{wine} Robertson Winery’s winter warming line up

With winter having shown its moody colours over these last few days, I can’t help but crave comforting bowls of baked puddings. Coupled with a selection of Robertson Winery‘s all-season soul-warming wines, I’m ready for the chill to settle in.

Introduction

Convinced I was born in the wrong season, my heart finds comfort in the throes of winter. I find solace in the darkness of the sky, the pitter-patter of the rain, the warmth emitted from my favourite jersey or pair of woolly socks. I particularly enjoy winter food; the kind that sticks to your ribs and fills that icy hole in the middle of your belly with the most pleasant kind of satisfaction and content.

Don’t get me wrong – I love the summer with its abundance of colourful fruit and endless hours of sunshine. My soul just somehow sits better within myself when its cold outside. With some of my favourite summer fruits making a gracious exit and bowing the knee to the first plump citrus, I decided to capture the last of summer in a purple plum torte.

Background

In a time of crisis, we have gratefully witnessed the benefits of having a well-established brand, and the unwavering loyalty and support of our followers, both locally and abroad.

A wide variety of prestigious awards received for our wines – 19 Medals – towards the end of ‘a year to forget’ were welcomed with open arms, reaffirming our reputation as a producer of excellent wines at affordable prices. It was immensely rewarding to have the quality of all our wines, across different wine styles, acknowledged by prominent wine judges and panelists, paying testament to the quality grapes grown by our 31 producers and the dedication of our teams, says Ankia Niemann, Head of Marketing and Sales at Robertson Winery.

Robertson Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Tasting notes:  full and fresh with powerful varietal aromas of bell-pepper, green apple and freshly cut grass, expressive mango and granadilla flavours and a zesty crispness.
In the vineyard: The vast majority of our Sauvignon Blanc vines are planted in deep, cool alluvial soils with high water holding capacity.
In the cellar:  Fermentation happened slowly in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 18 days at 12˚C.
Awards and accolades:
Gold: Ultra Value Wine Challenge 2020

Gold: Gold Wine Awards 2020
Cellar door price:  approx. R60 per bottle. Available at the winery, online at https://shop.robertsonwinery.co.za/ and nationally at leading grocers and liquor retailers. 

Robertson Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Tasting notes: This full-bodied expressive red wine shows an abundance of rich mulberry, plum and blackcurrant aromas and flavours with a hint of oak spice and vanilla, supported by soft luscious tannins which makes it smooth with a fruity softness.
In the vineyard: : The fruit was sourced from 35 specially selected grape growing families in the Robertson Valley
In the cellar:  The wine was matured on French Oak for 4 months to add weight and complexity.
Awards and accolades:
Double Gold: Ultra Value Wine Challenge 2020

Gold: Gold Wine Awards 2020
Cellar door price: approx. R75 per bottle. Available at the winery, online at https://shop.robertsonwinery.co.za/ and nationally at leading grocers and liquor retailers. 

A seasonal plum torte

Infused with aromatic spices reminiscent of winter, this plum torte couldn’t have been easier to make, or to consume. I was lucky enough to find a batch of dark ruby plums, glistening with the last of summer on their skins.

Halved, pitted and baked into a cinnamon and brown sugar-laden dough, it’s decadent and rich, yet light and airy.

Paired beautifully with either the Robertson Winery Sauvignon Blanc  2020 or the Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, this dessert didn’t last longer than the evening it was baked. Echoed in the juicy plum notes of the Cabernet Sauvignon, this was my favourite pairing, even though I also loved the way the Sauvignon Blanc balanced out the richness of the torte with a vibrant, tantalising acidity and slight zest.

In conclusion

I particularly enjoy a wine that carries over between seasons. A wine that can be enjoyed in summer at sunset just as easily as in winter over a hearty meal. I’ve found those all-seasons wine in the Robertson Winery‘s range, and will always keep a few bottles in my racks for when I’m craving the ultimate inter-seasonal indulgence.

Thank you so much, Robertson Winery, for sharing your award-winning wines with me!

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.

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