyline and the perfect weekend lunch was on the table.

The sweeter, dried fruit notes of the Skyline was beautifully framed by the curry spice, tempering it down to an intensely fruity, equally aromatic wine. Bold enough to stand up against the curry, the balanced acidity was the perfect playmate for the creamy coconut milk notes.

In conclusion

If the cooler weather leaves you craving for your white wines, opt for the versatility of Skyline Wine. Just as stunning served chilled with dessert as it is mixed into a spritzer for a sundowner, you can’t help but warm from the inside with a glass of this voluptuous wine in hand.

I’ll be enjoying mine with warming pots of curry this winter, a little reminder of summer days in a golden glass.

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.

The Little Hedonist endorses responsible drinking.
Don’t drink and drive. Not for persons under 18.

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