#HLDrinks: Le Bonheur Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


With temperatures in the Southern Hemisphere hitting an all time high, it's been all crisp white wine and fresh, light bubbly all the time. But the weather's a-changing, and we're looking longingly at the reds that were benched for the summer season. Because red's just a touch deeper, a smidge more sophisticated - it's a wine for the big problems in life: rain on your wedding day? Red wine. A free ride when you've already paid? Red wine. A black fly in your Chardonnay? Switch to red. It's certainly not ironic, just legitimate red-wine moments. Le Bonheur's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (R125) is the kind of wine you'd expect Olivia Pope to pour generous glasses of while navigating the tricky political scandals of a Republican-led Washington. Rich, bold and fruity, this is the bottle you'll pop open with your lover or your bestie, because the full-bodied liquid is ripe for DMCs or, when it comes to Ms Pope, drama. Solid tannins balance out succulent berry, prune and cherry on the palate delivering a satisfying flavour that develops with each sip, so you'll be revisiting Le Bonheur for every time life throws you lemons (or a veritable Alanis Morissette moment), and it's the best way to reintroduce reds into your drinking repertoire. Having it with dinner? Couple this Cab Sauv with a grilled beef tenderloin, seasoned with olive oil, freshly ground black pepper and salt flakes.