Heritage wines to celebrate Braai Day

From Chateau Libertas to Meerlust and Kanonkop, some golden oldies still add great value to any celebration, and especially to a special braai.

Wonderful wines have done their bit to make braais a special part of our heritage. Despite all the new labels to hit the scene, some golden oldies have stood the test of time to deliver great value and flavour, over decades, if not centuries.

Not a year has gone by since 1932 that Chateau Libertas hasn't been available. Still an elegantly wooded Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, it continues to delight South Africans in another century. Even though there's so much choice today, people know a good thing when they discover it and keep choosing this wine for its familiar, smooth, delicious taste and easy-drinking pleasure.

Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate, which was originally purchased by JW Sauer, a cabinet member in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. The name Kanonkop was derived from a kopje (hillock), from which a cannon was fired in the 17th century to alert farmers in outlying areas that sailing ships plying the waters between Europe and the Far East had entered Table Bay for a stopover. You won’t be disappointed with any of their offerings, from Kadette to their flagship, Paul Sauer.

Meerlust has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the traditional dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, eighth generation custodian of this 17th century national monument. Try their Chardonnay, which is full bodied and generous on the palate, to pair with any braai meat selection.

Situated on the outskirts of the historic town of Stellenbosch, Lanzerac is a 300-year-old private working wine estate in the Jonkershoek Valley. In 1959 the Rosé was launched, the longest-standing wine in the range. Two years later, the company also launched the world’s first commercially bottled pinotage, with a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay added more recently.

French Huguenot Jacques Malan first set foot in the Cape in 1688. The Malan family’s wine knowledge has since accumulated over many generations, equipping them to excel as one of the leading private producers of estate wines at Simonsig. The late Frans Malan was the first producer of méthode champenoise in South Africa when he pioneered Cap Classique in 1971 with their legendary Kaapse Vonkel.

KWV is one of the leading wine and spirits producers locally and has a distinguished heritage, celebrated around the globe, of product innovation and exceptional brands. These include Roodeberg, KWV Wines, KWV Brandies, and Laborie.

Today we celebrate a rich and rewarding history of more than 350 years of winemaking! Don’t miss out on celebrating this with the 1659 Special Edition red blend of Merlot, Cinsaut and Cabernet Sauvignon. Crammed full of sumptuous, ripe mulberry and logan berry flavours, layered with vanilla and fine, persistent tannins. The palate is soft and juicy, dominated with a delicious plum and chocolate finish.