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Celebrate the winter season with waterblommetjie bredie and Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc

1 July 2019  -  Neil Ellis Wines

White wines are often set aside for the winter season, but winter whites might just be a reason to toast the chilly season. Native to the Boland, or Cape wine country, is a stew made from the small flowers that are found in the dams and marshes of the area. It is called waterblommetjie bredie and, deliciously fragrant, is most often slowly cooked with lamb.

Synonymous to roadside barters between any of the major Boland towns, it sets the scene for the first signs of winter in the Cape.

It is true that white wines don’t normally make it onto the dinner table during the winter but drinking white wine in the chilly season might just be a way to toast the onset of much needed cold spells and celebrate the seasonal, flavourful abundance of winter.

But white wine in winter ends mostly in the meal and that is unfortunate, says winemaker Warren Ellis. Perhaps, in the spirit of trying something new, keep the sauvignon blanc outside the fridge for the afternoon and with warming up, the flavours will become more prominent and will ultimately enhance your dinner experience. Here are a few of his white wine suggestions with pure-bred winter meals:

With Waterblommetjie Bredie the Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc is best divided into three parts; one third for cooking, one third for drinking while cooking and one third to be enjoyed with the finished meal.

The silkiness of the barrel-fermented Amica Sauvignon Blanc will enhance a slow-roasted pork belly or cassolet and provide some acidity to cut through the richness of the dish.

A hearty vegetable soup or meat-based comfort food will stimulate a taste sensation with the crisp minerality of the Whitehall Chardonnay.

Ultimately, the refreshing acidity of white wines will cut through the fattiness and enhance the flavour of the foods that we love to eat in winter. These wines, says Warren, all have sufficient minerality and depth to provide a whole new winter food experience.

Click here to get your hands on our selection of winter whites.

Photos and styling by Lark Haus.