1. THE BEWITCHING BOTANIST
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin is ridiculously smooth. Gliding over the palate like a figure skater, it leaves only the loveliest traces of menthol, apple mint, coriander, and summer meadows. It offers a melody of Islay’s natural bounty and its wave-battered shores.
• Available from R499
2. A BEAUTIFUL FUTURE AWAITS
Belvedere Vodka, the original super-premium vodka, has partnered with Grammy-nominated musician Janelle Monáe to create a Beautiful Future (well, in a limited-edition bottle at least). Crafted using only superior-grade Polish rye and water from its own local pristine source, it’s 100% natural, structured, elegant, and smooth. It’s tops for everything from Bloody Mary brunches to fresh sunset cocktails.
• Available from R499
3. A TRIO OF TRIPLE CASKS
No expense or number of oak casks have been spared in creating this trio of remarkable Macallan whiskies. Take your pick from the following: The 12-Year-Old Triple Cask is a light and vibrant single malt bursting with fresh flavours. The 15-Year-Old Triple Cask is a rich and sublime whisky. The 18-Year-Old Triple Cask is an exotic whisky with a depth of character.
4. A RAINBOW NATION WITH A BLUE LABEL
Johnnie Walker's Blue Label Nomad pays homage to our own heritage with its unique packaging that celebrates the rare discoveries, cities, and diverse cultures of South Africa. Inside the bottle, you’ll be glad to find equally vibrant flavours and a velvety mouthfeel that leads to a finish that’s as layered as our collective past.
• Available from R2,999
5. RICKETY BRIDGE STANDS STRONG
Rickety Bridge, the Franschhoek Valley wine estate, has been honoured with a coveted five-star rating and joint Best Semillon Award in the 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide. The wine in the spotlight, The Pilgrimage 2017, is a limited edition produced from old vines that grow in a heritage vineyard block. The tiny yields are then whole-bunch pressed and naturally fermented before being matured for 11 months in a combination of foudre (large) and older 500-litre barrels. Rich and intense, yet fresh, it’s perfectly dry on the finish.
• Available from R450
6. PAMPELLE BY THE POOL
A new summer aperitif has just arrived from the sun-drenched French island of Corsica. Pampelle is made from handpicked grapefruits distilled three ways, and its bitter-sweet taste pairs exquisitely with a good tonic and a handful of ice. Best enjoyed alongside lazy alfresco meals and splashes from a swimming pool.
• Available from R399
• From the February issue of Wanted 2020.