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What we'll be drinking this December

The wines we love. Ready to drink right now.

With temperatures rising and the holidays finally in sight, we asked our sales team about their go-to wines this festive season. From picnics to poolside sips, aperitifs to the main event, our list of '6 wines we're drinking this December' just had to be shared. Here's wishing you a wonderfully festive time ahead. May many a good bottle be popped during your celebrations.

J.L. Vergnon, Murmure Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature 1er Cru NV
'Fresh and crisp, the non-vintage Murmure Blanc de Blancs has a laser-like acidity that will pair perfectly with vibrant, briny West Coast oysters. It is grown and made by one of our favourite Grower Champagne producers – J.L. Vergnon. The bone-dry finish and linear, etched palate is the perfect 'first glass' with its salty, lemony notes awakening the palate for more to come.'James Pietersen

Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin, Chablis 2020
'This mineral, vibrant and perfumed Chablis comes from one of the region's oldest producers (400 years to be exact), Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin. This classically styled Chardonnay has massive personality and would be great with sushi, cheese, cold meats, vegetable terrines, asparagus, curries, oysters, and roast chicken, to name but a few. Next week, I'll be drinking this at an icy temperature in the middle of the bushveld!'Jolette Steyn

Glenelly, Estate Reserve Red 2013
'This is a classic Stellenbosch red moving into the peak of its drinking window. Made in a Bordeaux style, there is a dash of Syrah to add interest. The red and black fruit are wrapped in fine tannins, giving the wine its beautiful expression. It is ideal for the holiday table or for warm afternoons when served slightly chilled. If you can resist, keep some back for another 2-4 years to allow for further development.'Johan Malan

Festive favourites 2021

Laibach, Chenin Blanc Sur Lie 2020
'This is my favourite Chenin of the year! Fruit forward, layered and satisfying, it is very expressive with notes of citrus, stone fruit, pineapple, potpourri and a hint of spice. The palate has impressive depth of fruit, tangy acidity and an intensely savoury and long finish. Who wouldn't want to drink a 95-pointer for R130?'Aimée Beaumont

Pio Cesare, Moscato d'Asti 2019
'The Moscato d'Asti 2019 from Pio Cesare is just delicious! An absolute crowd-pleaser, it's fresh, fruity and boasts floral aromatics, pulling you in for more. Its sweet palate and sprightly fizz make for an incredibly versatile pairing wine. Served chilled as an aperitif with light seafood canapés or enjoy after mains with a selection of mature cheeses and preserved figs. Coming in at 5% alcohol, you may be tempted to sip the entire bottle on your own…'Kenny Nassen

Terre Nere, Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2018
'I had the pleasure of tasting and pouring this at the Vino in Piazza event in Johannesburg a few weeks back and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it! With poised, red fruit, it's rich and alluring with a mouth-watering acidity and slate-like minerality. It's focused and complex, showing notes of violets, dried cranberry, herbs and star anise. I'll be buying a special bottle of this to accompany my favourite Christmas Day dishes – tomato bruschetta and my mom's famous leg of lamb.'Lauren Segers


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