“Open That Bottle Night” is an annual event on the wine calendar, usually celebrated on the last Saturday of February. What is it all about? Well, do you have that special bottle(s) of wine that you are saving for a special occasion? This is that special occasion! Open it up, let it breathe (or not) and enjoy every single scrumptious drop. #OpenThatBottleNight is your reason and excuse to do so!
In honor of OTBN, myself and a couple of my wine loving #SAVineShare friends reunited online earlier this week to sip and savour the best that Roodeberg has got to offer. So, which wine, from the iconic Roodeberg stable will be the best option to enjoy on this special occassion. Yes, we called it #OpenThatRoodeberg!
Roodeberg is such an iconic South African brand! What are your memories of Roodeberg? Growing up, it wasn’t as easy to get hold of Roodeberg Wines (as I remember from stories from the ‘elders’, but it has always reminded me of the smell and sounds of friends and family gathering around the braai, with lamb tjoppies and braaibroodjies.
We kicked off with the 2022 Roodeberg Rosé is one of those wines that turn any occassion into a special one! One of my favourite roses! (Tasting notes shared from Roodeberg)
- Blending Components: 31.49% Mourvedre, 23.43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15.02% Shiraz, 11.14% Grenache red, 7.98% Pinotage, 5.82% Carignan, 5.12% Cinsault
- Wine Description: This attractive, deep salmon-pink rosé delights with subtle aromas of strawberry, blueberry and raspberry. The palate is fresh and bright, with hints of Turkish delight, strawberry with good a acidity and fruity, long finish.
- Cellaring Potential: Enjoy now or cellar for up to 24 months from vintage
- Serving Suggestion: Enjoy on its own, in the company of friends. The wine is at its best when served well chilled.What I enjoy is the fact that it can be sipped on it’s own, but it also works well if paired with grilled seafood, chicken or pork skewers or sushi! Can you say #datenight? RRP (Recommended Retail Price) R67,00
Another great (and accessible) #OpenThatRoodeberg option is the Roodeberg Classic Red Blend. We tried the 2021 vintage.
- Blending Components: 35% Shiraz, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Tannat, 8% Durif, 7% Merlot, 6% Other
- Wine Description: This famous red blend shows aromatic layers of fresh red fruit, raspberry, mulberries, cassis and dark fruit with an undertone of spices and dark chocolate. The palate is well balanced and soft with nuances of cedary oak and dark plums, ends off with a velvet tannins structure.
- Serving Suggestion: Enjoy this wine on its own or as an accompaniment to roast, grilled and barbequed red meat and chicken dishes
- The Wine’s Maturation: The wine underwent 14 months of oak maturation in mostly French oak. Some American oak was utilized for a small percentage of the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon components.
- Cellaring Potential: Savour this wine now or cellar it for 5+ years.
Easy-drinking and smoooooth, perfect for enjoying with friends at a braai! Yes, that’s what I said earlier as well! Now I’m dreaming of chicken kebabs and potato salad! RRP R89.00
A delicious premium option from Roodeberg is their 2019 vintage Roodeberg Reserve. How beautiful is that label? This Cabernet Sauvignon-driven blend is an intense, richly layered blend of the finest barrels in the cellar. Special indeed!
- Blending Components: 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Shiraz, 16% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot, 8% Durif
- Wine Description: This layered and sophisticated red blend exudes aromas of red plum, blueberries, crushed herbs and tobacco leaf with hints of dark chocolate and cedary oak. The palate reveals flavours of dried spice and is complemented with soft and silky tannins.
- Serving Suggestion: Enjoy this wine on its own or as an accompaniment to meat Casseroles, game dishes and any other flavoursome red meat dishes
- The Wine’s Maturation: The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 18 months. A 35% portion was aged in new wood, and the rest in second and third-fill barrels.
- Cellaring Potential: The wine is ready to be enjoyed now or cellared for up to six years from vintage
I can picture enjoying this wine with a home-made venison pie. Divine.
Have you tried Roodeberg’s 1949 before? This will make a wonderful wine to enjoy on Open That Bottle Night. We enjoyed the 2019 vintage – let me tell you a bit more about more.
- Blending Components: 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21.2% Tempranillo, 8.0% Carignan, 10.6% Carménère, 8.0% Petit Verdot, 9.7% Grenache noir
- Wine Description: This deep, ruby coloured, concentrated red blend shows prominent aromas of dark cherry, blackcurrant and dried herbs. On the palate Cinnamon, sweet spice and ripe, juicy dark fruit together with a firm tannin structure, ensures good length and an enduring finish.
- Serving Suggestion: This wine can be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of flavourful meat dishes
- The Wine’s Maturation: The wine was matured for 18 months in barrels of new French oak
- Cellaring Potential: Enjoy the wine now or cellar for five to eight years.
This special wine features some exciting French and Spanish varieties. Imagine sipping this with a slow roasted lamb shank!
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Which one grabbed your attention?
*With thanks to Roodeberg Wines for the opportunity to enjoy these beautiful wines!*