Best-selling author Ernie Zelinski once said, “Never economise on the small luxuries of life. Drinking fine wine and eating chocolate won’t solve your problems, but they won’t hurt either.”
 
What better way to enjoy these luxuries than together? After all, robust reds like Merlot and oak-matured wines often have chocolate notes to begin with, and fruity flavours feature prominently in the dark chocolate bouquet, so pairing these two delicious delights is a natural union.
 
We asked Master Chocolatiers, Lindt & Sprüngli, for their ultimate pairing of fine dark chocolate and South African wines from the historic Simondium farm, Vrede en Lust Estate. These are their top six picks:
 

Fetchingly fruity: Lindt Excellence 70% and Vrede en Lust Boet Erasmus

The earthy flavours of this Bordeaux blend perfectly complement the dark notes of Excellence 70%, with hints of red and black fruit elevating the subtle vanilla character of the chocolate. Vrede en Lust Boet Erasmus is a full-bodied wine with strong aromas. These robust qualities are mellowed out by the chocolate’s balanced flavour profile, resulting in a smooth and satisfying finish that lingers enticingly on the palate.

Dark and spicy: Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa and Vrede en Lust Artisan Shiraz Cabernet

The intense cocoa character of Lindt Excellence 85% pairs up masterfully with the fruity aromas of this artisanal blend from Vrede en Lust. The balanced flavours and subtle liquorice notes of the chocolate are expertly complemented by the wine’s smooth, spicy finish.

 Sweet, rich and refreshing: Lindt Excellence Mint Intense and Vrede en Lust Mocholate Malbec

Dark chocolatey undertones meet rich fruity notes to create a beautifully aromatic wine, which pairs perfectly with Lindt Excellence Mint Intense. Both chocolate and wine balance dark and light flavours perfectly, playing off one another to produce a sensory symphony that’s both comforting and refreshing.

 Citrus sublime: Lindt Excellence Orange Intense and Vrede and Lust’s Chenins, Chardonnays, Viogniers and Semillons

An exceptionally versatile slab, Lindt Excellence Orange Intense’s subtle zestiness and understated crunch make it a perfect pairing partner for a wide range of wines. Although Wooded Chenins, Chardonnays, Viogniers and barrel-fermented Semillons specifically offer something special when paired with Orange Intense.

 Light and shade: Lindt Excellence A Touch of Sea Salt and Vrede en Lust Viognier

A surprising yet spectacular combination, this pairing is brimming with colourful complexity, and makes the perfect accompaniment to a technicolour sunset. The wine’s delicate spicy notes and subtle creaminess play off the salt crystals in the chocolate to create a flavourful and intense taste experience, at once both light and dark in character.

 Zesty, cool and crisp: Lindt Excellence Lime Intense and Vrede en Lust Sauvignon Blanc

A culinary match-up ideally suited to spring, this combination of crisp flavours is the perfect way to ease into a leisurely evening. The zest of lime found in the chocolate delicately moderates the acidity of the wine, creating a cool and refreshing mouth feel that cleanses and lifts the palate.
 
Tantalise your taste buds with these and other sumptuous combinations in Winederland at the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show. For more information go to www.wineshow.co.za

 

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