Champagnes and sparkling wines have been the toast of Christmas and New Year holiday dates but there is no ruling out red, white and rose still wines from the mix.
Wines are beautiful, fruity with a complex acidity which makes it a perfect choice for the end of the year festivities.
So this Christmas, whether you’re marking a wedding anniversary or having an end-of-the-year last supper with your special one, let the beautiful, fruity and complex acidity of wines make the memories remarkable in your mind.
We scouted and brought you 10 special wines that are fit for your Christmas date.
Carlo Rossi Sweet Red
If you had a good and memorable year, there is no better choice than Carlo Rossi Sweet Red. The light-medium body of this wine, combined with its fresh notes of flower and flavours of bright red fruits will match your Christmas Day chicken stew and/or pepper soup.
Robertson Chapel Sweet Red
This special South African wine is not just sweet, but juicy, smooth and bursting with cherry and ripe banana flavours. It is an easy-to-drink red wine that helps you ease away the stress of the year while simmering in the excitement of the season. It does not shy away from spicy meals when paired during dates.
Chateau De Pez
Chateau De Pez 2011 is a deep-coloured wine with a young rim. Aromas of black fruit and spices are revealed on the nose with a dense palate, bodied and full of lingering fragrance in the finish. With a bottle of Chateau de Pez set in front of you, your Christmas date gets a luxury feel to it.
Frontera Merlot is an intense, full-bodied wine with a deep red colour. A rich, herbal nose offers blends nicely with good composition and fruity flavours to give your Christmas evening that unique palatable feeling.
Thomas Barton Bordeaux
Thomas Barton Bordeaux is a very attractive wine with an intense, ripe, raspberry nose and tobacco overtones. It is well structured on the palate with plenty of fruit, good balance and great taste. Having been aged for three months, it brings elegance to your dining set for Christmas.
Terrazas Malbec is made from carefully selected grapes from terraces in the top quality districts of Mendoza. Aged for 12 months in oak casks, it has fruity aromas of black cherries, prunes and raisins. Hints of vanilla, caramel and toast appear as it opens up. The palate is powerful with concentrated round and ripe tannins. This is red wine redefined for your seafood dinners!
Carlo Rossi Sweet Moscato White
Carlo Rossi Moscato Sweet White is a light-bodied sweet and fruity wine layered with floral notes. Hints of tree and stone fruits create very fresh flavours. For an enjoyable dinner date, ensure that it is served chilled.
An impressive white wine from South Africa, Nederburg Chardonnay is a darling to the taste buds. It is full-bodied wine with balanced flavours of light butter, vanilla, citrus and green apple. Its green-tinted clear hue is much more a reminder of a fruitful year rather than the Christmas Grinch.
Antares Cab. Sauv. Rose
Antares Cabernet Sauvignon Rose has a delightful appearance and lovely floral aromas. It has a lively pink colour of medium intensity and characterised by citric notes which combine perfectly with intense red fruit flavours such as strawberries and raspberries. On the palate, the wine is fresh and silky and has a lovely finish. The Antares Cabernet Sauvignon is best served as an aperitif before your Christmas dinner.
Provence by OTT
Provence Rose By OTT is an elegant, pale and crystal-clear pink rose wine with orange undertones. Delicate and fruity on the nose, the wine has notes of white peach and apricot mixed with passion fruit and mango. The palate is full, fresh and crisp with hints of citrus fruits and sweet spices.