HL's Ultimate Festive Gift Guide2019 : Drinks Edition
The team here at House and Leisure have curated a list of our favourite tipples to spoil your loved ones (or yourself!) with this festive season, making it an even merrier time of year.
With the season of giving and celebration just around the corner, our team has created a list of slightly more special drinks to gift put under the tree for yourself or someone else. From oenophiles to gin-fanatics, we have you covered with this festive drinks gift guide.
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For the wine lover
Wining and dining go together like bread and butter during the festive season. Nederburg's premier range of wines make for the perfect hostess gift or accompaniment to a festive dinner. The Cabernet Sauvignon is an impressive gift, while their most award-winning wine of the year, the Noble Late Harvest from 2018, is a delicious sweet treat to place under someone's tree.
Nederburg The Beautiful Lady 2019
If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, the Nederburg Heritage Heroes The Beautiful Lady 2019 has notes of rose petals, Turkish delight, litchi and pineapple. This delectable wine is best served with biscotti, rose-scented lokum and candied pineapple for an indulgent nibble. Alternatively, pair it with mild curries (Thai or Malaysian-style made with coconut milk). One more reason to love it: it is presented in a beautiful silver tin, meaning you do not have to fuss about gift wrapping.
Shop it: R180 per bottle, Nederburg
Nederburg Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
This limited-edition wine has spent 29 months in French oak barrels, is richly fruited and expresses signature notes of black fruit, plums, cassis and cigar box. Enjoy this wine with rosemary-infused lamb, petit poussin with thyme, seared AAA-grade rump, fillet or sirloin, or Châteaubriand.
Shop it: R450 per bottle, Nederburg
Nederburg The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2018
As Nederburg's most award-winning wine of the year and winner of the 2019 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show’s unfortified dessert wine award, this is an ideal gift for the wine connoisseur. On the nose: fragrances of pineapple, litchi, apricot, tangerine, honey and dried peach. Savour this sweet wine with rich liver pâtés, or after-dinner pancakes served with orange and honey.
Shop it: R120 per bottle, Nederburg
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Babylonstoren's Mourvèdre Rosé 2019
This refreshing and elegantly dry summer wine features hints of strawberries and rose petals - a midsummer daydream in a glass. Babylonstoren will transport you to their iconic grounds this festive season with their Mourvèdre Rosé 2019. This pink wine is perfect for a hot summers day by the pool.
Shop it: R120 per bottle, Babylonstoren
For the gin obsessed
Victoria Classic Pink Gin
Produced and bottled in South Africa, this sultry pink gin bursts with a bouquet of African and more traditional gin botanicals including juniper, fresh citrus, raspberry and rose. The botanicals brought together to create this unique gin are based on inspiration from Prince Albert, the Gem of the Karoo. This gin is best served over crushed ice with tonic water or lemonade. Add a few strawberries to take the sweetness up a notch.
Shop it: R299 per bottle, Victoria Gin
Hendrick's Gin Cucumber Gift Curler Pack
Hendrick's Gin is offering the ultimate gin makers gift pack with a unique cucumber curler, allowing that special someone to feel like a genuine mixologist as they create the perfectly cut cucumber ribbon. The Hendrick's Gin Cucumber Curler gift pack includes a 750ml Hendrick's Gin and a special edition Hendrick's Gin Cucumber Curler.
Shop it: R429,95, Hendrick's Gin
Each Roku botanical is harvested in accordance with Japanese concept of ”shun”. This is the tradition of enjoying each ingredient at its best. Harvested once they have reached their peak of flavour and perfection. The six botanicals artisans to create the perfectly balanced gin. Roku Gin, the latest Japanese gin to hit South African shores, attributes their subtle, yet complex flavour profile to the seasons and harvesting their botanicals at the precise timing in which they blossom and bloom.
A suitable gift for a gin connisseur includes bottle of Roku – a signature of Japanese craftsmanship, from the embossed bottle to the traditional label – accompanied by two ceramic cups, each etched with the Roku logo.
Shop it: R299, Takealot
For the mixologist at home
This stylish drinks trolled from 8°South is the epitome of beach-chic. As a hand crafted item from Bali and other surrounding islands, 8°South using natural materials to create one-of-a-kind pieces.
Shop it: R4 542.50, 8°South
Three-piece gold cocktail set
Mix up a refreshing martini or mojito in style with Superbalist's three-piece gold cocktail set. The pack includes a 500ml cocktail shaker, a double-ended jigger and a cocktail strainer.
Shop it: R599, Superbalist
For the love of glassware
Riedel Stemless Red Wine Glasses with 1L Decanter
The Riedel Stemless Red Wine Glasses are perfect for the wine lover who likes to keep things more casual. Created to bring out the aroma's and flavours of Cabernet or Merlot, this unique glassware set includes four glasses and a decanter suited for a 750ml bottle of wine ensures that not a drop is wasted.
Shop it: R899, Yuppiechef
Prices correct at time of publication.