Drinks, food

Drink This: A 'Red White Wine'


Call it climate change, global warming or just the sad state of summer coming to an end, as it does, but the shift in temperature has resulted in some of us reaching for the red over the usual white we might go for on those balmy evenings post work. Just the thing for this transitional period (do I feel like white… do I feel like red?) is a nice, lightly chilled Pinot Noir. Some might call it the ‘heartbreak grape’, only because it’s a labour of love, not always happily requited, for the winemakers toiling with this temperamental varietal in the cellar. However, those who’ve crossed over to become outright Pinot-philes find it causes more pleasure than anything else. In our glasses this week is Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir 2010 (R180), from the fabulous Franschhoek estate, famous as much for cellarmaster Achim von Arnim’s antics with a sabre as for its stable of sparkling and still wines. They themselves refer to Pinot as both a ‘noble cultivar’ and a ‘red white wine’, and Haute Cabriere’s is elegant without being too ‘earthy’, discretely fruity and, yes, deliciously quaffable. It’s at its best served slightly chilled at 16° C. Cheers!