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There are times when the indulgence in great wine does not have to be lavish. The month of March in South Africa is always balmy with plenty of sunshine. Today, we recommend three wines to accompany these last few weeks of Summer. From Rioja’s Bodegas Muga, a white blend of Viura, Garnacha blanca and Malvasía, a rosé of Garnacha and Viura, and then from Bordeaux’s Clos Cantenac in Saint-Émilion, a rosé of Merlot. All three wines come in at under R 300 per bottle.

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The Muga family’s Rioja blanco (white) is a hand-harvested blend of Viura, Garnacha blanca and Malvasía from two separate locations. The grapes are pressed and left to macerate a little on the skins, before being racked off into different sized wooden vats and new French-oak casks. Following fermentation, the wine is matured for four months in casks with a stirring of the lees (bâtonnage).

We recommend enjoying this wine with grilled fish, a variety of shellfish dishes, Portuguese or Spanish-style rice dishes, and also before a main meal with an array of tapas.

Bodegas Muga
Rioja Blanco 2021
Rioja Denominación de Origen Calificada
(13.5% Alc.)

92 points, Tim Atkin MW

R 250 per bottle

The Rioja rosado (rosé) is produced from Garnacha and Viura, with the grapes lightly macerated together at a controlled temperature for five hours. Following fermentation, the wine stays on its lees for sixteen weeks. The result is a wine very light in colour and wonderfully fresh on both the nose and palate.

This vibrant rosé is perfect to enjoy with fresh, room temperature dishes like salads, with light pasta and seafood too. The Muga rosado is also delicious on its own!

Bodegas Muga
Rioja Rosado 2021
Rioja Denominación de Origen Calificada
(13.5% Alc.)

90 points, Tim Atkin MW

R 210 per bottle

Martin Krajewski’s Clos Cantenac in Saint-Émilion has released its finest Bordeaux rosé to date. The 2021 vintage is produced from a 3.5-hectare vineyard of Merlot, all harvested by hand. The pressed Merlot is fermented in 15% new, 15% second and third-year French Oak barrels and 70% in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged for five months on its lees with regular bâtonnage. This rosé is bottled under glass stopper.

Winemaker’s tasting note: ”…intense and fragrant aromas of luscious wild strawberries, mandarin peel, grapefruit, citrus, and red berries. On the palate it shows the same fine register of complex red summer berry and tropical fruit flavours, with hints of vanilla, a soft attack of smokiness and a savoury finish…long, fresh and aromatic, yet perfectly balanced by a lovely refreshing acidity…”

If you enjoy freshly shucked oysters, we suggest pairing them with this rosé. Otherwise, just ensure your bottles of L’Exuberance are well-chilled and just enjoy over a leisurely lunch by the pool or overlooking the ocean.

Château Clos Cantenac
L’Exuberance Rosé 2021
Appellation Bordeaux Contrôlée
(12% Alc.)

17/20, Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages

R 295 per bottle

Order a mixed case

We can also send you a mixed case, with four bottles each of the above three wines. Simply click below.

Bodegas Muga Rioja Blanco 2021
x 4 bottles
Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado 2021
x 4 bottles
Clos Cantenac L’Exuberance Bordeaux Rosé 2021
x 4 bottles

R 3,020 per case