Daisy Knowles Daisy hails from the North-West Province, having grown up in Mafikeng. She spent five years in the UK, or (y)UK as she terms it, before returning to SA in 2001. She now lives and works in the fairest Cape. A most personable Personal Assistant by day, she dabbles with wine courses on the sideline to keep the brain in check and enjoys practicing the art of wine drinking at any and every chance she gets.
Clos Malverne MCC Ellie 2011 RRP: R185 ; Stockists: Available from the cellar door www.closmalverne.co.za
Daisy says: This wine was a lovely soft, dusty pink colour, which struck your palate with a zesty acidity… a tartness similar to biting into a cold, crisp apple. I picked up the faintest whiff of pomegranate on the nose. There was a certain emptiness to this wine, it faded to nothing quite quickly, but at the same time wasn’t at all offensive - it just wasn’t here nor there. I’d say this would make a good partner to weekend brunch. Charlotte says: Like a beautiful African sunset, the bubbles glint happily in the orangey pink glow of the glass. An aromatic nose, full of juicy red berries packed full of summertime sweetness yet the finish is nice and dry, with prickle of black pepper to balance out the
natural fruit. Soft rose petal flavours lend a romantic edge. Angelo says: This was a beautifully delicate brut, with incredibly fine bubbles. The nose displayed all the typical marshmallow, raspberries and cranberries a Brut Rosé would. It was dangerously smooth on the palate, and had flavours of strawberries, cherries and raspberries. This is that sort of delicious, cheeky potion that you get stuck into at your best friend’s wedding. It oils the joints and warms up the hamstrings, and before you know it you’ve pulled out the awkward kung fu dance moves you thought were super slick at the time, but that actually resembled an epileptic seizure at a strobe light convention.
“This is that sort of delicious, cheeky potion that you get stuck into at your best friend’s wedding.”
TasteTeam nights automatically come to mind when I taste this. There is a slightly cheeky tang to this drink, like mischief hidden behind a child’s seemingly innocent smile. I would say that this is the ideal toasting wine. Guest Taster – Arno says: The Ellie has a beautiful light pink colour with a fresh, earthy smell. The Ellie also offers a lingering creamy and fruity taste. The taste is followed by a slightly dry acidity, which is slight enough to urge you to drink more… and more. I can see Ellie working very well with fish or prawns.
Allée Bleue Brut Rosé 2012 RRP: R110; Stockists: Makro, Sunset Liquors and Carlucci’s www.alleebleue.com Daisy says: Nosing this wine reminded
llze says: This MCC has a beautifully luscious feminine pink colour with a burst of fresh aromatics on the nose. It has notes of fresh crisp apple, berries, red grapefruit and a hint of black pepper and saffron alongside a crisp, dry finish. However its delicate, mouthfilling mousse is wonderful, it lacks the crescendo it promises. Indulge in a gorgeous breakfast spread of fresh fruit and croissants and some bubbles kick start a great Sunday morning brunch with the girls. Silas Says: With its strong strawberry flavour, celebrations and romantic
me of pink fairground candy floss, interwoven with a quick nuance of
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