Our Festive Bubbly and Wine Wishlist for 2018

Words: Crush

We are utterly spoilt for choice when it comes to wine and bubbly, so many to choose from, in fact, so many absolutely great ones to choose from, that it makes narrowing it down nearly impossible. These are just a few of the ones we love.

Festive Bubbly & Wine Wishlist 2018

festive wine wishlist

Babylonstoren Wines | Mourvedre Rosé

An elegant dry wine of a sophisticated salmon colour with delicious hints of strawberries and rose petals. A sip leads to a delightful discovery of creamy strawberry yoghurt, the sweet airiness of candy-floss and a subtle punch of acidity. With its face to the sun and its feet in the water, this witty cultivar will spark the creative senses and leave you with a lingering mouth-feel. A wine for pink food, ironically. Try trout, Norwegian salmon, sushi, charcuterie and salads. Preferably drink within one year of production.

Price: R110


Accompanying Gift: Babylonstoren Cane Picnic Basket

Nothing says summer quite like sipping on Rosé in the sun. We suggest accompanying your bottle of Mourvedre Rosé with this gorgeous handmade cane picnic basket for long and lazy afternoons in the sun. Each basket has enough space to fill with your bottle of rose, your choice of outdoor snacks and a picnic blanky. Available from the Babylonstoren online store and at the Farm Shop.

Price: R380


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Nicolas Feuillatte Réserve Exclusive Brut

The Nicolas Feuillatte Réserve Exclusive Brut is a fresh, vibrant Champagne, effusing intense, expressive fruit, while extensive cellar-aging for three years brings appealing maturity to perfect style and consistency. Aromas of juicy pear and apricot merge and weave in a beguiling fusion around a mass of delicate bubbles, gradually unleashing their true character over time Approachable and refreshing, this Champagne offers the complexity to be enjoyed with appetisers or a celebratory meal.

Price: R580

Accompanying Gift: Le Creuset Sparkling Wine Crown Stopper

The perfect companion to a bottle of bubbly is a nifty device that ensures it remains, well, bubbly! This beautiful Le Creuset Sparkling Wine Crown Stopper will keep your champagne fresh, fizzy and full of flavour.

Price: R550


Graham Beck | Brut Zero

This deliciously different, more natural bubbly was created without the use of additional sugar in the dosage – the liqueur which is added just after disgorging. Graham Beck Brut Zero joins the ranks of the very few zero dosage wines. It’s a category gaining in popularity amongst chefs, sommeliers, fashionistas and food enthusiasts and due to its ultra-dry, crisp and refreshing characteristics, this style of bubbly will find many fans amongst the health conscious.

This unique style of wine can only be crafted in exceptional vintages from the very highest quality juice (tête de cuvée) – thus it is only available in very limited quantities.

Price: R370


Accompanying Gift: Riedel ‘O’ Stemless Champagne Glasses

Such a unique bubbly deserves to be served in equally unique champagne flutes. We love these Riedel ‘O’  stemless champagne glasses.

Price: R390


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Thokozani | Ovation Spumanté

This tropical looking sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is equally tropical on the palate. A semi-sweet sparkling wine with tropical fruit on the nose – fit for any occasion and pairs perfectly with light and sweet desserts like strawberries and cream.

Price: R66


Accompanying Gift: Slogan Print Santa Sack

Swap out your old Christmas stocking with this snazzy Santa sack. It’s the perfect vessel for your Christmas pressies! For a nifty gift idea, package your Ovation Spumanté in the Santa Sack for someone special.

Price: R180


Lemberg | Spencer 2014

This 100% Pinotage is from the boutique Lemberg Winery, located in beautiful Tulbagh. The wine shows ripe dark berries and plums backed by spicy oak with a hint of dark chocolate. Its firm and balanced structure leads to a full-bodied and concentrated palate with a lingering finish.

Price: R250

Available from Wine Concepts.


Accompanying Gift: Panettone Chocolate

This Panettone Chocolate is specially made for Woolies in Italy and then sent over for your enjoyment. We love the combination of this gorgeous package along with a bottle of Lemberg Spencer – perfect for the host or hostess with the most this festive season. This beauty is filled with chocolate cream, topped with dark chocolate and decorated with chocolate flakes and works beautifully with the wine.

Price: R279.99

Da Luca | Sparkling Rose

A refreshingly crisp, light, Italian Rose with a fruity and intense bouquet of red fruits on the nose. The perfect sparkle to enjoy on a warm summer’s day by the pool celebrating with friends and family.

Price: R85


Accompanying Gift: Intex Ride-on Big Flamingo

We’ve got the perfect companion to your pool-side festivities. Float around fuss-free in the pool atop this fezzy ride-on flamingo – a glass of chilled Da Luca sparkles in hand of course.

Price: R699


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La Motte | MCC

This gorgeous bubbly just screams festivity! This memorable MCC has aromas of baked bread followed by ripe pear fruit and nuts. A long-presence bubbly with a soft, foamy entry and a tight lingering aftertaste.

Price: R340


Accompanying Gift: Christmas Winter Palace Crackers 6-Pack

What’s a Christmas celebration without Christmas crackers? Start your Christmas meal off with a bang with a combo of freshly popped La Motte MCC and these Woolies Winter Palace Crackers filled with festive goodies.

Price: R329


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Veuve Clicquot | Rich Rosé

Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé allows you to enjoy your sparkles with a personalised touch. Veuve Clicquot, together with skilled mixologists, has carefully selected unique ingredients that enhance the natural flavours of red fruits in the Rich Rosé. Ginger, lime, pineapple and tea pair perfectly with this gorgeous bottle of bubbly. Simply fill your glass with ice, select with your ingredient and top off with your Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé. We’re gifting one lucky Crush reader with a bottle to enjoy this summer – click here for more information.

Price: R899


Accompanying Gift:  Schott Zwiesel Simplify Velvety & Sumptuous Wine Glasses, Set of 2

These tall and gorgeous goblets are a serious spoil for the lover-of-wine in your life. Perfect for mixing the ultimate Veuve Rich Rosé cocktail – see how to here

Price: R1059


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Lautus | Savvy White

A delicious non-alcoholic wine alternative for those of you who have friends or family looking for a booze-free festive bonanza. Lautus Savvy White carries flavours of tropical fruit and lime balanced with fresh acidity and a long, satisfying finish.

Price: R60


Accompanying Gift: Love Milo Picnic Blanket

Sip and savour your divine de-alcoholised wine atop this beautiful Love Milo picnic blanky.

Price: R1199


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Groote Post | Salt of the Earth

A full-bodied blend of 66% Shiraz and 34% Cinsault presents flavours of cedarwood, plum, white pepper and violet notes typical of Shiraz in darling. This is integrated with fresh cherry and strawberry flavours from the Cinsault. A decadently smooth and well-structured wine with a touch of spice and subtle earthy undertones.

Price: R240


Accompanying Gift: Cocoafair Macadamias in 71% Dark Chocolate

There’s honestly no better accompaniment to red wine than a gorgeous block of dark choccy. Cocoafair’s beautiful bars are handmade following bean-to-bar practices. We love these decadent macadamia nuts enrobed in 71% dark choc.

Price: R52


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