There is quite a bit going on at the moment, and this is to elaborate on all the cool stuff happening at the SPAR, at TOPS and our upcoming Wine Tasting.

SUPERSPAR Super Saver Week

There are some incredible specials for the Super Saver Week, valid from 4 – 8 October. A cold meat family hamper comes with a free sliced cheese pack; buy three baked beans tins and receive a free can of Bull Brand Curried Mincce and Vegetables. There is also a special on Lucky Star Pilchards, Sasko Brown Bread and Huletts Brown Sugar on special. These deals run till 8 October, so there is plenty of time to stock up. More below. 

Lovely New Wines In Store At TOPS

There is a fabulous new collection of wines in store at TOPS, many of which come with rankings on the Tim Atkins Report. 

 The Tim Atkins report is the annual benchmark on the new wine releases. His scores are very influential in the SA and global wine industry. 

https://timatkin.com/reports/

Chamonix Chardonnay Reserve 2021  

– Tim Atkin | 93 pts

– Up for 5-Star tasting Platter 2024

Eenzaamheid Chenin Blanc 2021 (2020 Vintage – 5 Star Platter)  

– Tim Atkin | 91 pts 

– Up for 5-Star tasting Platter 2024

– Winemag | 93 pts TOP 10

Eenzaamheid Shiraz 2021 (2020 Vintage – Winemag | 96 Pts – BEST SHIRAZ & BEST OVERALL RED IN SA)  

– Tim Atkin | 92 pts

– Up for 5-Star tasting Platter 2024

Illimis Chenin Blanc 2022 (2021 Vintage – 5 Star Platter) 

– Up for 5-Star tasting Platter 2024

Illimis Cinsault 2022 

– Tim Atkin | 93 pts

Illimis Pinotage 2022 (2021 Vintage – Winemag | 95 pts & 5 Star Platter)   

– Up for 5-Star tasting Platter 2024

– Winemag | 93 pts TOP 10

– Tim Atkin | 93 pts

 Illimis Riesling 2017

– Tim Atkin | 94 pts

– 4 Star Platter

Gabrielskloof Landscape Syrah 2021  

– Tim Atkin | 95 pts

– Up for 5-Star tasting Platter 2024

La Brune Pinot Noir 2022  

– Tim Atkin | 95 pts

– Up for 5-Star tasting Platter 2024

 

TOPS At Spar Wine Tasting

Join us on 12 October at the Concours Sur Mesure TOPS at Spar Wine Tasting. Tickets are R300, and there are only 300 tickets available. Reservations with Michaela on 041 294 1664

Rooibos Beer, anyone?

Rooibos is a tea unique to South Africa. It grows in a specific location in the Cederberg on the Cape’s West Coast but is enthusiastically consumed by tea lovers worldwide.

Its highly individual flavour has already been used in spirits, with some producers using it in gin, for example, but it may have a new application: beer!

Mass-produced brews no longer enjoy the exclusive rights to beer lovers share of throat, and the landscape has become more dynamic as enthusiastic and innovative craft brewers challenge the accepted norms.

Breweries are constantly testing the boundaries of flavour innovation to cater to diverse consumer preferences. It’s why spices, fruit and herbs have found their way into beer recipes, resulting in intriguing blends that reflect the country’s rich culinary heritage.

Adele du Toit, spokesperson for the SA Rooibos Council, says the small-batch, all-natural brewing market has experienced a surge in popularity. “For modern consumers, homebrewing and enjoying unique and diverse beer flavours add value to the experience. Homebrewing allows beer enthusiasts to experiment with different ingredients and brewing techniques, allowing them to create personalised and one-of-a-kind (signature) brews.

She says using Rooibos in beer has found increasing favour among craft brewers worldwide, with dozens of Rooibos-infused beer options now available.

“Rooibos’ mild sweetness, earthy notes, and hints of vanilla and honey add to its appeal in beer,” she said. These flavours can add complexity and depth to beer styles, notably lighter or malt-forward brews.

Read the full article in the latest issue of Cheers Magazine