South African wines are not usually my first choice, as I honestly don’t know much about them. However, recently I got to discover a couple of very good ones at a food and wine pairing event hosted by Sainsbury’s and Bosman. Bosman is an eighth-generation family owned South African winery, which grow premium vineyards and supply Fairtrade wines to Sainsbury’s.
Taste the Difference Fairtrade Chenin Blanc, 2016
I’m no-nonsense when it comes to wine. I either like it or I don’t. I tend to prefer dry whites and robust, spicy reds such as Argentine Malbecs. I like wines that can hold their own first and appreciate when it matches with food too. Bosman’s Taste the Difference Fairtrade Chenin Blanc, 2016 (£7) perfectly demonstrates this. It’s a refreshing wine with honey and apple notes and although complex, very accessible. It was paired with Piri Piri Chicken on Mango and Fennel Slaw and beautifully brought out the flavours of the dish.
Piri Piri Chicken on Mango and Fennel Slaw
Bosman MCC Steen, 2012
Another good wine was Bosman MCC Steen, 2012. It’s a light sparkling wine, again from the Chenin Blanc grape, with clean fruity flavours. This was paired with canapés of Bobotie Cigars and Sweetcorn Fritters with Avocado, Chilli and Lime. Wines that didn’t quite tickle my fancy were: Bosman Adama White, 2015 paired with Prawns Atjar. Taste the Difference Vine Rosé, 2016 (£8) paired with Grilled Fig, Feta and Beetroot Salad with Pomegranate Dressing. Taste the Difference Shiraz, 2015 (£6) paired with Lamb Soastie with Spiced Rice and Taste the Difference Cabernet Merlot, 2015 (£7) paired with Venison Stew with Creamy Polenta. At the end of the day wine is a personal choice and you might think differently, so do give them a try and tell me what you think.