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Lovely Wine Labels

There's nothing quite like a glass of quality red wine in winter, in front of the fire with a loved one.

Are you lured in as much by the label design as you are by the stuff inside? Then check out these gorgeous labels to lust over:

1. Black Elephant, Nicholas Red 2103

110When it comes to great packaging matched by enjoyable wines, Franschhoek boutique cellar Black Elephant Vinters keeps getting it right. The latest vintages of BEV's accessible white and red blends (both R85) have us feeling warm and fuzzy, too. The Timothy White 2014 (Sauv Blanc, Semillion, Viognier) and Nicholas Red 2103 (Syrah, Mourvèdre) were named after owner Kevin Swart's sons - the one being 'fun and fast paced', the other a little more complex, but both equally special. bevinters.co.za

Text Leigh Robertson Photograph Adam Letch

Featured in the October 2014 issue of House and Leisure.

2. Protea, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon 

26We're not the only fans of the new-look Protea range from Anthonij Rupert Wyne, a winner at the 2014 Worldstar Packaging Awards. The work of New York-based fashion designer Mark Eisen (born is Cape Town, we might add), the prints on the bottles take our Cape flora to new heights of cool - you'll be reluctant to pop your empties out with the recycling. We can think of 101 uses! Look our for the full range (R49,99 each for whites, R49,99 for reds). rupertwines.com

Text Leigh Robertson Photograph Supplied

Featured in the November 2014 issue of House and Leisure.

3. Tamboerskloof, John Spicer 2009

34If you happened upon Kleinood wine farm in Stellenbosch, you'll know nothing is spared its owners' magical aesthetic touch, fromthe atmospheric tasting room to all the packaging. Newly launched is the handcrafted single vineyard Tamboerskloof John Spicer 2009 (R510) an elegant Syrah with an individualistic character echoed in its unique presentation - each bottle is wrapped in a print of  painting by artist Beezy bailey, and comes with a booklet about wine. kleinood.co.za

Text Leigh Robertson Photograph Supplied

Featured in the January/February 2015 issue of House and Leisure.

4. Mr P Pinot Noir 2013

mr-p-pinot-noir-copyAnother delightful offering from Elgin winery Iona is this superbly packaged – and deliciously drinkable – Pinot that promises to win over new fans to the varietal. cherry fruit notes and spicy undertones make it a great partner to charcuterie.

Text Leigh Robertson Photograph Supplied

Featured in the September 2014 issue of House and Leisure.