This week we’re drinking …

We’ve loving The Muratie Melck’s Blended Red 2020 – a blend of 46 per cent Merlot and 32 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Shiraz. It’s a medium-bodied wine, says the winemaker, intended for everyday enjoyment, all soft tannins, bright red berries and hints of white pepper and chocolate from careful oaking, R150. Also look out for Muratie Laurens Campher 2021 – a blend of Chenin Blanc, with smaller amounts of Sauvignon Blanc, Verdehlo and Viognier. R250 from

The Garden Route Shiraz 2020 is a multi-layered wine with ripe, dense fruit flavours and in perfect balance with the creamy, rich vanilla-oak. Serve with roasted or smoked red meat dishes such as game, lamb or venison. About R130. Also look out for Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2023, described by De Krans Wines winemaker Christoff de Wet as a complex wine with tropical fruit and grassy flavours, supported by a beautiful earthy minerality, typical of its cool climate origin. A perfect Summer wine … lovely served chilled on its own, or serve with roasted white meat dishes or fresh seafood dishes. R100. Both are from the Garden Route Wines, a small range of premium, cool-climate wines a bottle. Details and orders from